By Brian Ives
In the past decade or so, in between starring in filmsas diverse as Masked and Anonymous, Iron Man, True Grit, The Giver and Crazy Heart (the latter of which saw him win his first Academy Award), and serving as the spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign, Jeff Bridges has quietly dedicated more and more time to his music career.
With two albums under his belt, he’s been spending time on the road with his backing band, the Abiders (yes, it’s a reference to The Big Lebowski). And now he’s releasing his first live album, appropriately titled Live.
The album draws from both of his albums – 2000’s Be Here Soon (“She Lay Her Whip Down”) and 2011’s Jeff Bridges (“What a Little Bit of Love Can Do,” “Blue Car” and “Maybe I Missed the Point”), as well as thesoundtrack to Crazy Heart, (“Fallin’ and Flyin’,” “I Don’t Know”).
It also features a few covers, including the Byrds’ “So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star” and Townes Van Zandt’s “To Live Is To Fly.” But the one cover that will no doubt thrill Bridges’ legion of Lebowski fans: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.”
For the uninitiated, one of the many hilarious scenes in The Big Lebowski takes place when Bridges’ character, “The Dude,” drives his car, drinking a beer and smoking what appears to be an illegal substance, while rocking to Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s classic “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” The Dude notices he’s being followed by a blue VW Beetle, and things get a bit messy from there. But while he’s wondering who is following him (we later learn it’s a “Private Dick” named Da Fino), we’re left to wonder, “Hey, what would it sound like if The Dude covered Creedence?” So now we’ll know.