Charles Bradley is one of those late-blooming old-school soul singers – along with the likes of with Lee Fields, Bettye LaVette and Sharon Jones – who are happily achieving some career success now. Bradley has a particularly interesting life, full of ups and downs. He has lived on the streets of New York, worked around the country as a cook and, as “Black Velvet,” was a James Brown impersonator. It’s a life that seems like a perfect subject for a documentary, and in fact there is a new documentary on him. Entitled Soul of America, it spotlights Bradley’s life leading up to the release of 2011 debut Not Time For Dreaming.
The film will be available digitally on July 16 on iTunes and on DVD on Aug. 6 and will have select screenings around the country.
Earlier this year
Bradley, who earlier this year released another set of soul gems Victim of Love (Daptone), also will be touring this summer – hitting some big festivals like Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot and L.A.’s FYF Fest, smaller festivals (Regina Folk Festival and Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival) and regular shows too.