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Leon Bridges Interview & Concert Recap

Leon Bridges Interview & Concert Recap

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On a chilly Sunday night, December 6th, the second WTTS Christmas Can Concert took place at the Bluebird in Bloomington. Fort Worth R&B and soul artist Leon Bridges took the stage for a sold-out show. There is no need to say that he won over the hearts of the audience because it was obvious throughout the evening that he already had reached each and every one of them.

Leon Bridges is a classic old soul in a young man’s body. The 26-year-old’s gospel roots so very clearly influence his soulful music, reminiscent of the greats like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding. Bridges is still on the rise as he signed with Columbia Records in 2014 after having played open-mic shows around Fort Worth for some time. DJ Spikes, a local Bloomington DJ playing vintage soul and R&B records, performed a set before Bridges took the stage. WTTS DJ Rob Humphrey introduced Leon Bridges and his band, all of whom had just come from performing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live the previous evening.

The band enters dressed very professionally with somewhat of a vintage twist that creates the mood of a 1960s R&B performance. Bridges enters and looks exactly the way he sounds. From his modern-day conk haircut to his mustard tweed suit, Leon Bridges looked quite perfect on the small club stage. The sweetest of sounds boomed throughout the Bluebird that night.

Spoken like a true gentleman, his first words to the audience were “Nice to meet you.” His 7-piece band included himself and one other vocalist, a saxophone, guitar, bass, drums, and organ. Bridges took time out of the show to introduce all the band members and was sure to add compliments or a quick story of their meeting. Bridges admittedly played many songs from his album, “Coming Home” (released in June 2015) and added some new music into the mix, too.

Leon Bridges’ sound is so much more than the “soul” or “R&B” label; It’s fresh but it’s authentic, and it’s the perfect meeting of yesterday and tomorrow. If you’ve heard his vintage voice, then you know that it is effortlessly like butter. His vocal runs and exquisite vintage dance moves transport you to an entirely different place and time and it is a pleasure to be transported there. If you haven’t heard his voice…get to it.

Highlights of the night included “Better Man,” “Smooth Sailing,” “Twistin’ & Groovin’,” “Coming Home,” and “Lisa Sawyer.” He gave small introductions to many of the songs. “Twistin’ & Groovin’” was written about the night his grandfather met his grandmother. “Lisa Sawyer” was written for his mother. “Smooth Sailing” got a different kind of introduction in the form of a drum solo and the crowd really got moving. Bridges closed the set with an intimate performance of “River” in which he played electric guitar alone with his backing vocalist.

After the crowd chanted “Leon, Leon, Leon,” the guitarist enters the stage and the rest of the band gradually joins him for a three-song encore of new music. These included “Pussyfootin’,” an instantly classic love song, and “Mississippi Kisses.” “Mississippi Kisses” is an utterly groovy song that brings to mind Wilbert Harrison’s 1959 recording of “Kansas City.” During “Mississippi Kissses” Bridges instructs different parts of the crowd to go crazy in sections, and then in unison as he addresses them as “Indiana”; They did indeed go crazy for the Southern charmer for the final time that evening. Leon Bridges warmed the hearts of WTTS listeners on a chilly December evening, but that definitely won’t be the last you see of him.

Thanks to all WTTS listeners who participated in the 2015 Christmas Can Concerts by purchasing tickets and donating canned goods to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in Bloomington. Thanks also to Green Bean Delivery for sponsoring WTTS Christmas Can Concert efforts during this season of giving. Happy Holidays from WTTS!


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Free Download Of The Week: Oscar

Free Download Of The Week: Oscar

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Being born into a musical family and growing up in the musical hotspot that is North West London, Oscar Scheller was destined to become a musician. From the beginning, Oscar absorbed the music of his parents.  They fronted the pop band The Regents, and later his father produced early Acid House records. This upbringing helps Oscar effortlessly blend many musical styles together with his signature baritone vocals. Download “Sometimes” off Cut and Paste and learn more about Oscar at his Official Website, “Like” him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.


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World Class Rock Week-In-Review: 5/11/16

World Class Rock Week-In-Review: 5/11/16

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  • Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool is available now (A.V. Club)
  • Nigel Godrich opens up about making new Radiohead album (Pitchfork)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers announce album The Getaway, share “Dark Necessities” (NME)
  • The Avett Brothers release new song, “True Sadness” (Paste)
  • Pink Floyd announce vinyl catalog reissue campaign (UCR)
  • James Blake’s new album The Colour in Anything is out now (Spin)
  • Hear Neko Case, KD Lang and Laura Veirs’ enchanting “Delirium” (Rolling Stone)
  • The band Train is about to desecrate Led Zeppelin’s legacy (CoS)
  • Lollapalooza 2016 schedule announced (Pitchfork)
  • Classic Rock megafest Desert Trip gets a second weekend (Stereogum)
  • The National preparing harsher, brighter new album (NME)
  • Band of Horses share “In A Drawer,” announce Why Are You OK release date (Paste)
  • Watch Paul McCartney pay tribute to Prince with “Let’s Go Crazy” cover (UCR)
  • Win Butler performed David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” with Kurt Vile (Spin)
  • Radiohead vinyl reissue coming this spring (Rolling Stone)
  • Bonnaroo reveals 2016 daily schedule and set times (CoS)
  • Courtney Love teases fans with new (or possibly old) Hole (A.V. Club)
  • Eagles of Death Metal audience member’s ear bitten off, drummer says (Pitchfork)
  • Percocet allegedly found in Prince’s system during autopsy (NME)
  • Minnesota proposes the PRINCE Act to protect an artist’s name after death (Spin)
  • Animal Collective release two live albums to benefit anti-HB2 nonprofit (Paste)
  • Toto announce U.S. summer tour (UCR)
  • Watch James Blake, Bon Iver’s serene “I Need a Forest Fire” video (Rolling Stone)
  • Beck covers Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” (CoS)
  • PJ Harvey announces first US shows in 5 years (Stereogum)
  • Wolf Parade tease new release (Pitchfork)
  • The Who announce plans to launch limited edition champagne (NME)
  • Speedy Ortiz announce Foiled Again EP, Share “Death Note” (Spin)
  • Former Brian Wilson band member convicted of rape (Rolling Stone)
  • Radiohead fans are eating photos of Thom Yorke’s face to celebrate new album (CoS)
  • Bruce Springsteen squeeze in more US tour dates (Paste)


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The National – “Morning Dew” (Colbert)

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WTTS Rock On The River: The Head And The Heart

WTTS Rock On The River: The Head And The Heart

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This summer, 92-3 WTTS is proud to present some of our very favorites of the past several years, for one important local cause. It’s the return of WTTS Rock On The River, presented by Arni’s Restaurant. This summer’s benefit stars The Head And The Heart, along with Brett Dennen and Kaleo with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. The show happens Monday, July 25 at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park.

For the past 5 years, we’ve watched The Head & The Heart blossom into household names amongst WTTS listeners (their last appearance in town was a sold-our “Rock To Read” benefit in 2013). Brett Dennen’s been coming to town since 2008. And newcomers Kaleo will be in Indy for the third time in eleven months (including a “WTTS First Experience” this past January).

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Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. Granting wishes to Indiana children, ages 3-18, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal illness. Every child has the right to be loved, nurtured and to reach for a dream.


92-3 WTTS Rock On The River is presented by Arni’s Restaurant.

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