Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
@The Fine Line Music Cafe, February 8, 1997

Robert Bradley
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The opening act for Chris Duarte was a big "surprise" for me! I had never heard of Robert Bradley before and was just amazed at his wonderful soul drenched voice. He has that raw Otis Redding/Wilson Picket vocal quality that just takes you back to the classic soul sound of the 1960's. I mean this guy is a VERY good soul singer! His band was something else too. As my friend Charles pointed out they played in a punked-up, swamped-up, Creedence Clearwater style that almost seemed out of place backing a soul singer. Kind of a Motown "with an attitude" sound or maybe alternative R&B? Strangely, it all worked well together. During the show Bradley did some of the R&B classics like In The Midnight Hour and Still Lovin' You Baby as well as many of the original songs from his debut album "Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise" (1996 distributed by BMG). This is a very good album and I urge anyone interested in a raw soul sound to check it out. I especially liked the song After Your Love.

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