In the mood for the Dude? Jeff Bridges back in town


You may not think that actors have much business making records, but, to quote one Jeffrey Lebowksi, “That’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

But Jeff Bridges, who played the aforementioned character in “The Big Lebowski,” the greatest bowling/rug- peeing movie ever, at least partially makes up for fellow thespian Bruce Willis’ foray into the blues (which really did give anyone with a functioning cochlea the blues).

Bridges showcased his wizened singing voice in 2009’s “Crazy Heart,” in which he earned a “Best Actor” Oscar by playing Otis “Bad” Blake, a booze- addled country singer. (Is there any other kind?)

Two years later, he followed up his 2000 debut album with a self-titled sophomore record produced by T-Bone Burnett, who also oversaw the music for “Crazy Heart,” though the tender-hearted, sweetly sung songs were far less rough-around-the-edges than anything ol’ Bad Blake might have cut.

On tour, Bridges performs with his band The Abiders, which should have “Lebowski” fans exclaiming, “I’m just gonna go find a cash machine.”

Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at jbracelin@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0476. Follow on Twitter @JasonBracelin.

 

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