As everyone knows, The Dude was in the music business, briefly. As a roadie for Metallica during the Speed Of Sound tour. The band was, reportedly, a bunch of assholes.
Now the Dude, using his professional alias Jeff Bridges, will record an album with Oscar and Grammy award winner T-Bone Burnett for Blue Note Records.
The Dude's old bowling pal Smokey (a pacifist who allegedly can't keep his toe behind the line) is also a musician, prepping for the release a bluegrass record under the name Jimmie Dale Gilmore and The Wronglers. Smokey's band recently showcased at the South By Southwest Music festival in Austin.
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The Dude's album comes after his alter ego Bridges was honored with the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as a country singer in Crazy Heart. Gweneth Paltrow, an actress who once had her face cut off and put in a box, did a similar thing recently, as her success in a film called Country Strong lead her to sign on for a full record.
Burnett has worked with Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, Elton John and Leon Russell along with assembling the soundtrack to The Dude's pals the Coen Brothers flick O Brother, Where Are Thou? and the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. They've known each other for 30 years.
Details are still sketchy but it's a safe bet the record will sound nothing at all like The Eagles.
Members of Metallica could not be reached for comments as they're prepping for a little show in California this weekend.