Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges has recently signed a recording deal with EMI’s Blue Note label and is set to release his debut LP in late summer. Inspired by their collaboration on the film Crazy Heart, Bridges has chosen multiple-Grammy Award-winning songwriter, musician and producer, as well as longtime friend T-Bone Burnett to record the album with.
Burnett, known for his work with Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, Elton John and Leon Russell and the Grammy-winning soundtracks to O Brother, Where Are Thou? and Walk the Line, has crossed professional paths with Bridges several times before. The two met more than 30 years ago when Kris Kristofferson introduced them during the filming of the 1980 film Heaven’s Gate. Since then, Burnett selected the songs for The Big Lebowski, starring Bridges, and co-wrote several songs for the Crazy Heart soundtrack, including “The Weary Kind,” which earned Burnett his second Oscar nomination and first win (along with songwriter Ryan Bingham) for “Best Original Song.”
As far as the music on Bridges’ new album is concerned, it is his multi-faceted relationship with Burnett that has provided the most inspiration. “It’s a relationship that’s really inflamed my music,” Bridges told the Santa Barbara Independent.
Burnett has assembled a vast number of musicians to perform on the album, including guest vocalists Rosanne Cash, Sam Phillips and Benji Hughes. Bridges will contribute original composition, as well as material from several acclaimed songwriters.
More details to be announced in the coming months.