Leon Bridges sails into Milwaukee with soul

A refreshing new wave of soul has made it to the mainstream market. A fairly new name music, Leon Bridges has seemingly reinvigorated the style and era of an earlier generation. His polished and tailored stature bring us back to an earlier time in R&B.

A pairing with the historic Riverside Theater was a tasteful match for Bridges’ suave neo-soul “Smooth Sailin’” and “Coming Home”, both being top hits on his only release Coming Home. The young Texan nearly brand new to music has a way with fans even if he does only have one album.

The sold out Milwaukee venue was very welcoming with quite the mix of fans. Dancing was ample during more upbeat tempos while Bridges’ more lax numbers suffered a bit from loss of fan attention. Many stayed intrigued for most of the show, however.

A stellar combination of backing singers and band completed the full sound to be expected with the hearty soul music. Leon Bridges isn’t brash or flashy. He’s the definition of classy with his gentleman-like vibes setting an example for clean and relatable music on par with that of Sam Cooke and style that remains timeless.

Doing well for a single album tour a full venue signals a promising future for Leon Bridges. His quaint compositions of old-fashioned style soul/R&B continue to be an attractive feat even in a generation drawn in by over simplistic and brash chart-toppers. That’s not to say it’s all bad, Leon Bridges is just bringing back a warm, relatable, and cozy genre that had stayed in the past for far too long.

Leon Bridges will continue his tour throughout the United States and parts of Europe until Fall of this year.

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