Charles Bradley live at SXSW

Charles Bradley performs "Why Is It So Hard?" live at Public Radio Rocks SXSW Day Stage. Recorded 3/15/13. (WFUV)
Charles Bradley live from Public Radio Rocks at SXSW March 15, 2013
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The Current helped to present the Public Radio Rocks day stage at the Austin Convention Center along with like-minded noncommercial stations KXT (Dallas), KUT (Austin), WFUV (New York), and XPN (Philadelphia).

Eccentric soul man Charles Bradley brought his A-game to the SXSW radio day stage on March 15, 2013.

Born in 1948, the southern soul singer made a living for a time as a James Brown impersonator in New York. Years later, signed to the Dunham records imprint of Daptone records, "The Screaming Eagle of Soul" was back at South by Southwest in support of his new record Victim of Love.

Hear his entire set, backed up by the Menahan Street Band.

Set List

Love Bug Blues
The World is Going Up in Flames
Crying In The Chapel
Where Do We Go From Here?
How Long
Strictly Reserved
Why is it So Hard?

Please note: due to the difficulties and vagaries of recording and broadcasting live from a convention center with a bustling crowd, the quality of the recording may not be as high as what you've come to expect from The Current. It's still pretty good, though.

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  • Charles Bradley performs live in The Current studio Often known as "The Screaming Eagle of Soul," soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley has been playing music all his life, but it wasn't until he moved back to his hometown of Brooklyn, New York at the age of 51 after years working as a cook that he began aggressively pursuing his career in music and eventually landing on Daptone Records alongside Sharon Jones and the Budos Band.

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    Charles Bradley doing the robot... and the splits. (John Vettese / WXPN)
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    Charles Bradley (John Vettese / WXPN)
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    Charles Bradley at the SXSW Radio Day Stage March 15, 2013 (John Vettese / WXPN)