Announcing the Country Roots Music Issue

For the 24th annual music issue, we return to the roots of country music and celebrate the essence of “countrified” sound.

Leon Bridges


Leon Bridges is an r&b artist from Fort Worth, Texas, where he currently resides. Following the release of his Grammy-winning sophomore album, Good Thing, Bridges has issued a steady stream of music including singles with John Mayer, Kacey Musgraves, Kiana Ledé, Lucky Daye, and Noah Cyrus, as well as Texas Sun, a collaboration project with the trio Khruangbin, fellow Texans. Bridges’s breakout track “River” has been certified platinum. He has performed at the Obama White House, opened for Harry Styles on an arena tour, portrayed Gil Scott-Heron in Damien Chazelle’s First Man, and sold out the Hollywood Bowl and back-to-back performances at Radio City Music Hall. His latest and third solo album, Gold-Diggers Sound, was released in July 2021.