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.
Brad has just released his fourth full length record, entitled Lay It Down. Described by Glide Magazine as “one of the most beautiful albums you will hear this year”, Lay it Down is perhaps Brad’s most soulfully eclectic and cohesive work to date.
The last twenty four months have been very fruitful for Brad – Playing over a hundred shows and sharing the stage with a range of immensely talented artists such as Chris Stapleton, Shovels and Rope, Ingrid Michaelson, Dave Davies, Ari Hest, Dan Navarro, Ellis Paul and Will Kimbrough.
In 2015 Brad, joined forces with award winning singer songwriters Matt Nakoa and Robinson Treacher for a few shows that has lead to critical acclaim, a viral live video series (produced by Neale Eckstein) and a run of sold out shows up and down the East Coast.
2017 marks the launch of Brad’s new project Bossa Blue – the band delivers a unique dark and smokey retro lounge vibe. Combining elements of Cool Jazz, Bossa Nova, Soul & Blues over re-envisioned Standards, contemporary and classic rock tunes and in the groove originals.
Cole has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene for years, performing along side artists that make up the fabric of the city’s musical legacy such as Uncle Tupelo and the Smashing Pumpkins. Brad led several Chicago based bands including Treatment, The Second Story and toured with NYC-based The Subscribers. Along with singer-songwriter Jeff Libman, he is co-founder of the acoustic/soul collective known as Check With Lucy. He was also a longtime member of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music’s monthly “Songwriters Forum”. Brad continues this collaborative acoustic tradition with his acclaimed songwriters performance series, “Acoustic Circus”.