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Leon Bridges Does Sam Cooke

This first one is a Sam Cooke Classic – “Jesus Gave Me Water”. Bridges is from Ft Worth, Texas, and began writing and performing music in the 50’ss and 60’s style, His last album was recorded using audio equipment and recording techniques (tape) from that era to achieve an authentic sound. Bridges performs in period and vintage clothing (If he ever finds Jackie Wilson’s old suits, he will be ready to roll!).

This is off Bridges’  Album released in June –  Coming Home

And this one, where he is definitely channeling some Sam Cooke…

Watch Leon Bridges Do Sam Cooke Justice With ‘Jesus Gave Me Water’ Cover on ‘Colbert’

Leon Bridges has earned plenty of Sam Cooke comparisons since dropping his Grammy-nominated debut Coming Home in June, so for his appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night (Dec. 18), Bridges tackled the similarities head-on by covering a song by the late, great crooner.

Bridges delivered his take on “Jesus Gave Me Water” — a tune Colbert described as his “favorite Sam Cooke song” — for the occasion, which Cooke did during his time with the Soul Stirrers. Bridges hung around for another web-only performance of his Coming Home original — although still distinctly Cooke reminiscent — “Twistin’ & Groovin’.” Watch both performances at the bottom of the page.

Bridges’ Late Show appearance arrives on the heels of his musical guest spot on Saturday Night Live earlier this month. There, he played Coming Home’s “Smooth Sailin’” and beautiful, gospel-flecked album closer “River.”

The Fort Worth, Texas-based singer is currently on tour in Australia, but he’ll return to the states in March with dates scheduled through the end of the month. Then he heads overseas again, with U.S. dates resuming in May and June. See a complete rundown at his website.



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Posted by on December 20, 2015 in Music, From Way Back When to Now


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Rapper T-Pain can sing!

Proving not all rappers are tone deaf insults to stolen music, T-Pain, who made his fame by rapping, performed a  Capella version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” at the National Public Radio’s “Tiny Desk Concert” Series about a year ago. He returned to NPR a few weeks ago to perform again, again without the help of Auto-Tune. The fireworks, with his cover of the Cooke classic start about 13:30 in. His new album reportedly will include some cuts featuring his very good singing voice…Instead of just shouting.

If you are unfamiliar with NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, look them up. While they occasionally feature mega-artists like Adele, the majority of the artists they present are new, and exploring their respective genres. If you love music, and appreciate exploring different genres, like a certain JazzFan (you know who you are!) who visits here occasionally – I think you will love exploring the more than 100 artists they have presented.

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Posted by on December 11, 2015 in Music, From Way Back When to Now


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