Musical inspirations aside, Black Velvet stands on its own. The album collects ten songs recorded during the sessions from each of his previous three albums, including three covers: Nirvana’s “Stay Away,” Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” and “Slip Away” by Rodriguez. Continue reading →
It’s true that the late Charles Bradley spent much of his life trying to be James Brown — for years, he made a living impersonating the hardest working man in show business under the moniker “Black Velvet” in Brooklyn nightclubs. While his own music is certainly influenced by Brown’s energized sound, Bradley found his own voice reviving the heart-aching R&B music that rose in parallel with Brown’s funk. You can hear that in full effect on the nostalgic “Can’t Fight the Feeling,” the latest teaser track from Bradley’s posthumous record Black Velvet, out November 9 via Dunham Records. Take a listen below. Continue reading →
Charles Bradley passed away one year ago, but his life is celebrated in the form of Black Velvet, the posthumous album set to release November 9. HIs label Daptone Records has launched a website featuring murals by Chicago-based artist Joe Miller, who will paint his larger-than-life icons of Bradley in cities around the world. The first mural went up in Chicago, and you can watch a time-lapse video below set to the grooving, passionate “Luv Jones.” Continue reading →
It’s been nearly a year since the passing of The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, who lost his battle with cancer not long after performing at 2017’s XPN Fest. This fall, though, Bradley’s music will live on in the form of Black Velvet, his posthumous final album.
Compiled by Bradley and his producer/co-writer Thomas “TNT” Brenneck, the 10-track album will feature songs spanning the soul and funk singer’s decade-long career, and will include covers of Nirvana’s “Stay Away” and Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.” Dunham and Daptone Records will release Black Velvet on November 9, and lead single “I Feel a Change” is out now. The accompanying video shows black-and-white footage of Bradley as he records and performs. Continue reading →
Thinking back on the artists we lost over the year 2017, one name looms large: Charles Bradley. The powerful vocalist and commanding funk/soul/rock and roll frontman lost his battle with cancer this autumn, not even two months after his thrilling performance at the XPoNential Music Festival.
From XPNFest, Bradley and the band traversed the country to Portland, Oregon, to play his final two shows at the Pickathon music festival…and today, video from night one has made its way into the world, care of NPR Music. Watch a remarkable performance of “Lovin’ You Baby” below. Continue reading →
On September 23rd, soul revivalist Charles Bradley passed away after a battle with cancer. Bradley’s vintage rasp will be immortalized in the soul history books and his charismatic energy will continue to touch the hearts of anyone who has heard his music.
Since the beginning of his career, Bradley has been a signee of soul revivalist heavyweight Daptone Records. Recently, Daptone has released a seriously touching video that follows Bradley through a short trip to Vienna where he gets inspired by a beautiful middle-aged church in the heart of the city. The four minute tribute video effectively shows the late Bradley’s piety, positivity, and compassion. The world lost a great voice and an even better man in Bradley and Daptone does a great job in remembering the soul legend in the video below.
Our thoughts and well-wishes go out to one of our favorite performers in recent years — funk / soul / rock and roll singer Charles Bradley, who revealed today that he is undergoing treatment for liver cancer. Continue reading →
If you didn’t know better, you might have thought Charles Bradley was a soul pioneer, still belting out decade-old classics for an audience reliving the music of their childhood. The reactions from the crowd after every number played by Bradley and his Extraordinaires during their closing set on the River Stage Saturday evening pointed to such a notion being true. Heck, even Bradley’s age would make that seem like the logical interpretation. He’s 67 years old.
These assumptions would be incorrect. Bradley broke out just six years ago when he was finally discovered. After experiencing his live product for the first time, I can say with confidence that we were robbed of many years of heart-on-his-sleeve performances that would have been rivaled by few. Because that’s what Bradley and his band gave us in Wiggins Park Saturday. His age did not factor into his performance, except for the fact that he’s had more years than most to perfect his dance moves. I’d have a lot of fans too if I could pelvic thrust and do the robot like he does. But all jokes aside, Bradley and his Extraordinaires brought wicked amounts passion to each breath, whether that was from his howling, soulful vocals or the blasting brass courtesy of the band. Continue reading →
Key Fest comes to close tonight, featuring Americana headliners Hezekiah Jones. But if you have your eye on some other shows, check these three out.
Into. It. Over It. is the emo-rock project of Chicagoan Evan Thomas Weiss. Having just released his new record Standards, Weiss is stopping by TLA tonight. If Into. It. Over It.’s own emo-revival music wasn’t appealing enough, the band is also touring with the acclaimed The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Find tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →