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From bussing tables at a Tex-Mex restaurant to playing at the White House in under two years, Leon Bridges has no plans to part ways with his humble beginnings. Clad in Western-influenced threads and with a sound reminiscent of ’60s icons Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, he and his band are poised to bring soul into the new century while staying true to their Texan hometown.

The hearsay is true: Leon Bridges really is one of the nicest guys in the industry. Born in Georgia to a Louisianan family, Leon lived in Atlanta and New Orleans until his parents moved him to Texas just before his third birthday. Twenty years later, a serendipitous meeting at a little honky-tonk in Fort Worth introduced him to friends and musicians Austin Jenkins and Josh Block, two Texan boys from the nearby towns of Weatherford and Waxahachie. The duo convinced

  • Words:
    Georgia Frances King
  • Photography:
    Neil Bedford
  • Styling:
    Alpha Vomero

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  • Words:
    Georgia Frances King
  • Photography:
    Neil Bedford
  • Styling:
    Alpha Vomero
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