Leon Bridges is a man on a mission. Over the last year, Bridges has been working alongside Austin Jenkins of experimental-rock group, White Denim. Together, the two have been hard at work, writing songs in a makeshift studio with an assortment of different musicians, each with their own talent. What makes their project so unique, however, is not it’s diverse members, but the music itself.
Bridges is intent on making the 50s cool again, and with his first two singles “Better Man” and “Coming Home,” he may do just that. With his foot firmly planted in another era, Bridges picks up where his idols Sam Cooke and Otis Redding left off, stealing the hearts of listeners with his remarkably smooth voice. It’s an antiquated blend of blue-eyed soul and gospel that’s refreshing and surprisingly authentic. Most importantly, though, it has the potential to appeal to large audience, one that doesn’t only include your grandparents.