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Leon Bridges says he’s more than a Sam Cooke clone. He’ll show you on tour in South Beach.

R&B singer Leon Bridges was called a “throwback to ’60s soul a la Otis Redding and Sam Cooke” by the Wall Street Journal.

Heady praise for the 29-year-old Texan who has two albums to his credit, “Coming Home,” in 2015, and this year’s ’70s-leaning “Good Thing.”

The comparisons can make Bridges bristle a bit. He says while growing up in Fort Worth he wasn’t influenced by Sam Cooke. He was just trying to get by and fit in after his parents split when he was 7, he told Billboard.

“If I try to recreate retro music or classic soul music or whatever, it might come off as gimmicky,” he told Pigeons & Planes. “I grew up on Ginuwine and Usher, and I like country and folk music. Whenever I look at it, I can consume this classic R&B and country music and all that type of stuff and whatever way it comes out, it’s going to come out fresh based on my influences.”

Bridges brings his version of contemporary R&B to The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on April 19, 2019. Tickets for Bridges’ The Good Thing Tour go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5.

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Retro soul star Leon Bridge’s 2018 album, “Good Thing,” features the old red and gold Columbia Records logo on the CD version that featured on the label’s releases starting in the the early 1970s. Howard Cohen hcohen@miamiherald.com

If you go

What: Leon Bridges’ The Good Thing Tour

Where: Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave.

When: 8:30 p.m. April 19, 2019.

Tickets: $49.50 advance, $55 day of show for general admission; $75 for a limited number of reserved seats

Information: LiveNation.com or call 800-745-3000.

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