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Stream: Leon Bridges’ debut album Coming Home

on June 15, 2015, 5:20pm

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.

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.

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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