Hwy 200: Brad Cole CD, Release Date March 15, 2007
"My songs are about love or lack thereof… about being married or being single and wanting something that is or isn't there. Sometimes my songs are about people falling down. Going down and getting up is what captures me."
For more than fifteen years, Brad Cole has toured, played, studied, written and lived. His music is about his life-and our lives. If you're an adult, you get it. It's about the frustration of growing up. About the road. The road to know where, getting there and trying to get the hell out. Trying to get home.
Hwy 200: named for the glorious stretch of road on the Pacific coast of Mexico which serves as sometime home and all-the-time inspiration for Cole is an album that only a Chicago native could write and produce, only a devotee of the Old Town School of Folk Music could write and record. Like the singer-songwriter masters of the Windy City-John Prine and Steve Goodman-and like the Chicago rockers --Jeff Tweedy from Wilco and Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins, as well as Styx, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Cole's ability to capture the sense and sensibilities of the Midwest --- decency and authenticity-and his home base, Chicago.
"A brilliant town with a dirty mind" makes Hwy 200: an album that captivates, enchants and challenges. Hwy 200: is about relationships: from quicksand to magic carpet rides, mercy to murder, permanence, transience and everything in between.
"This is an ode to dysfunctional love, in all its pathetic glory"
Brad Cole has been part of the Chicago music scene for over 15 years. He was a founder of the ska-reggae-rock group Treatment that toured with Smashing Pumpkins as well as of dance-rock group Psycho-Love, which fronted for Timbuck 3 and the Bonedaddys. Cole and his bands have played at virtually all of Chicago's famed music haunts, including the Cubby Bear, Cabaret Metro and of course, The Old Town School of Folk Music. You can hear some of Brad Cole's Hwy: 200 at www.BradColeMusic.com The CD may be purchased at www.cdbaby.com . Cole will be touring this summer: catch him in Chicago, NY, Boston, LA, San Francisco, and other cities to be announced shortly.