Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires stopped by the WNYC studios yesterday to appear on the station's Soundcheck program. The gruff-voiced singer and Co. played three songs and sat in for a brief interview with host John Schaefer. Listen to the full audio from the show above, and scroll down for videos of "Confusion" and "Strictly Reserved for You."
When interviewed, Bradley revealed a surprisingly quiet speaking voice (the hoarseness of which worried Schaefer), and shared some details about his remarkable rise to recent fame. Cutting his teeth while singing in a James Brown cover band, Bradley became so attached to his role that he said it wasn't "really an impersonation, they call me a duplicator." Bradley said that, like Brown, his lack of education led to a reliance on his "gut feeling" to be the driving force behind his music, which is certainly evident in his powerfully emotional delivery.
Bradley also revealed plans to record an album with The Budos Band -- who recently collaborated with him for a Black Sabbath cover -- which should be exciting news for any fans of revivalist R&B / Soul.
Charles Bradley "Confusion" on WNYC Soundcheck
Charles Bradley "Strictly Reserved for You" on WNYC Soundcheck
Source: WNYC Official Website