Jeff Bridges news: TV appearances, new album, tour + The Big Lebowski reunion

Jeff Bridges new album

Oscar-winning singer, songwriter and musician Jeff Bridges has added visits to NPR's Morning Edition, Charlie Rose, PRI and WNYC's Studio 360 With Kurt Andersen, and NBC's The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to the list of upcoming television, radio, and online appearances he will make in conjunction with the release of his self-titled major-label debut, which will be released by Blue Note Records on August 16, 2011.

Jeff Bridges signs with Blue Note Records

The Crazy Heart star will be featured on Piers Morgan Tonight on August 10th, Morning Edition and AOL Music Sessions on August 12th, The Today Show on August 16th and 17th, Live! With Regis & Kelly, The Colbert Report, and Yahoo! Music's "Ram Country" on August 17th, Charlie Rose on August 18th, and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on August 30th.

Jeff Bridges will also appear on Public Radio International and WNYC Radio's Studio 360 With Kurt Andersen the weekend of the 20th.

Also during album release week, Bridges will tape a performance of PBS's Austin City Limits, with special guests Carrie Rodriguez, Augie Meyers, and Bridges' daughter Jessie Bridges, which will air in late fall.

Bridges will be signing copies of his album at the Barnes & Noble at 555 Fifth Avenue in New York City on August 18th beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The album’s first single, "What A Little Bit Of Love Can Do," is currently at AAA and Americana radio. It was the No. 1 most added track at Americana the week of July 25th and continues to add stations each week.

The music video for the song premieres on the AARP website on August 10th.

In other news, Bridges will tape performance sessions for Sirius/XM satellite radio and during the week of the album's release.

Bridges will also perform a series of live shows in August, including a show on the 11th at the American Thunder Music Festival during the 2011 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

On August 16th, Bridges will join John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, and T Bone Burnett for a Q&A at Lebowski Fest New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

The event will celebrate the August 16th release of The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-ray with a cast reunion and screening of the film.

Jeff Bridges is produced by the actor and musician's long-time friend and Crazy Heart collaborator, the multiple-Grammy Award-winning songwriter, musician, and producer T Bone Burnett, who is known for his work with Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, Elton John and Leon Russell, and the Grammy-winning soundtracks to O Brother, Where Are Thou?, and Walk the Line.

Bridges and Burnett have been friends since meeting during the filming of the motion picture Heaven's Gate in 1980. Burnett selected the songs that appeared on the soundtrack to the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, starring Bridges, and co-wrote several songs for the soundtrack to Crazy Heart, including "The Weary Kind," which received the 2009 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Recorded in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA, Jeff Bridges features material by Burnett's Crazy Heart collaborators, the late Stephen Bruton and John Goodwin, Greg Brown, and Bo Ramsey, as well as several of Bridges' own compositions.

Players on the album include keyboardist Keefus Ciancia, guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist Dennis Crouch, pedal-steel guitarist Russ Pahl, and drummer Jay Bellerose, as well as guest vocalists Rosanne Cash, Ryan Bingham, Sam Phillips, and Benji Hughes.

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Jeff Bridges 2011 tour dates:

(Dates and information subject to change.)

August 2011

August 11 American Thunder Music Festival Buffalo Chip, SD
August 24 Marin Center San Rafael, CA
August 26 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
August 28 Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Woodinville, WA

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