Jeff Bridges inks Blue Note deal

Oscar-winner's debut album to be produced by T Bone Burnett

Jeff Bridges, who scored his 2010 Oscar for “Crazy Heart” as country singer Bad Blake, has inked a recording contract with Blue Note Records.

T Bone Burnett will produce vocalist-guitarist Bridges’ debut, due in late summer. Burnett co-produced “Heart” and co-authored “The Weary Kind,” the feature’s Oscar and Grammy-winning song, with Ryan Bingham.

Bridges’ Blue Note bow will employ some of his producer’s key house players, including guitarist Marc Ribot and drummer Jay Bellerose, plus guest vocalists Rosanne Cash, Sam Phillips and Benji Hughes. Repertoire will include originals by Bridges and tunes by “Crazy Heart” collaborators John Goodwin and the late Stephen Bruton, plus songs by Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey and Tom Waits.Bridges and Burnett have known each other since they met on the set of Michael Cimino’s 1980 film “Heaven’s Gate.” Their professional relationship dates back to Burnett’s music supervision work on the Coen Brothers’ “The Big Lebowski” (1998), which toplined Bridges.

Burnett, who helmed the music for the Coens’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (which spawned the top-selling, Grammy-winning soundtrack album) and James Mangold’s 2005 Cash biopic “Walk the Line,” also produced Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ 2009 album of the year Grammy winner “Raising Sand.”

Blue Note, a top jazz imprint since the ’30s, has attained pop success in recent years with artists like Amos Lee and multiple Grammy winner Norah Jones.

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