"This is my destination and my journey. After many years of performing and writing, I finally have something to say and its music I can not deny. I am part of the human condition. It's an amazingly brilliant and totally crazy place to be. Emotions I see in you and me, hard to articulate and understand, so often lost in transmission, this is what moves me. The combustion between you and me and the world we live in, that's what moves me and that's what you will find in here."
Brad Cole has just released his third solo album, Down The Line. Recorded in Nashville, the album captures a soulful Americana sound—the product of late night bossa nova jams and soaking up his host city’s country roots.
About the album’s loose beginnings and laid-back resonance: “I had no title, no specific sound, but I was really liking the songs I had written in Nashville and needed to put them somewhere. Down The Line was first an idea; three weeks later it was finished,” Cole says.
Compared to Cole’s previous albums, Exile (2010) and Highway 200 (2008), Down The Line is a quiet record, abundant with space. “I think it’s a reflection of being able to empty a lot of the noise from my head and run directly with what my muse was giving me,” says Cole. “It addresses the emotions of being uprooted and unstable, but somehow a message of hope prevails.”
The last 12 months have been fruitful for Cole, playing over 100 shows and sharing the stage with great artists like Dan Navarro, Ellis Paul, Lisa Loeb, Shovels and Rope, Amy Speace and Muriel Anderson. In addition, Cole was awarded:
*Songwriter Universe selects “Come Home” as WINNER for Best Song Of The Month for February 2013
*Down the Line’s “Butterfly” was awarded “finalist” honors in the 13th Annual Great American Songwriting Contest.
*Exile’s lead track, “Come Home” was named as a “top 10 finalist” in the prestigious 2011 Great Lakes Songwriting Competition.
*2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Regional Finalist
*2012 Falcon Ridge Grassy Hill Emerging Artist
*2012 NERFA (Folk Alliance North East) Quad Showcase.
“Top 20 Roots/Country Americana albums for 2013”
-Roots Music Report