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Harry got to see Jeff Bridges & THE ABIDERS tape their Nov 5th appearance on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS!!!



Hey folks, Harry here...  long before Austin had any real claim to a film scene, it was most well known globally - and probably still is - for its PBS show, in its 37th season, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS.   I don't usually do much Television taping coverage - and I rarely ever talk about music, lest my wife box my ears for my ignorance.   Earlier today she almost left me for joking that RADIOHEAD was a side band project by members of PANTERA.   I love teasing her.   But the other day, Yoko told me we had stage side seats for the taping of the November 5th episode of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS that was going to have Jeff Bridges and his band doing their first real show...   and for posterity.   

We have a dear friend that works on ACL, I'll merely refer to him as The Really Bad Robot...   but he totally hooked the two of us up.   Just as he did a week ago for Joanna Newsom's astonishing performance on ACL.    That show was magical.  Newsom wore this beautifully elegant American Flag skirt that was just magic with that harp of hers between her legs.   Musically - that show just owned me.   Really amazing & I now own everything Newsom has put out.

Now, don't get the idea that Jeff Bridges show was less in any way shape or form from Joanna's show.   She's just a mythological siren who ran my brain into the reef as I was swimming in her sonics.   Whereas with Jeff Bridges - I was just smiling like a jackass for pretty much the entire affair.

Jeff's band took the legendary stage - and I felt like a school girl when I saw Augie Meyer amongst them.   I was big into SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET back in the day, they used to play my Dad's frat parties when he was in college.  So I was well versed on Augie's awesome keyboard prowess.   I took his presence as a major indicator that what Jeff was going to be doing tonight would best be classified as "GOOD TIMES MUSIC"  You know, toe-tapping, hand-clapping, yehawwin' kinda affair.   

When Jeff took the stage, I just flashed on Kris Kristofferson...  later, Jeff would cop to being incredibly inspired by him.  But the mane Jeff sports these days, I'd call it Western Regal.   It does recall both Kenny Rogers and Kris.   But there in the midst of it is Jeff Bridges.   I hope the final show will reflect the genuine awesome personality and fun that Jeff had with the Austin studio audience tonight.   He brought up THE BIG LEBOWSKI, CRAZY HEART, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW and a huge love of Austin tonight.   We geeks in the audience hung on his every word.  

There was a guy with OBAMA-esque DUDE shirt, who I never caught without a shit eating grin.  His wife boogied the entire night.   The various solo instrumentals throughout the night brought the house down.   The talent on that stage with Jeff tonight was intimidating and a dream.    Often you could see Jeff sitting back and just stare in awe and utter delight as a dear friend was ripping minds with a guitar, a fiddle, a bass, the steel guitar, the accordian, the drums or the ivories.   You know that face he made going between the bowling alley babes' legs in Lebowski...  when he turned over?   That times 100.   Jeff was simply a kid in a candy store tonight, having an absolute blast.    Playing his kind of music and having a real damn fine time.   

It was 12 songs and 2 encores tonight...  the final one being an awesome cover of MAN IN ME from THE BIG LEBOWSKI - which had everyone in the room giggling like kids.   But for my money, SHE LAYED HER WHIP DOWN, BLUE CAR and THE QUEST were my faves.   He played several tunes from CRAZY HEART, he spoke passionately about the late great Stephen Bruton.   He performed at least half of the songs twice, just because he felt he could do better - and this is for TV - and every do-over was a measurable leap forward.   Cleaner, more entertaining and more on the money.   This will be one of my fave events of the year.   Easily.   Just hearing Jeff Bridges happy noises as things tickled him...  shit man.   That's Flynn, Starman, The Dude, Rooster, Obadiah Stane, Bad Blake (he wore the guitar strap from the film on 3 songs by my count), Tucker, Wild Bill, Jack from the fucking FISHER KING...  well just a shit ton of great films.   As a movie geek - I've been a fan of Jeff Bridges from the beginning.  I mean.   THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT?  Anyone?   The Dino KING KONG - I loved him in the film.   The voice of Prince Lir?   As one of the FABULOUS BAKER BOYS...   and now here he is, lighting a room up with multiple standing ovations.   

I was just so happy to be entertained so perfectly tonight.   If he comes to your area...  you know what to do.   But on November 5th - y'all can all check out this great night for yourselves!  JEFF BRIDGES & THE ABIDERS are an act to catch.  

The photos for this article were taken by my wedding photographer & official BNAT photographer, Gary Miller!  Just for you!

The real treat tonight was getting a preview of the act that Jeff Bridges is going to be touring with.   Folks, this was a real damn awesome good time tonight.   

