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Leon Bridges On World Cafe

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    Leon Bridges on World Cafe When Leon Bridges debuted in 2015 to widespread acclaim, he was called “the new Sam Cooke.” But the new music on his follow-up record, Good Thing, shows his breadth reaches far beyond the retro, soul sound he's known for, bringing in some pop and funk. Leon is no stranger to breaking free of labels, as we'll learn in today's conversation with host Talia Schlanger. He shares about being an artsy black kid who didn't fit into his predominantly white, football-centric high school in Texas. And we'll also hear his cover of one of his favorite radio hits from that period in his life, and the role his parents play in his music. Leon Bridges, on the next World Cafe.
Although Leon Bridges didn't perform live songs with a band for this session, he required no special prodding to croon a capella during our chat.
I usually try and squeeze a little extra singing out of my favorite guests. Like, "Oh that song was important to you when you were a kid? How did it go? Do you remember the first song you wrote and will you sing some of it?"

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