Thursday, May 5, 2016

White Water Tavern gets cameo in new Leon Bridges documentary

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Soul singer Leon Bridges' transition from washing dishes back home in Fort Worth, Texas to a Grammy nomination (and a performance in front of President Obama) is chronicled in a 22-minute documentary released yesterday by Squarespace, and the film's opening scenes (beginning at around the 3:30 mark) will look familiar to those of us who have spent an evening or fifty at the venerable White Water Tavern. Leon's crew, directed by Danny Clinch, is seen walking up from the bar's parking lot, shooting some manner of brown liquor at the bar, and reliving the first time they played there to a sold out crowd on a Monday night, well before the rest of the world had caught on. Leon poses against the jukebox and cuts a rug by the pool tables upstairs, sliding smoothly in front of a mosaic of phrases scrawled on the walls in chalk: "Bernie 2016," "Et tu, brute," "I got tits," "Alex & Jason," "Levy rats."

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