Austin City Limits - Miranda Lambert/Jeff Bridges
Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 p.m.
ACL showcases the best in modern country with Miranda Lambert and Jeff Bridges. The multiple award-winning Lambert performs her greatest hits, followed by actor Bridges in his music television debut.
Big talkin’, small town, Texas native, Miranda Lambert has captivated the hearts of audiences everywhere with her authentic country lyrics and a voice that carries a genuine sound. Tonight, Lambert brings her southern belle charm with that modern strong-willed twist to the Austin City Limits stage for her second performance on the show.
Lambert began singing at a young age in her hometown of Lindale, Texas. After appearing in a music showcase in Arlington, she was awarded time at a recording studio in Nashville. She then went on to try out for the popular TV show, Nashville Star, where she won third place.
Lambert will release a new album later this year called Four The Record. “Four The Record has so many meanings,” said Lambert. “I love the play on words and my records always have a little crime in them and this is the fourth record of my career. This album pushes the limits for me.”
Over the course of a decade, Lambert has established herself as a queen of country. Rolling Stone wrote “Lambert remains country’s most refreshing act, and not just because she makes firearms seem like a matter-of-fact female accessory.”
Widely recognized for his talent on the big screen, Jeff Bridges now takes the stage to demonstrate his country-inspired songwriting skills. The beloved actor shows fans a different side of himself with his new album and his first appearance on Austin City Limits.
Bridges is well known for creating interesting, iconic characters in films including Tron, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Big Lebowski and True Grit. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2009 for the movie Crazy Heart. In the film, he is featured as a broken, struggling country music star, and Bridges recorded five songs on the soundtrack.
The role inspired Bridges to focus on a musical career that started before he began acting. As a teenager, Bridges and his brother Beau, had a band and he worked with Quincy Jones for a soundtrack for a 1969 movie. His first CD, Be Here Soon, was released in 2000 with Michael McDonald as the producer and he has continued to write songs while his acting career took off.
His new, self-titled CD was released on August 16 and Bridges says “This album is a natural extension of the love of music I’ve had all my life.”