Brad Cole brings his soulful American sound to the stage at Tellus360.
October 9, 2014 · 9:00pm
Brad Cole brings his soulful Americana sound to the stage at Tellus360.
Brad Cole has just released his third solo album, Down The Line. Recorded in Nashville, the album captures a soulful Americana sound—the product of late night bossa nova jams and soaking up his host city’s country roots.
Compared to Cole’s previous albums, Exile (2010) and Highway 200 (2008), Down The Line is a quiet record, abundant with space. “I think it’s a reflection of being able to empty a lot of the noise from my head and run directly with what my muse was giving me,” says Cole. “It addresses the emotions of being uprooted and unstable, but somehow a message of hope prevails.”
The last 12 months have been fruitful for Cole, playing over 100 shows and sharing the stage with great artists like Dan Navarro, Ellis Paul, Lisa Loeb, Shovels and Rope, Amy Speace and Muriel Anderson. In addition, Cole was awarded:
*2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Regional Finalist
*2012 Falcon Ridge Grassy Hill Emerging Artist
*2012 NERFA (Folk Alliance North East) Quad Showcase.
*Down the Line’s “Butterfly” was awarded “finalist” honors in the 13th Annual Great American Songwriting Contest.
*Exile’s lead track, “Come Home” was named as a “top 10 finalist” in the prestigious 2011 Great Lakes Songwriting Competition.
Stylistic comparisons fall between John Hyatt and John Mayer but Cole uniquely delivers his own soulful slice of Americana with a groove.
For years, Cole has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene sharing the stage with such greats as Uncle Tupelo and Smashing Pumpkins. Cole led several Chicago based bands including Treatment, The Second Story and toured with NYC-based The Subscribers
Currently, based in New York City, Cole tours extensively with band or as a solo acoustic performer. Brad is a longtime member of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music’s monthly “Songwriters Forum” and has done a series of residences in Chicago dubbed “Acoustic Circus”.