Leon Bridges Good Thing“I’m not saying I can hold a candle to any soul musician from the ’50s and ’60s,” 26-year-old Texan musician Leon Bridges says, “but I want to carry the torch.”

The two freshest tracks from the remarkable talent – who brought us his Grammy-nominated debut Coming Home just shy of three years ago – show he’s got a firm grip around that torch; they’re from his upcoming sophomore album Good Thing, which is due out on May 4 via Sony.

Here’s Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand, a gorgeous ballad with twinkling glock, sweet strings, and the beautifully contemplative electric guitar melodies at which he’s so bad-ass:

And here is Bad Bad News, a sassier lounge-jazz number with an inquisitively creeping bassline, back-up hollers, horns, and a noodly electric guitar solo towards the end. Don’t be fooled by that title either, ’cause this one is triumphant: “They tell me I was born to lose/ but I made a good, good thing out of bad, bad news,” he sings.

The artist is also due to return to Australia for two headline, sold-out shows this month in Sydney (Wednesday March 28 @ Metro Theatre) and Melbourne (Sunday March 25 @ The Forum Theatre), in addition to his scheduled performance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay. For all touring and ticketing information, head to Leon’s tour page.

Good Thing is out May 4 via Sony.

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