Jeff Bridges signs a record deal, inches closer to becoming his character from 'Crazy Heart'


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Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for his portrayal of a down-and-out musician on the road to nowhere in Crazy Heart, and now he’s officially on the road to real-life musician-dom with a record deal on Blue Note—the jazz-originated label that is currently home to Norah Jones and Amos Lee, among others.

Bridges will team up with old friend and producer T-Bone Burnett (who also twiddled the knobs on the Crazy Heart soundtrack, which won him an Oscar as well) to release an album. It will contain a handful of original compositions as well as covers of songs by Tom Waits, Bo Ramsey and Greg Brown.

His solo debut, due later this summer, will also feature guest appearances by the likes of Roseanne Cash and Sam Phillips (among others), though there is no word on whether or not Bridges’ greatest duet partner will be along for the ride.

Between the album news and Bridges penchant for getting real with reporters, it’s like the actor really is morphing into his Crazy Heart alter ego Otis “Bad” Blake (though honestly, better him than Clu 2).

What do you think readers—are you stoked for Bridges’ latest role?

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  • znachki

    Looks like he’s going on tour too. He’s going to be at the Ste. Michelle Winery at the end of August

  • Mike

    AWESOME STUFF. He has a great country voice.

  • Jennifer

    just what we need is another Actor/actress who thinks they are a singer

  • Valerie

    I like Jeff Bridges….as an actor…but his singing is nothing special. It is really irritating that there are so many musicians out there who would love to have even an audition for a label, but instead, the labels are signing actors for vanity projects.

  • Mark

    Wait, Burnett “won an Oscar as well?” For what? Bridges won the film’s only Oscar.

    • Abby

      Actually, the article is write. Crazy Heart won Best Original Song for “The Weary Kind.”

      • Abby

        Wow, I hate myself right now. Right******* not write. Hahahaha

      • Mark

        You’re right, but I didn’t realize Burnett had anything to do with the song. I thought it was written by Ryan Bingham.

  • angeljake

    Worth a listen…liked the Crazy Heart book, movie and soundtrack :)

  • jaclyn

    I think his voice is AWESOME, and am looking forward to his new release.
    Like all his movies and hope he does more.

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