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Brad Cole

Jul 14, 2019

Roots-based folk music


“There are some performers who seem born to command a stage. That’s how it is with Brad Cole. His voice has a sharp, unerring, laser like quality, homing in on those uneasy truths most of us evade.” - Richard Cuccaro (Acoustic Live)

The songs of Brad Cole address the ups and downs of the human condition with both wit and raw insight. His passionate and distinctive delivery of roots-based folk music, woven with the grit and groove of old school bossa and rhythm & blues moves the listener’s soul in a direction that is unexpected, yet perfectly familiar.

The last twenty-four months have been very fruitful for Cole, having played over one-hundred shows and sharing the stage with a range of immensely talented artists such as: Chris Stapleton, Shovels and Rope, Ingrid Michaelson, The James Hunter Six, Dave Davies of the Kinks, Dan Navarro, and Will Kimbrough, to name a few.

Cole’s early days of performing were in the Chicago club scene, along side artists that make up the fabric of the city’s musical legacy such as Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Uncle Tupelo and the Smashing Pumpkins. He also led several Chicago-based bands including Treatment, The Second Story, Psycholove, and Check with Lucy.

Cole’s numerous side projects include: the jazz / blues cover project Bossa Blue and the acclaimed singer/songwriter trio Cole, Nakoa & Treacher. In addition, Cole curates the traveling songwriter series Acoustic Circus. In 2016, his life and music became the main subject of a short film titled Cole Soul by award-winning filmmaker Steven Weiss.

Currently based in New York City, Brad Cole tours extensively both as a solo acoustic performer and with his full