The return of Songs from the intimate setting of the DeBarras Sitting Room.
One host, 2-3 guests, on a stage turned into a sitting room in the belly of a 180 year old building.
Among this months guests are:
“There are some performers who seem born to
command a stage. That’s how it is with Brad
Cole. His voice has a sharp, unerring, laser like
quality, homing in on those uneasy truths most
of us evade.” – Richard Cuccaro (Acoustic Live)
“Lay It Down masterfully takes listeners from the
familiar spaces of reflective, lyric-driven folk
music to the expansive reaches of Bossa nova
jazz. It’s a beautiful album.” – No Depression
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
and rhythm & blues moves the listener’s soul in a direction that is unexpected, yet perfectly familiar.
The last twenty-four months have been very fruitful for Cole, having played over one-hundred shows and sharing the
stage with a range of immensely talented artists such as: Chris Stapleton, Shovels and Rope, Ingrid Michaelson, The
James Hunter Six, Dave Davies of the Kinks, Dan Navarro, and Will Kimbrough, to name a few.
2016 marked the release of Cole’s fourth full-length record Lay It Down. Recorded in East Nashville, TN with
producer Joe McMahan and a veteran cast of musicians resulting in a project that is perhaps Cole’s most soulfully
eclectic and cohesive work to date.
Cole’s early days of performing were in the Chicago club scene, initially performing along side artists that make up
the fabric of the city’s musical legacy such as Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Uncle Tupelo and the Smashing Pumpkins. He
also led several Chicago-based bands including Treatment, The Second Story, Psycholove, and Check with Lucy.
Cole’s numerous side projects include: the jazz / blues cover project Bossa Blue and the acclaimed singer/songwriter
trio Cole, Nakoa & Treacher. In addition, Cole curates the traveling songwriter series Acoustic Circus. In 2016, his life
and music became the main subject of a short film titled Cole Soul by award-winning filmmaker Steven Weiss.
Currently based in New York City, Brad Cole tours extensively both as a solo acoustic performer and with his full