Revamped Blackwater Surprise Eyes Kid Rock For Album
Robert Bradley has revamped his Detroit soul/rock outfit, the Blackwater Surprise, and is working on songs for his next record, portions of which may be produced by fellow Detroit native Kid Rock.Robert Bradley has revamped his Detroit soul/rock outfit, the Blackwater Surprise, and is working on songs for his next record, portions of which may be produced by fellow Detroit native Kid Rock.
Brothers Michael and Andrew Nehra -- who, with drummer Jeff Fowlkes, founded the Surprise in the late '90s after seeing the blind, 51-year-old Bradley perform on the streets of downtown Detroit -- have left the band to pursue their own projects.
"I wanted to tour more than them," Bradley told Billboard.com after his show last night (March 28) at New York's Wetlands. "I wanted to get the word out on this. See, we ain't black enough for the R&B stations. And we ain't white enough for the rock stations. There ain't no other way to get the word out than to tour."
While Fowlkes is still in the band, the Nehra brothers have been replaced by fellow Detroit-area musicians Matthew Ruffino on guitar and bassist Tom Wilbur, the band's former soundman/road manager. Randy Sly replaces departing keyboardist Tim Diaz, who was brought on board for the band's second RCA album, last year's "Time To Discover," which featured vocals by Kid Rock on two tracks.
According to Ruffino, Rock has told the band he wants to produce at least some of the Blackwater Surprise's next album, which is to be issued on Vanguard. The album, which the band says could hit stores by late summer, will include such songs as "I Exist For Love," "Feel The Fire," "Alone," and "Who's The Loser Now?" The band has recorded thus far in New York, but Ruffino says Rock wants the band to cut some tracks in his personal studio, located just north of Detroit.