Watch Charles Bradley Talk James Brown in Behind-the-Scenes Video

Daptone soul stirrer also sets extensive summer tour in "Victim of Love" clip

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"This is the longest it ever happened to me. Being happy." That's Charles Bradley, speaking in a new behind-the-scenes video about the soul powerhouse's new album Victim of Love, which came out this spring on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records. Bradley spoke with SPIN about his unforgettable hard-luck story, but there's no substitute for hearing and seeing the Screaming Eagle of Soul tell it himself. The one-time James Brown impersonator reminisces, among many other things, on what Brown's music meant to him.

The first track to surface from the follow-up to 2011's fiercely impassioned No Time for Dreaming was the psych-soul romantic getaway "Strictly Reserved for You," which also got a video with footage shot in Melbourne, Australia. Now, the label has also made available a stream of fellow Victim of Love track "You Put the Flame on It," which has the carefree bounce and call-and-response vocals of classic Motown. Listen below.

Also today, Bradley unveiled a touring schedule that takes him from Richmond, Virginia, on June 7 to Brooklyn on September 20, with music festivals across Europe and North America in between. The Victim of Love is now the King of the Road.

Charles Bradley tour dates:
June 7 - Richmond, VA @ Friday Cheers at Brown's Island
June 12 - Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
June 14 - London, England @ Islington Assembly Hall
June 15 - Bergen, Norway @ BergenFest
June 16 - Oslo, Norway @ Norwegian Wood
June 17 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
June 19 - Hamburg, Germany @ Grünspan
June 20 - Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol
June 22 - Ballinlough Castle, Ireland @ Body&Soul
June 23 - Duisberg, Germany @ Traumzeit Festival
June 25 - Aarhus, Denmark @ Posten
June 26 - Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys
June 28-30 - Glastonbury, England @ Glastonbury Festival
July 2 - Vienna, Austria @ Jazz Fest Wien
July 3 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Zeltival @ Tollhaus Karlsruhe
July 7 - Arras, France @ Main Square Festival
July 8 - Argelès-sur-Mer, France @ Les Déferlantes Festival
July 11 - Bilbao, Spain @ Bilbao BBK
July 13 - Juan-les-Pins, France @ Jazz à Juan
July 14 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands – North Sea Jazz Festival
August 3 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
August 4 - Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
August 10 - Burnaby, BC @ Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival
August 11 - Regina, SK @ Regina Folk Festival
August 17 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
August 18 - Lyons, CO @ Folks Festival
August 20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
August 23 - San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
August 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
August 28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room
August 29 - Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
August 31 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
September 1 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
September 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
September 5 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
September 6 - Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre
September 7 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (Music Fest NW)
September 14 - Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North Festival
September 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Park (Daptone Soul Revue, free show)

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