I forget how I ended up watching Charles Bradley's set at Sasquatch last year. What I do remember is, after a day of watching pretty musicians strumming for seas of mostly white hipster kids drinking $14 beers, I was thrilled to see someone stride out on the stage with some real soul. Here was a man in his 60s, decked out in a low-cut shirt and trousers, moaning and hip-thrusting. I ended up staying for Bradley's entire set of throwback funk and R&B.
Bradley, nicknamed "The Screaming Eagle of Soul," comes with the type of colorful backstory that his passionate delivery would suggest. Bradley ran away from home as a teen, spent a few years living on the streets and worked odd jobs and moved around the country for most of his life. Around 1996, he began performing in Brooklyn clubs as a James Brown impersonator under the name "Black Velvet." He was discovered by Daptone Records, which released Bradley's second album of original music, Victim of Love, this April. It's another great piece of revival soul from the label that specializes in it, and from a man who's got the cred to back it up.