Leon Bridges, the classic soul singer from Texas who is bridging the gap between 50s and 60s style soul à la Sam Cooke and Gospel, is currently on a European tour supporting his “Coming Home” album which came out in June. Leon performed a showcase concert in Berlin in May and I had the pleasure to talk to him the day after the concert.
With Leon Bridges after his showcase concert in Berlin last May.
Back then, he said that he had started to write songs about four years ago. “Something like modern R&B. A friend asked me if Sam Cooke was my inspiration. I hadn’t heard a song from him before, but of course I knew him. I was then checking out some old videos of Sam and the Temptations and such and realized that this is exactly the kind of music I wanted to make. I think today a lot of things are just exaggerated. I love simplicity.”
You can also find my intro article in the current Jazzthing magazine and on their website.
Here are Leon’s tour dates for Europe. The 26-year old singer embarks on a US tour in early October and will play New York’s Apollo Theater on October 20th and Webster Hall on the 21st.
09/09 Frankfurt, Gibson
09/11 Copenhagen, Vega
09/12 Stockholm, Debaser Medis
09/14 Berlin, Kesselhaus KulturBrauerei
09/15 Munich, Technikum Kultfabrik
09/16 Zurich, Kaufleuten
09/17 Milan, Magnolia
09/19 Madrid, La Riviera
09/20 Barcelona, Bikini
09/22 Bristol, Anson Rooms
09/23 Manchester, Albert Hall
09/24 Glasgow, O2 ABC
09/25 Dublin, Olympia Theatre
09/28 London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
09/29 London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire