In 1996, Bradley James Nowell, frontman and guitarist of ska punk band Sublime tragically died from a heroin overdose.

Bradley’s family established the Nowell Family Foundation to increase awareness and raise funds for Bradley’s House, a free opioid rehabilitation center for musicians built to commemorate Bradley.

Bradley’s father, Jim “Papa” Nowell explains, “Bradley James Nowell died of a heroin overdose on May 25, 1996. It was a devastating loss for his family, friends, and fans. From this pain came a burning desire to help others who battle with opioid addiction to overcome the disease before it takes their lives. That’s why we started the Nowell Family Foundation.”

A few days ago, on January 15, LAW Records and the Nowell Family Foundation released the Deluxe Edition of The House That Bradley Built, featuring more than 30 brand-new covers of Sublime songs by an array of artists, including Pepper, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Fortunate Youth, Common Kings, Descendents, Half Pint, Jim Lindberg of Pennywise, and a host of others.

Profits from the album go to the Nowell Family Foundation to help build Bradley’s House.

The initial release of the album debuted at #1 on the Reggae chart, #12 on the Alternative Albums chart, #20 on MRC’s Rock Albums chart, #7 on Billboard’s Compilation Albums chart, #8 on Billboard’s Reggae chart, and #69 on Billboard’s Current Albums chart.

The San Diego Tribune stated, “While the album stands as a testament to the many professional and personal lives that Sublime touched, its potential to truly make a difference for other musicians who are struggling with addiction should prove to be its greatest achievement.”


Talking about the impact of Sublime’s music, “Papa” Bradley, shares, “Bradley’s music lives on in the hearts and minds of his fans and fellow musicians. Through the combined effort of everyone who has been touched by his music, Bradley’s House will happen. People will be transformed. Lives…

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