All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Live Reviews

21

Jeff Bridges & the Abiders At the Paramount

Jeff Bridges & the Abiders At the Paramount
Mike Perciaccante By

Sign in to view read count
Jeff Bridges & the Abiders
The Paramount
Huntington, NY
August 29, 2014

Most people know Jeff Bridges because of his films, from his Ocsar-winning turn as down-and-out country music singer-songwriter Otis "Bad" Blake in Crazy Heart to his roles in The Fisher King, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Tron, True Grit and as "The Dude" in The Big Lebowski. On Friday, August 29th at the Paramount in Huntington, NY, the actor explained that as a young man he had expressed his desire to be a musician. His father Lloyd talked him out of it by telling him ..."'as an actor you'll be able to do so much more. You'll even get to play a musician.'"

As the 8 p.m. hour approached, Bridges came out an introduced his opening act, his daughter, Jessie Bridges. Her strong set was filled with bright California singer-songwriter tunes. Her lyrics were smart, her vocals were upbeat, her playing was crisp and it would appear that her future is bright.

After a short intermission, Jeff Bridges again appeared on stage, this time with his band, the Abiders (Bill Flores on pedal steel, lap guitar and accordion; Bridges' longtime collaborator, musical director/guitarist Chris Pelonis; Randy Tico on electric and upright bass and drummer Tom Lackner). After commenting on the wonder of the venue, Bridges dedicated the evening's performance to the memory of Robin Williams. He simply said, "May his spirit be with us tonight."

His set opened with "Blue Car" from his self-titled 2011 Blue Note Records CD. Switching to an acoustic guitar, Bridges and the his band kicked into "I Don't Know." As the song ended Bridges commented that he didn't know much about a lot of things but he knew he was "playing with one hell of a band, The Abiders!" He then told a story about the late Turner Stephen Bruton who had worked with T Bone Burnett and Bridges to get things just right on Crazy Heart. Bridges and his band then played the Bruton-penned rollicking "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do."

The evening also featured numerous songs including "Maybe I Missed The Point" written by his lifelong friend John Goodwin, about whom Bridges mused that they had met and become friends when they were little kids. Other highlights were a memorable take on "Exception To The Rule," "She Lay Her Whip Down" (written by Michael McDonald) from his first album Be Here Soon (Ramp Records, 2000), an excellent cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Lookin' Out My Back Door" which the astute recognized as having been featured in The Big Lebowski, a rocking version of "Fallin' & Flyin'" from Crazy Heart, the haunting "Slow Boat" and "Never Let Go Of Your Hand" for which he switched from guitar to keyboards. The strong set ended with the Burnett/Bruton tune "Somebody Else" during which the Long Island crowd leapt to its feet and danced throughout the song.

The encores were "Brand New Angel," powerful covers of the Byrds' upbeat "So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star" and Bob Dylan's "The Man In Me" (which appeared in a dream sequence in The Big Lebowski), followed by "The Weary Kind" also known as the theme from . Prior to the show, it was apparent that many members of the multi-generational audience were in attendance out of curiosity. A few were heard wondering out loud about what the night would bring. One audience member was overheard stating, "I know he can act. He was great in that movie, but it was a movie. I really wonder if he can sing well enough to carry a concert." Bridges and the Abiders answered that question with a statement of their own—a resounding "HELL YES!"

The Dude can play!

Photo Credit: Christine Connallon (view more concert photos)
[Additional article contributions by Christine Connallon].

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Bray Jazz Festival 2018 Live Reviews
Bray Jazz Festival 2018
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 24, 2018
Read Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2018, Part 2 Live Reviews
Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville...
by Mike Chamberlain
Published: May 24, 2018
Read Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2018, Part 1 Live Reviews
Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville...
by Mike Chamberlain
Published: May 21, 2018
Read Vijay Iyer Sextet at The Village Vanguard Live Reviews
Vijay Iyer Sextet at The Village Vanguard
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: May 21, 2018
Read Spencer Day at The Green Room 42 Live Reviews
Spencer Day at The Green Room 42
by Tyran Grillo
Published: May 21, 2018
Read Adam Rudolph's Galaxies at The Stone Live Reviews
Adam Rudolph's Galaxies at The Stone
by Tyran Grillo
Published: May 14, 2018
Read "Tortilla Soup with Tony Lindsay At Yoshi's" Live Reviews Tortilla Soup with Tony Lindsay At Yoshi's
by Walter Atkins
Published: September 26, 2017
Read "Tierney Sutton Band at the Newman Center" Live Reviews Tierney Sutton Band at the Newman Center
by Geoff Anderson
Published: January 21, 2018
Read "Cologne Open 2018" Live Reviews Cologne Open 2018
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 21, 2018
Read "ELBJAZZ 2017" Live Reviews ELBJAZZ 2017
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 15, 2017
Read "Jon Faddis at The Wheel" Live Reviews Jon Faddis at The Wheel
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 20, 2018