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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 nova and rhythm & blues, moves the listener’s soul in a direction that is unexpected, yet perfectly familiar. Glide Magazine described Brad’s fourth and latest full length album, Lay It Down, as “one of the most beautiful albums you will hear this year”. Brad had been a fixture on the Chicago music scene for years before moving to New York City. He 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”. In addition to an extensive touring schedule, Brad also records for social media a weekly one song segment called “Cover Story” in which he discusses and performs another artist’s song he finds relevant and compelling.

— Steve Winters