Leon Bridges In Sun King Studio 92

Leon Bridges stopped by Sun King Studio 92 Powered By Klipsch Audio on June 2nd, 2016. Enjoy the music and conversation below!

“Smooth Sailin'”

“Interview”

“Better Man”

“Coming Home”

“River”

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Leon Bridges in Sun King Studio 92 6-2-16

Photos Courtesy Rhythm In Focus Photography.

Leon Bridges Interview & Concert Recap


On a chilly Sunday night, December 6th, the second WTTS Christmas Can Concert took place at the Bluebird in Bloomington. Fort Worth R&B and soul artist Leon Bridges took the stage for a sold-out show. There is no need to say that he won over the hearts of the audience because it was obvious throughout the evening that he already had reached each and every one of them.

Leon Bridges is a classic old soul in a young man’s body. The 26-year-old’s gospel roots so very clearly influence his soulful music, reminiscent of the greats like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding. Bridges is still on the rise as he signed with Columbia Records in 2014 after having played open-mic shows around Fort Worth for some time. DJ Spikes, a local Bloomington DJ playing vintage soul and R&B records, performed a set before Bridges took the stage. WTTS DJ Rob Humphrey introduced Leon Bridges and his band, all of whom had just come from performing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live the previous evening.

The band enters dressed very professionally with somewhat of a vintage twist that creates the mood of a 1960s R&B performance. Bridges enters and looks exactly the way he sounds. From his modern-day conk haircut to his mustard tweed suit, Leon Bridges looked quite perfect on the small club stage. The sweetest of sounds boomed throughout the Bluebird that night.

Spoken like a true gentleman, his first words to the audience were “Nice to meet you.” His 7-piece band included himself and one other vocalist, a saxophone, guitar, bass, drums, and organ. Bridges took time out of the show to introduce all the band members and was sure to add compliments or a quick story of their meeting. Bridges admittedly played many songs from his album, “Coming Home” (released in June 2015) and added some new music into the mix, too.

Leon Bridges’ sound is so much more than the “soul” or “R&B” label; It’s fresh but it’s authentic, and it’s the perfect meeting of yesterday and tomorrow. If you’ve heard his vintage voice, then you know that it is effortlessly like butter. His vocal runs and exquisite vintage dance moves transport you to an entirely different place and time and it is a pleasure to be transported there. If you haven’t heard his voice…get to it.

Highlights of the night included “Better Man,” “Smooth Sailing,” “Twistin’ & Groovin’,” “Coming Home,” and “Lisa Sawyer.” He gave small introductions to many of the songs. “Twistin’ & Groovin’” was written about the night his grandfather met his grandmother. “Lisa Sawyer” was written for his mother. “Smooth Sailing” got a different kind of introduction in the form of a drum solo and the crowd really got moving. Bridges closed the set with an intimate performance of “River” in which he played electric guitar alone with his backing vocalist.

After the crowd chanted “Leon, Leon, Leon,” the guitarist enters the stage and the rest of the band gradually joins him for a three-song encore of new music. These included “Pussyfootin’,” an instantly classic love song, and “Mississippi Kisses.” “Mississippi Kisses” is an utterly groovy song that brings to mind Wilbert Harrison’s 1959 recording of “Kansas City.” During “Mississippi Kissses” Bridges instructs different parts of the crowd to go crazy in sections, and then in unison as he addresses them as “Indiana”; They did indeed go crazy for the Southern charmer for the final time that evening. Leon Bridges warmed the hearts of WTTS listeners on a chilly December evening, but that definitely won’t be the last you see of him.

Thanks to all WTTS listeners who participated in the 2015 Christmas Can Concerts by purchasing tickets and donating canned goods to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in Bloomington. Thanks also to Green Bean Delivery for sponsoring WTTS Christmas Can Concert efforts during this season of giving. Happy Holidays from WTTS!

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Railbird Festival

Railbird Festival returns August 28 & 29, 2021 to the beautiful grounds of Keeneland for a celebration of music, bourbon and equine, featuring Dave Matthews Band, My Morning Jacket, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Leon Bridges, Billy Strings, Black Pumas, Khruangbin, The Revivalists and many more.

OVEREASY: 1/31/21

At WTTS, Sunday mornings and evenings are laid-back. Check out OverEasy, presented by Brothers Floor Covering from 7 to 11 AM, AND 7 to 11 PM.

Brad Holtz plays singer-songwriters, mellow and acoustic tracks, and live exclusives.

This week, her new music from Jeff Tweedy, Willie Nelson, and Fleet Foxes, plus Sun King Studio 92 performances from Anderson East and Leon Bridges.

OverEasy: 8/9/20

At WTTS, Sunday mornings and evenings are laid-back. Check out OverEasy, presented by Brothers Floor Covering from 7 to 11 AM, AND 7 to 11 PM.

Brad Holtz plays singer-songwriters, mellow and acoustic tracks, and live exclusives.

This week, hear new music from Nathaniel Rateliff and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, plus live tracks from Leon Bridges and The Bodeans inside Sun King Studio 92.

