Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise presents an intriguing picture. The band's namesake is a black, sightless, former street musician from Detroit; his collaborators, by contrast, have always been considerably younger white musicians. You might guess this simply by listening to the music, which melds midtempo R&B grooves with rock moves that appeal to aging baby boomers and to the Dave Matthews set. But this is one case where image truly matters. Seeing Blackwater Surprise perform is a revelation, not only because the band's music becomes bigger and better live, but for what the experience reveals... More >>>
Forward progress: Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise marches through American tradition.