BY CAMILLE FREESTONE, COVETEUR, JANUARY 12, 2022
Whether it’s in the form of a sonic twang or a cowboy hat, Leon Bridges’ Texas roots make up a significant portion of his dynamic as a star (queue Texas Sun). This is no accident. Despite his Grammy-winning accolades, the musician has yet to renounce his residence in his home town of Fort Worth. Amidst the pandemic, Bridges went from touching down for two to three days at a time between whirlwind tour schedules to an extended period of time to just be.
“It’s my place of refuge. I think if I were to move anywhere else, it’d be easy to kind of get lost in the sauce, for lack of better words. Fort Worth is where I grew up. My family’s here, my friends are here. Man, it’s just something to come back to and be disconnected from the industry.”Leon Bridges
Fort Worth is not only where he grew up but also the birthplace of his cultivated sense of style, in reference to both music and fashion. His reverence for his artistic predecessors has yet to dull as he matures, citing artists like Ornette Coleman, King Curtis, Cornell Dupree, and Townes Van Zandt as influences. Today, in addition to working with fashion powerhouses à la Gucci, Bridges still shops at local vintage stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has his boots custom made in the neighborhood, as well. He eats at restaurants down the street from his house and still frequents nearby venues for live music. We asked Bridges to recount all his favorite spots for us in the Dallas/Fort Worth area below. Fair warning, we think we might have cemented a spot for our next trip.
Where He Shops:
“When I’m home, there’s one place that I pretty much get everything from. It’s a dual record and vintage shop. It’s this place called Doc’s Records. They’ve always had some really nice curated vintage. It’s more focused on like ’70s kind of stuff so there is an abundance of denim and rad boots.”