WTTS Overeasy – May 31st, 2020

  • At WTTS, Sunday mornings and evenings are laid-back. Check out OverEasy, presented by Brothers Floor Coveringfrom 7 to 11 AM, AND 7 to 11 PM.
  • Brad Holtz plays singer-songwriters, mellow and acoustic tracks, and live exclusives.
  • This week, hear new music from Leon Bridges and Ray Lamontagne plus live songs from X Ambassadors and Toad The Wet Sprocket in Sun King Studio 92. 

Sun King Studio 92

Sun King Studio 92 is the WTTS live performance space in downtown Indianapolis. 92-3 VIPs are invited to attend these intimate, acoustic Sun King Studio 92 tapings, and always receive advance word about the shows through 92-3 VIP-mail (click here to become a 92-3 VIP today). Listen to 92-3 WTTS to hear live Sun King Studio 92 performances, or click here to check out the latest sessions.


The Avett Brothers – 11/4/16

Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie – 12/1/15

Vance Joy

Vance Joy – 9/16/15

Cage The Elephant

Cage The Elephant – 6/8/15

Spoon - 9/12/14

Spoon – 9/12/14

Amos Lee - 11/9/13

Amos Lee – 11/9/13

The Head And The Heart - 10/24/13

The Head And The Heart – 10/24/13

Tristan Prettyman - Date

Tristan Prettyman – 4/10/13

Atlas Genius - 2/28/13

Atlas Genius – 2/28/13

Imagine Dragons - November 27, 2012

Imagine Dragons – 11/27/12

Sun King Studio 92 Spotlight: Tune in weekdays at 2pm for the Sun King Studio 92 Spotlight. We’ll play a live performance from the vast live archives of Sun King Studio 92 each day.

Here are the artists who’ve stopped by over the years:

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2017

2016

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2012

2011

2010

Click here for a list of Sun King Studio 92 performances from 2009 and earlier.

Special Programs On New Year’s Eve


On New Year’s Eve, we looked back at the music of 2018. Throughout the day, WTTS Remembered the legends we lost this year. Then at 5pm, Laura Duncan counted down the Top 20 WTTS Songs of 2018.

Here are the top 20 songs of 2018

1. Foster The People – “Sit Next To Me”
2. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats – “You Worry Me”
3. Lovelytheband – “Broken”
4. Vance Joy – “Saturday Sun”
5. Alice Merton – “No Roots”
6. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats – “A Little Honey”
7. Revivalists – “All My Friends”
8. Death Cab For Cutie – “Gold Rush”
9. Imagine Dragons – “Natural”
10. The Record Company – “Life To Fix”
11. John Mayer – “New Light”
12. Florence & The Machine – “Hunger”
13. Mumford & Sons – “Guiding Light”
14. Rayland Baxter – “Casanova”
15. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Keep A Little Soul”
16. Decemberists – “Sucker’s Prayer”
17. Portugal The Man – “Tidal Wave”
18. Hozier – “Nina Cried Power”
19. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats – “Hey Mama”
20. Leon Bridges – “Bad Bad News”

Here is the list of artists we paid tribute to on WTTS Remembers in 2018

Aretha Franklin
Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane)
Dennis Edwards (The Temptations)
Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries)
Yvonne Staples (The Staple Singers)
Ed King (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit)
Richard Swift

WTTS Remembers production support provided by:

Alex Bailey, Alex Lester, Christine Brackenhoff and Laura Duncan.

What’s *YOUR* WTTS Song Of The Summer?


WTTS has provided the soundtrack to your summer and over the last few weeks you told us what your favorite song of the summer was. Did you jam out with Lovelytheband on a road trip?  Were you blasting Imagine Dragons on your way to an outdoor concert?  Was this year’s Rock On The River with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats the night you will remember most?  Perhaps you had Leon Bridges, John Mayer, or Foster The People playing at a pool party.

According to the votes cast and tallied in the  VIP Room.  Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats had Indiana’s Favorite song of the summer. See the complete results below.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats – You Worry Me 24%

Lovelytheband – Broken 16%

Foster The People – Sit Next To Me 14%

Vance Joy – Saturday Sun 13%

Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes 12%

Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News   9%

Florence + The Machine – Hunger 7%

John Mayer – New Light 5%

And Congratulations to Debra D. of Indianapolis who was the lucky VIP that took home a Heineken Summer Prize pack worth $250.

The Song of Summer Survey & Contest has been brought to you by Heineken.

You must be 21 or over to win.

New Music Monday: July 23, 2018

OENewLogoMonday Evenings begin with WTTS New Music Monday. Laura Duncan plays a variety of brand new releases and album preview singles. Hear the anthems of the future and experience upcoming artists as they break into the mainstream for the first time on New Music Monday Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m.

 


This Monday (7/30)

We play lots of new music throughout the day on WTTS New Music Monday, and at 7 p.m., we play an hour of ONLY new releases. This week…

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WTTS Overeasy: June 10th, 2018

OENewLogoStart and end Sundays with WTTS OverEasy. Brad Holtz plays a variety of laid-back World Class Rock, with singer-songwriters, deep album tracks, in-studio recordings, and live exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. Catch OverEasy Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. (and the replay from 7 to 11 p.m.)

