Tahoe might be full of bros, but there will be at least one dude at the South Shore Saturday, when Jeff Bridges & The Abiders play Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
Perhaps best known for his role as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski in the 1991 Cohen-brothers film “The Big Lebowski,” Bridges has had a passion for music since his youth.
“I literally cut my teeth listening to Ralph Stanley, Earl Monroe and Doc Watson,” Bridges told American Songwriter’s Steven Rosen in a 2010 interview. “My father and mother would take me from bluegrass festival to bluegrass festival and we’d camp all weekend long.”
Bridges film career has played into his love of music. He first met future collaborators Kris Kristoffersen and T-Bone Burnett on the set of the 1980 western film “Heaven’s Gate.” Bridges played a lounge pianist in 1989’s “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and starred in 2009’s Academy Award winning “Crazy Heart” as a fictional country music singer-songwriter.
Bridges signed a recording contract with Blue Note Records in April 2011, releasing his self-titled album, “Jeff Bridges,” in August of that year. Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars.
Bridges is now on tour with his band The Abiders, a nod to a well-known quote from “The Big Lebowski.” Onstage, he often plays a custom Gretsch 1959 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman electric guitar, featured in the film “Crazy Heart.”
Josh Sweigert, Lake Tahoe Action