Now, aged 61, he enlists Oscar winning studio czar T Bone Burnett as producer and co-writer on Slow Boat, riding an equestrian metaphor.
Bridges sets tempo with rollicking What A Little Bit Of Love Can Do – penned by Gary Nicholson and late Stephen Bruton – biblical ballad Falling Short and “buddhistly bent” Tumble Vine.
Jeff builds bridges between country and soul with materialistic parodies Everything But Love and Maybe I Missed The Point and world-weary Bruton tune Nothing Yet, featuring Rosanne Cash. Nostalgia and regret are Bridges strong suits on Greg Brown’s Blue Car and Robert Ramsey’s Either Way.
The fitting finale is John Goodwin’s redemptive The Quest, replete with baseball entrée – Yo, back to where we started with The Big Lebowski.
BY DAVID DAWSON