 


This Sunday (6/10)

Join Brad Holtz this Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. and p.m. for WTTS OverEasy, featuring a variety of laid back acoustic tracks and exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. This week…

  • We’ll feature a new OverEasy single from Passenger.
  • Also songs from Leon Bridges, Five For Fighting and Ed Sheeran recorded live in Sun King Studio 92.
  • And, during the 9AM hour listen to win tickets to see SYML on September 25th at Hi-Fi.


WTTS Overeasy: April 22, 2018

OENewLogoStart and end Sundays with WTTS OverEasy. Brad Holtz plays a variety of laid-back World Class Rock, with singer-songwriters, deep album tracks, in-studio recordings, and live exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. Catch OverEasy Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. (and the replay from 7 to 11 p.m.)

 


This Sunday (4/22)

Join Brad Holtz this Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. and p.m. for WTTS OverEasy, featuring a variety of laid back acoustic tracks and exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. This week…

  • We’ll feature new OverEasy music from Kacey Musgraves’ latest release, Golden Hour.
  • Also newer songs from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats and Leon Bridges.
  • And, during the 9AM hour listen to win tickets to John Prines at Clowes Hall on May 12th plus a pair for the Indianapolis Ballet’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Toby Theater at Newfields on May 19th.

 

WTTS Overeasy: April 15, 2018

OENewLogoStart and end Sundays with WTTS OverEasy. Brad Holtz plays a variety of laid-back World Class Rock, with singer-songwriters, deep album tracks, in-studio recordings, and live exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. Catch OverEasy Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. (and the replay from 7 to 11 p.m.)

 


This Sunday (4/15)

Join Brad Holtz this Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. and p.m. for WTTS OverEasy, featuring a variety of laid back acoustic tracks and exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. This week…

  • We’ll feature new OverEasy music from Ray La Montagne’s upcoming release Part of the Light, out May 18th.
  • Also newer songs from Brandi Carlile, Leon Bridges, and Wet.
  • And, during the 9AM hour listen to win tickets to Alison Krauss at Clowes Hall on September 15th.

WTTS Overeasy: April 1, 2018

OENewLogoStart and end Sundays with WTTS OverEasy. Brad Holtz plays a variety of laid-back World Class Rock, with singer-songwriters, deep album tracks, in-studio recordings, and live exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. Catch OverEasy Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. (and the replay from 7 to 11 p.m.)

 


This Sunday (4/1)

Join Brad Holtz this Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. and p.m. for WTTS OverEasy, featuring a variety of laid back acoustic tracks and exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. This week…

WTTS Overeasy: March 25, 2018

OENewLogoStart and end Sundays with WTTS OverEasy. Brad Holtz plays a variety of laid-back World Class Rock, with singer-songwriters, deep album tracks, in-studio recordings, and live exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. Catch OverEasy Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. (and the replay from 7 to 11 p.m.)

 


This Sunday (3/25)

Join Brad Holtz this Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. and p.m. for WTTS OverEasy, featuring a variety of laid back acoustic tracks and exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. This week…

  • We’ll feature new OverEasy music from Lo Moon.
  • Plus, something performances from Pete Yorn, The Struts, and Leon Bridges recorded live in Sun King Studio 92.
  • And, during the 9AM hour listen to win tickets to John Prine on May 12th at Clowes Hall, plus passes to the Indiana Artisan Marketplace April 7th and 8th at the State Fairgrounds..

 

 

WTTS New Music Monday: March 19, 2018

OENewLogoMonday Evenings begin with WTTS New Music Monday. Laura Duncan plays a variety of brand new releases and album preview singles. Hear the anthems of the future and experience upcoming artists as they break into the mainstream for the first time on New Music Monday Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m.

 


This Monday (3/19)

Leon Bridges

We play lots of new music throughout the day on WTTS New Music Monday, and at 7 p.m., we play an hour of ONLY new releases. This week…

Listen/Watch:

WTTS OverEasy: August 27, 2017

OENewLogoStart and end Sundays with WTTS OverEasy. Brad Holtz plays a variety of laid-back World Class Rock, with singer-songwriters, deep album tracks, in-studio recordings, and live exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. Catch OverEasy Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. (and the replay from 7 to 11 p.m.)

 


This Sunday (8/27)

Jackie Greene

Join Brad Holtz this Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. and p.m. for WTTS OverEasy, featuring a variety of laid back acoustic tracks and exclusives from Sun King Studio 92. This week…

  • A brand new song from Jackie Greene’s Modern Lives, out now 
  • Also, hear new music from Bruce Cockburn.
  • Plus, revisit live performances from Big Head Todd & The Monsters,Cage The Elephant and, Leon Bridges recorded in Sun King Studio 92.
  • And, During the 9AM hour listen to win tickets to see Marc Broussard at HiFi on November 7th.