Dale Ann Bradley will release her self-titled album on Pinecastle Records on August 18. Produced by Bradley, the project includes a duet with Country Music Hall Of Fame member Vince Gill, “I Think I’ll Just Go Away,” a song from the Stanley Brothers repertoire.
“Both Vince and I are huge Stanley fans,” Bradley explains the choice of song for her and Gill.
This is the second time Bradley has been at the production helm in the studio. She also produced her Grammy-nominated album, Pocket Full of Keys.
“I believe most artists that start with producers are always preparing to produce their own music,” Bradley observes. “I have been truly fortunate to work with the best producers, each different in their own right. Starting with Sonny Osborne, Tim Austin and the genius of Alison Brown. It was time, I guess, for me to incorporate what I have learned from them and put the Hat on … It’s not something I was or am totally secure about. I do however, really listen, search my spirit and put my heart on the line. I am happy that it’s something I have had the opportunity to do.”
Bluegrass journalist and critic Donald Teplyske said, “No one is capable of doing what Bradley accomplishes, and this album is ample demonstration of her revered status within the bluegrass field. Over the years, her music has become more sophisticated, but at its core it remains pure and true.”
Bradley has a variety of songs on the album, from traditional to gospel. She wrote two of the eleven tunes, including the leadoff track and single, “Southern Memories.” She has assembled a cast of musicians for the album that includes some of the most talented pickers and singers in the business including two of her bandmates from Sister Sadie: Deanie Richardson and Tina Adair. Other musicians include Tim Dishman, Greg Blaylock, Scott Powers, Greg Davis, Casey Campbell, Charlie Cushman, Alison Brown, Steve Gulley, Debbie Gulley, Vic Graves, and Kim Fox.
Bradley has one of the purest voices in music, authentic and filled with emotion. Whether she’s singing about “Southern Memories” or lost love in “I’ll Just Go Away,” the listener feels every word she sings. Her vocals soar on the acapella “Stand By Me” and weave the story of the mysterious “Champagne Lady.” The listener is instantly drawn into the beauty of her voice and the stories it tells.
Bradley is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for this year’s International Bluegrass Music Awards, which will be held in September in Raleigh. She is a five-time winner of that award from the IBMA. Coming up next Monday (8/21), she will be a guest co-host on Nasvhille’s WSM with Devon O’Day from 3-6pm.