Not content with winning an Oscar as well as playing one of cinema’s most adored cult figures in The Big Lebowski, actor Jeff Bridges has turned his hand to songwriting and is preparing for the release of his debut album later this year.
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.
Bridges said in December, “The music is a big force in me now… I’m going on 61-years-old now and I’ve been playing since I was a teenager, and now for some reason all the stars are aligned and it’s just coming out. That’s my big dream.”