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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Check it out: Charles Bradley soul revival

Saw Charles Bradley last night at La Maroquinerie here in Paris. The man effuses love for his audience. He blew a full house away with his smooth, poetic ballads, jivin up-tempo soul, and slick dance moves (and he's a senior citizen!). Fantastic story this soul man, the "Screamin Eagle of Soul," has to tell. Lived on the streets for most of his youth. Skipped around from cooking job to job for years and years, all the while fitting in his James Brown screamin-smoothin style (in equal amounts) music in random gigs. Only a few years ago, 2002, did soul revival lable Daptone Records discover him and assist him in recording and circulating his classic soul sound. Yet he is not a cover artist, despite this killer soul cover of Neil Young. He writes his own songs. If you have any soft spot for classic soul, especially James Brown, get this record now!

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