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  • Aug. 11, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Western Regal, I like that.

    by reni

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 2:31 a.m. CST


    by Warren

    Didn't know THE DUDE had a band, show's me how much I know on things. Cool info yo...

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 2:44 a.m. CST


    by Alec.Eiffel

    I would love to hear Fallin' & Flyin' live.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 2:48 a.m. CST

    by Alec.Eiffel

    He's playing twice in my general area in two weeks, but I'll be on my Honeymoon. Oh well, I just hope he'll be back.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Now THIS is cool news

    by FlandersBum

    Not spamlike

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 6:10 a.m. CST

    First, The Abiders as The Dude's Band?

    by ShadowVoyd

    Now that's an awesome name choice. Second, The Dude has some great hair. I can only hope to have that kind of hair going on at that point in my life. Though I'd likely give it all up for the money, as I could afford all manner of well coiffed scalp merkins at that point.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Nice pictures

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by deelzbub

    Having said that, the Weary Kind is an over-rated song. Not really encore-worthy.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    waltere.kurtz is a magical negro

    by DVaderRIP

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    The Dude is a class act

    by slave to the one

    I would love to see his band perform! Got the opportunity to see a Q&A with him & T-Bone Burnett at the Ft. Worth Modern Art Museum last year before a screening of the Big Lebowski and got the chance to actually ask a question. Talk about a movie geek dream come true!

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by Kal-El Hartley

    he is my favorite actor...always will be. Just greatness all around there. He was too fuckin funny on his Christmas episode of SNL last year.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    how does one try to get tickets to austin city limits?

    by Rinse

    apparently randy newman will be taping an episode soon, and i'd totally drive to austin for that if i can get in. :-/

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Keep rolling Mr. Bridges....

    by David Hinson

    Class act indeed.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    How to get tickets....

    by mjgtexas has the same system AICN uses:enter on the ACL blog (only once), hope for the best, and get there early because they oversell. I attended Lisa Loeb during the Reality Bites era, and I only got tickets becasue my friend's mom was banging the cameraman.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    I like your style, Dude.

    by PorkChopXpress

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    so when the shooting of the TRON sequel is going to start?

    by KilliK


  • As cool as Jeff Bridges is as an actor and a human being, I'd rather tolerate an evening of Russel Crowe's and/or Kevin Bacon's shitty blues/rock/country bands than Mr. Bridges'. Get your priorities in order.

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    mjgtexas, thanks for the info

    by Rinse

    randy newman taping is in september, so looks like i got the info in time. i wish my friends' moms banged more production crew members, so we can get stuff. :(

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    CRAZY HEART sucked soooo bad! What a waste...

    by ZodNotGod

    why not do a fictional take on Merle Haggard's life? THat guy is COUNTRY MUSIC! Bridges singing sounded like a frog with his throat cut and the screenplay was meandering and dull. Zzzzz. Fake country music bios- watch "Tender Mercies" motherfuckers!

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Bridges does get points however for being The Dude and

    by ZodNotGod

    starring in "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot!"

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Ahahaha, Herc edited my post!

    by FlandersBum

    He hates people pointing out his neverending pimping of blu rays on Amazon and his love of all things MTV, I guess.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Bridges and his band doing their first real show

    by KingKirby

    Sorry Harry...close but wrong. Bridges and the Abiders performed at the beginning of July here in Phoenix and I have a signed "Big Lebowski" DVD (thanks to a friend who went backstage) to prove it.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I dig his style

    by Gene_Parmesan

    He's got that whole cowboy thing going...

  • Aug. 13, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    looks like Kris Kristofferson

    by vosborne951

    just sayin...

  • Aug. 14, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Her co-star in the beaver picture?

    by Dr Gregory House

    Far fucking out, man.

  • Aug. 15, 2011, 5:33 a.m. CST

    It's cool that he has a good attitude about Lebowski

    by Mugato5150

    Sometimes actors get all bitchy when they're in a cult movie that I'm sure is quoted back to him constantly. But he seems cool with it.

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    DUDE! I totally saw you there Harry!

    by Ethan

    My wife and I were wondering if that was you... left side of the stage, front row. What a show! I was the idiot that shouted out "greetings program" with like three songs to go. We were right behind Obama dude T-Shirt man and his dancing ladyfriend. There's a pic of us on the ACL fanpage on the right... Anyway, I love that Jeff did a bunch of songs twice so he could get the feel right. My wife and I won the tix through the ACL blog. It was cool to see you there, man!! I've been reading forever and ALWAYS check the site before going to the movies. Just moved to Austin about 2 months ago. This place is amazing. Easy to call it home now...

  • Aug. 16, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    The Dude is talented....

    by BanditDarville

    I just hope he doesn't play any fuckin' Eagles, man!!!