_Jack McKain_

Leon Bridges has shared another preview of his upcoming sophomore album Good Thing, out May 4, in the form of a new ballad, “Beyond.”

“When I approach a song like that, I never try to approach it in a linear way. I try to do something fresh and new over it,” Bridges tells Relix about “Beyond” in the cover story for the current April/May issue. “So you hear an acoustic guitar that has a Van Morrison kind of vibe, but the way I’m singing over it, you hear a freaking Ginuwine melody—straight R&B. I love incorporating stuff like that, just to make it as fresh as I can. And it’s the same with the words. It’s about respecting the woman I’m singing about, beyond just objectifying her. I’m the kind of person who moves fast. I’m not some hopeless romantic, but when the time for love is ready, that’s when I will be. It’s always fun to make love, but I also have to dig you as a person. That’s what ‘Beyond’ is about, and really that was the whole point of this album. I wanted to create this kind of direct poetry within a song.”

Listen to “Beyond” below and see Bridges’ 2018 tour schedule, and read the full Relix cover story here.

Leon Bridges 2018 Tour Dates

June 9 Irving, TX—The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
August 9 Morrison, CO—Red Rock Amphitheatre ++
August 27 Raleigh, NC—Red Hat Amphitheater +
August 28 Atlanta, GA—Chastain Park Amphitheatre +
August 29 Nashville, TN—Ascend Amphitheater +
August 31 New Braunfels, TX—Whitewater Amphitheatre +
September 1 Austin, TX—ACL Live at The Moody Theater +
September 2 Austin, TX—ACL Live at The Moody Theater +
September 4 Phoenix, AZ—Comerica Theatre +
September 5 San Diego, CA—Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre +
September 7 Berkeley, CA—Greek Theatre +
September 8 Las Vegas, NV—The Pearl Concert Theater +
September 11 Los Angeles, CA—Greek Theatre #
September 12 Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl #
September 14 Seattle, WA—WaMu Theater #
September 15 Troutdale, OR—Edgefield #
September 16 British Columbia, Canada—PNE Amphitheater #
September 18 Missoula, MT—Big Sky Brewing Company #
September 20 St. Paul, MN—Palace Theatre #
September 23 Milwaukee, WI—BMO Harris Pavilion #
September 24 Chicago, IL—Aragon Ballroom #
September 25 Detroit, MI—Fox Theatre #
September 27 Toronto, Ontario—RBC Echo Beach #
September 28 Montreal, Quebec—Place des Arts #
September 30 Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore #
October 3 Washington, DC—The Anthem #
October 4 Boston, MA—Agganis Arena #
October 5 New York, NY—Radio City Music Hall #
October 6 New York, NY—Radio City Music Hall #

*w/ Jon Batiste and Stay Human
++w/ Masego and Khruangbin
+w/ Masego only
#w/ with Khruangbin only