Lori Carns Hudson /


HR (of Bad Brains) & human rights


“When H.R. performs, he definitely transcends. ... He's the best vocalist ever as far as I'm concerned."  Chino Moreno, Deftones

“All of us aspire to be that dude, and he got it and always had it. As a singer, ... all I’m doing is a cheap imitation of H.R. For real. A real cheap imitation.”  Corey Glover, Living Color


  PHOTOS                                     RECENT MUSIC            


HR at the Ardmore Music Hall in PA 7/15/17

Photo:  Ron Adelberg

HR and his Human Rights band at Shaka's Live.

HR with his Human Rights band 8/24/17

Photo:  Lori Carns Hudson

HR and his Human Rights band at Ardmore Music Hall.

HR 8/13/17

Photo:  Lori Carns Hudson



Paul “HR” Hudson is best known as the front man of the iconic punk band Bad Brains, formed in 1979. With unprecedented speed and precision, Bad Brains took the Washington, DC music scene by storm and quickly became the most influential band in American punk history, breaking down cultural barriers and creating emotionally charged music centered on the message of maintaining a positive mental attitude (PMA). This concept of PMA continues to inspire HR’s fans.

Early in his career, HR became interested in reggae and the Rastafarian movement. These pursuits transformed him, and he began to focus more on the spiritual nature of reggae rather than the fast lifestyle of the punk scene. In 1984, HR formed his reggae band Human Rights, which has performed and recorded in various incarnations for more than three decades. Now, HR has joined with Philadelphia reggae group Kingsound Vibration (Ezekiel Zagar, guitar, and Josh Freshy, bass) plus Wesley Rast, drums, and Adam Flicker, keys, to form HR & Human Rights: The New Gospel. Each member brings experience in multiple genres, and HR and the band perform classic Human Rights songs and new compositions.