It’s cliché to say, but good things really do come to those who wait. Four years ago, Leon Bridges was on tour with Laura Lee, Mark Speer and Donald “DJ” Johnson of Khruangbin when the Texas natives came up with the idea to work on a full-length project together. However, it’s not that simple. First, the group of four wanted to release a two-sided single. Then, they wanted to drop an album. After that, the Texas quartet wanted to deliver an EP. Ultimately, they came together and decided to deliver not one, but two EPs.
“We were really grappling with the industry’s wants and needs from it,” Lee told Billboard.
“I’m actually happy it all turned out this way in the end, it’s nice to have two sibling pieces.”
The first EP, Texas Sun, dropped a month before COVID-19 changed life in Texas and around the world forever. Unfortunately, the pandemic delayed everything in the world including the release of the second EP. Fortunately, the group remained healthy and made their way back to the studio together to deliver an incredible new body of work called Texas Moon.
“[We want to] find unprecedented territory within R&B and find elements that are unique to Texas and put them into my music,” Bridges said about his latest work.
“I want to redefine what Texas music is.”
Check out Leon Bridges and Khruangbin’s redefining work below before Bridges heads out on tour this summer.