Video: Charles Bradley – “Strictly Reserved For You”



Fresh off a round of soul stirring, crowd-pleasing performances at SXSW, soul dynamo Charles Bradley is set to release his second album Victim of Love on Tuesday, April 2 via Daptone imprint Dunham Records. The follow up to his 2011 debut No Time For Dreaming sees “the unstoppable, untoppable victim of love (Village Voice)” moving past the ‘heartache and pain’ and closer to the promise of hope. Victim is also stylistically more restless, edging closer into the kind of psychedelic soul The Temptations explored in the early ’70s.

The first video from the forthcoming album, for single “Strictly Reserved For You,” premiered this week. Shot earlier this year in Melbourne, Australia and New York City, the video shows Bradley’s lighter side, and undeniable charisma and charm.

While most artists appreciate their audiences, few love their fans as much and as sincerely as the 64-year old “Screaming Eagle of Soul.” Bradley has received wide praise for his honest, heartfelt live performances and can often be seen literally embracing his audience. You can catch the soulful crooner on his US spring tour, kicking off April 12 in Annapolis, MD and including a headline show at NYC’s famed Apollo Theater. See the full tour schedule and video below:

Stream the album in its entirety now at RollingStone and pre-order it via iTunes.


Apr 12 Annapolis, MD – Rams Head
Apr 13 Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater
Apr 14 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Apr 17 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Apr 18 Charleston, SC – The Pour House
Apr 19 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
Apr 20 Waverly, AL – Waverly Boogie
Apr 21 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Apr 24 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Apr 25 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
Apr 26 Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane
Apr 27 New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Apr 28 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
May 01 Austin, TX – Antone’s
May 02 Dallas, TX – Trees
May 04 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
May 05 St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
May 07 Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar Cultural Center
May 08 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom
May 09 Chicago, IL – The Metro
May 10 Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag
May 11 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
May 13 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
May 16 New York, NY – Apollo Theater
May 17 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
May 18 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Jun 12 Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
Jun 14 London, England – Islington Assembly Hall
Jun 15 Bergen, Norway – BergenFest
Jun 16 Oslo, Norway – Norwegian Wood
Jun 17 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Jun 19 Hamburg, Germany – Grünspan
Jun 20 Dresden, Germany – Beatpol
Jun 22 Ballinlough Castle, Ireland – Body&Soul
Jun 23 Duisberg, Germany – Traumzeit Festival
Jun 25 Aarhus, Denmark – Posten
Jun 26 Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
Jun 28-30 Glastonbury, England – Glastonbury Festival
Jul 02 Vienna, Austria – Jazz Fest Wien
Jul 03 Karlsruhe, Germany – Zeltival – Tollhaus Karlsruhe
Jul 07 Arras, France – Main Square Festival
Jul 08 Argelès-sur-Mer, France – Les Déferlantes Festival
Jul 11 Bilbao, Spain – Bilbao BBK
Jul 13 Juan-les-Pins, France – Jazz à Juan
Jul 14 Rotterdam, The Netherlands – North Sea Jazz Festival

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