Brad Cole released his debut album, Highway 200, in 2008. It is a disc full of guitar-based, alternative rock gems rich with harmonies and non-stop hooks—ten songs for drinkers and thinkers, alike. The album is Cole’s ode to dysfunctional love in all its pathetic glory. On his brand new LP, Exile, Brad moves toward an alt-country sound, opening up his versatility as songwriter as well as his compassion for the human condition. Brad is a longtime member of the Old Town School of Folk Music’s “First Friday Songwriters Circle” and hosts the popular “Acoustic Circus” at Chicago’s Elbo Room.