Robert Bradleys Blackwater Surprise will bring its unique blend of blues, rock, and soul to Kryptonite, Friday, Oct. 22. Known for earlier hits such as California and Once Upon a Time, Bradley is out in support of a new album, Still Lovin You.
Still Lovin You is the album Robert Bradleys always meant to make. It establishes him once and for all as a first-rate soul singer. The new album veers away from the rocked-up blues of his first two sets, toward establishing Bradley as what I always tried to be even since before I left the School for the Blind. R&B with a rock edge, thats what I do. I like certain rock bands, like the Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater, but my biggest influences have always been soul singer-songwriters like Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye.
The group uses a fierce guitar attack and funky saxophone, but its melodic core comes from gospel organ riffs and orchestrated piano chords. The center of that music may be his voice, but whats most extraordinary are Bradleys songs. Pretender stands as a soul mans answer to Like a Rolling Stone, while Still Lovin You evokes the spirit of Otis Reddings These Arms of Mine.
This is a show not to be missed. Robert Bradleys Blackwater Surprise will perform at Kryptonite at 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, with special guest Mark Willer. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 the day of the show, available at Kryptonite.