Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jeff Bridges Plans to Duet with Elton for New Album

JEFF Bridges has spoken out about his new music career.

The 61-year-old actor took Esquire magazine’s Chris Jones to a recording studio with him after deciding he’d like to concentrate on music rather than acting.

“Acting, man,” Jeff said. “Believe me, I like life to come at me a little slower than that. I was just playing the calm guy….But I am taking advantage of the opportunity. Now’s the perfect time for me to do something like this.”

Bridges recently revealed he’s planning on recording a duet with Sir Elton John.

The 61-year-old actor is currently working on an album following his Oscar success as alcoholic country singer Bad Blake in Crazy Heart last year, and is keen to work on a track with the music icon.

“Winning the Oscar has helped me,” Jeff told Shortlist magazine. “I’m currently making an album with producer and songwriter T-Bone Burnett. That comes directly from the success of Crazy Heart.

“I was recently on the Speaking Clock tour, headlined by Leon Russell and Elton John. Elvis Costello was there and I got to sing with him, which was cool, I really enjoyed it.

“Elton is a great person. We talked about doing a duet. I’d certainly like to.”

Discussing his Oscar success — this year repeated with a nomination for his role in True Grit — the bearded star reveals his favorite thing about awards recognition is the “acknowledgment” of his peers that he has made a good movie.

“It’s great to be acknowledged by the guys for what you do. There’s also an element to all of these award shows that they’re a commercial for the movie industry,” he said.

“That’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s an element of my job that’s like being a barker at a carousel. But after you put all that energy into a film, it’s great if people come see it.”

- Showbiz Spy

The Guardian reports that although details are a little sketchy, a release sometime towards the end of the European/American summer (so around August or September) can be expected. The LP will feature a number of Bridges’ original songs and apparently “at least one Tom Waits classic”. A guest contribution comes from Roseanne Cash, while there are also vague rumours that Elton John is on board in some capacity.

Bridges has also been enjoying the production services of his great pal T-Bone Burnett, who he met whilst filming the 1980 film Heaven’s Gate. Burnett has also produced Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss and Robert Plant.

The album will come out on iconic jazz label Blue Note Records.

- Music Feeds

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