Being a Soul Man and all, Charles Bradley gets to have a lot of nicknames. He’s “The Victim of Love,” he’s “Doctor Love,” he’s “Black Rose” and “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” too. But his PR folks really ought to just go ahead and state the obvious at this point. Charles Bradley may be all of those things, but he’s a goddamn National Treasure too. - Charles Bradley & His Extrordinaires at First Avenue, 12/6/13, with photos by Erik Hess
I got a long hug from this sweaty human after his show last night, and I’m all in. He smelled like incense and optimism, and I now worship at the altar of yoga, nature, and Charles Bradley.