One thing I can always count on in Franklin and Nashville is incredible music and on Tuesday, April 12, award winning singer-songwriter, Brad Cole, premiers his new record Lay It Down, only this time he’s the bandleader.
Brad is also my friend, but just because I say that, does not mean that I’m going to share your music unless it’s really, really good and Lay It Down IS really, really good. It’s Jazz and Soul-flavored Americana with all kinds of interesting and sexy sounds. My husband said just the other night…
“Brad’s music is too good to listen to in the car. You need to hear it in your house while sipping bourbon!”
This is amusing for several reasons…my husband doesn’t really drink, but clearly Lay It Down conjured up some kind of image for him. And in true fashion, I found him with head phones on sipping bourbon and listening to this new record just the other night!
Here’s a little sneak peek…
Brad is pretty modest about his accomplishments but there have been many during his lengthy career. During the last 18 months he’s performed over 100 concerts and he’s opened for the likes of Chris Stapleton, Ingrid Michaelson and Dave Davies.
Brad’s voice is raspy and pure and for me…totally captivating. He’s the real deal and his music portrays the depth of his soul which is rich.
Here’s what he has to say about Lay It Down, his 4th full length album, recorded in Nashville, in an interview with Elmore Magazine.
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around the country and make a living as a singer/songwriter, and that means I am usually out solo or with very sparse accompaniment. I was really yearning for a richer musical experience, and I have met so many tremendous players along the way, so I just wanted to do something bigger. Back in Chicago, I fronted a few different rock bands and as much as I love rock, I had zero interest to do a rock record. So the concept of the record really started with my love for Bossa Nova, the STAX sound and old reggae and dub. I think what really makes this record special is the amount of composition on the fly that took place during the recording process. It was game on for everyone, and there was nothing cookie cutter about this. We were open-minded, and everyone’s creativity showed up in spades.
This is not any ordinary weeknight concert. Nope…this is an album release party and it’s not often that this happens. Tickets are affordable – $8.00 per person and you can order them here. The concert is early so you don’t have to be all wonky at work on Wednesday. You must be 21 years of age or you can’t get in. (Looks like I’m good to go.)
So yeah…Brad is a friend of mine, but like I said before…If the music wasn’t really superb, I wouldn’t be sharing this story with you. So if you go and you see me…please say “hey.”
You can learn more about Brad by visiting his website.
When: Tuesday, April 12th
Time: 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: The Basement East
What to Where? Pretty much whatever you want.
Music is the fruit of life here in Nashville and if you go past the huge venues, you find the soul of Nashville in the singer/songwriters who share their rich stories with vulnerability. Another reason I love it here!
See you there!
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