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Stream: Leon Bridges’ debut album Coming Home

Plus, rising soul singer announces tour dates

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    On June 23rd, Leon Bridges will release his new album, Coming Home, via Columbia Records. In anticipation, the LP is streaming in its entirety below courtesy of NPR.com.

    Coming Home serves as Bridges’ full-length debut. The Fort Worth soul singer reportedly used vintage equipment while recording, which provided the album with a more “authentic” retro sound. All 10 tracks were produced by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block, members of the Austin garage rock outfit White Denim.

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    In a recent interview, Bridges explained how he went from being a hip-hop artist to a soul revivalist:

    When I was 19 or 20 I was really into hip-hop, and one thing I took from that was the phrasing, the storytelling. I wrote a song about my mom called “Lisa Sawyer,” and this was before I decided to pursue soul music. A friend of mine asked me if Sam Cooke was one of my inspirations, and I felt bad because I had never really listened to him. So after that I really started digging in and listening to Sam Cooke and the Temptations. I never went to no record store to buy a whole bunch of records. I was just looking it all up on Pandora and YouTube. After listening to it I started to realize that is where I was meant to be. I started asking myself, why aren’t there any other young black men making this kind of music? I felt like I connected with it as a black man. I went for it, I didn’t know how it would turn out because I’m no musician—I only know how to play guitar a little bit. Over time it grew and grew, and here I am.

    Pre-orders are ongoing.

    Coming Home Tracklist:
    01. Coming Home
    02. Better Man
    03. Brown Skin Girl
    04. Smooth Sailin’
    05. Shine
    06. Lisa Sawyer
    07. Flowers
    08. Pull Away
    09. Twistin’ & Groovin’
    10. River

    Today, Bridges has also announced a massive world tour that kicks off next week and runs through mid-November.

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    Leon Bridges 2015 Tour Dates:
    06/18 – Dallas, TX @ Barefoot at the Belmont
    06/20 – Fort Worth, TX @ Scat Jazz Lounge
    06/23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    06/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    06/26-27 – Somerset, UK @ Glastonbury
    06/28 – Rotselaar, BE @ Rock Werchter
    06/30 – Cologne, DE @ Stadgarten
    07/01 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust
    07/03 – Stavern, NO @ Stavernfestivalen
    07/05 – Birmingham, UK @ Temple at the Institute
    07/07 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s
    07/09 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
    07/12 – Montreux, CH @ Montreux Jazz Festival
    07/14 – London, UK @ Rough Trade
    07/15 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
    07/17 – Rathfarnham, IE @ Longitude Festival
    07/18 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
    07/19 – London, UK @ Citadel Festival
    07/31-08/02 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Music Fest
    08/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
    09/04 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
    09/06 – Brussels, BE @ AB Box
    09/08 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
    09/09 – Frankfurt, DE @ Gibson
    09/11 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega Jr
    09/12 – Stockholm, SW @ Debaser Medis
    09/14 – Berlin, DE @ Kesselhaus
    09/15 – Munich, DE @ Technikum
    09/16 – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten
    09/19 – Madrid, ES @ Riviera
    09/20 – Barcelona, ES @ Bikini
    09/23 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
    09/24 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
    09/25 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans
    09/26 – Bristol, UK @ Anson Rooms
    09/28-29 – London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire
    10/02-10 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
    10/12 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s Uptown
    10/13 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
    10/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
    10/16 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    10/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    10/18 – Boston, MA @ Royale
    10/20 – New York, NY @ Apollo Theatre
    10/22 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
    10/23 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
    10/24 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
    10/26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
    10/27 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
    10/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    10/30 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
    11/02 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
    11/03 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
    11/06 – San Diego, CA @ North Park Theater
    11/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
    11/13 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
    11/14 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre

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