Leon Bridges was doing open mic nights at a bar, at the same time he worked as a dishwasher, when he was “discovered”. The classic sounding soul/gospel singer was signed to Columbia Records in 2014 and went from playing tiny bars to even smaller crowds to selling-out legendary venues like Nashville’s Ryman in little over a year.
After catching Bridges at one of his early NYC gigs at the Bowery Ballroom, photographer and filmmaker Danny Clinch began working with the musician to create a commercial that aired during the Grammys about Bridges. Clinch ended up with a lot of extra footage, so he created a documentary about Bridges and his return home after his extensive touring.
In the documentary, entitled This is Home, (Bridges’ debut is called Coming Home), we see Bridges inside his hometown of Fort Worth, hanging out with his mother and dropping by the restaurant he worked at and the bar he was playing in. All in all, the film is a great look at an up and coming artist and worth the 22-minutes it takes to watch it. But given the brevity and that Bridges career is only just beginning, you’ll have to know going into it that it isn’t a complete tale. Early in May, Squarespace held a press screening and event with a Q&A from Bridges and Clinch plus a short acoustic set from Bridges after.
This is Home
Leon Bridges Q&A with Danny Clinch and performance at Squarespace on 3 May 2016