River

I remember seeing Leon Bridges on the cover of The Great Discontent magazine a few years ago but never really got around to listening to his songs. There have been so many tragedies lately and I feel lucky to have chanced upon this beautiful song today.

Over time, I grew tired of depending on others to be creative, so I decided to buy a guitar and write songs on my own. I knew I wanted to do something different with R&B, but I hadn’t found a connection to soul music yet. At first I thought the alternative to current R&B was neo-soul, so I tried that. From the moment I picked up a guitar, everything was cool, but I didn’t feel at home with the genres I tried to play. I began to recognize that ‘50s- and ‘60s-era soul music had been the best time for R&B. I looked at the music of today and was confused: why wasn’t anybody carrying on that golden sound, specifically within Black music? As a young Black man, I felt a need to go back to those roots, to where it all started.

Leon Bridges

I remember seeing Leon Bridges on the cover of The Great Discontent magazine a few years ago but never really got around to listening to his songs. There have been so many tragedies lately and I feel lucky to have chanced upon this beautiful song today.