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Thursday, 21 April, 2011 1:09 AM
New country artist David Bradley to perform at 98 KCQ Country Music Fest
SAGINAW, Mich. -- David Bradley grew up in Sunderland, England and worked as an oil engineer in Siberia. He worked for every major oil company in the world. Bradley's first band consisted of engineers and the guys played all over the United Kingdom. He went on as a solo artist and had the rare opportunity to mix his tracks at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London. His first album was titled Songs From a Dirt Road and it is now available on iTunes and CD Baby. Then, he moved to Nashville, Tenn. where he is getting started as a solo country music artist.
"I randomly met up with some jazz musicians in Russia, up in Siberia," Bradley said in an exclusive phone interview. "I cut a little project out there, a little album out there. We mixed and mastered it down at Abbey Road. The guy in there said, 'Man, this is a real American-sounding album. You need to get this to somebody in America.' He passed the information down to the lady who is now my manager. It's not exactly your normal road into music."
The new country singer says his musical influences were Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban as he was growing up.
"The country theme is not huge in the U.K.," he added. "My father was in the oil business before me and he used to bring home cassettes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers when I was growing up. So I guess that was influencing me towards country. I've always listened to country. I moved to the United States three and a half years ago."
What's the story behind your first single "Soak It Up"?
"When I first moved to Nashville, I lived right on Music Row," the country star explained. "I just wanted to move out of town a little bit, have a little bit of space and out in the country. I moved out right by a big lake in Nashville. I got a dog and a pick up truck. It was winter time--there was nobody around. The dog and I walked around the lake. Then, spring time arrived and there was pick up trucks of young guys and girls headed out to the lake for the weekend, barbecuing, drinking. Who needs the caribbean? You can just get out by the lake in Nashville. There's a beach, there's a barbecue pit, girls, sun, water. You just get out and soak it up. We decided to write it. That was my first single."
Please give me some highlights of your debut album, Movin' On?
"The highlights would be the single that's out right now, 'Hard Time Movin' On,'" Bradley said. "It's really my moving on from the oil business to country music. The new single featured Rodney Crowell on background vocals. It's the story of a phone call from a guy to his ex-girlfriend or wife just saying 'I know you've got a new guy and I don't want to cause any problems, but I just wanted to hear your voice. I'm just saying hello, I'm having a hard time moving on.' I love the song, love to sing it and it's got a real great meaning and message behind it. To me, there's no anger in it. It's just I'm having a hard time, but I don't blame you for anything. That's the highlight of the album, I think."
Can you give me a preview of your upcoming performance at the 98 KCQ Country Music Fest on June 18?
"Yeah, we're very excited to do that," he added. "We just played the radio station there in Saginaw. As you walk into the front reception area of the radio station, they showed me an aerial photograph taken back in '96 I think he said. I think that was the year Kenny Chesney was headlining. There was about 100,000 people all on this island all facing this stage. He said, 'We're going to book you for that.' I said, I can't wait to get out there. I haven't seen Ojibway Island yet. I don't know what it kind of looks like. But you walk across to it I guess. It sounds fantastic. I can't wait to get out there and play in the summer."
Bradley said he has a big rockin' show planned for Saginaw's Ojibway Island.
"We open up normally with a song about beatin' the devil down," the new country star explained. "There will be the single that we will let people feel a little. By in large, it's going to be a big party atmosphere. With 'Soak It Up' song out by a lake, I normally take inflatable monkees and palm trees and throw them out into the audience and we have a good ole time."
Will this be your first time performing in Michigan?
"No, two weeks ago we just finished a radio tour," Bradley said. "I was in everywhere from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Traverse City, Frankenmuth. We were all over Michigan, loved it. Last year, I played the Davison Flag Festival, just outside of Flint, Mich."
Where do you hope to be in the next five years?
"I hope to be back on Ojibway Island headlining the festival," he added. "That's what I hope to be doing. People listening in can find me on Facebook. I don't have huge teams of people that are working Facebook for me. It's all me. If you send me a message, it will be me. I'll read it and reply back to everyone I can. The new album is available for download on iTunes. If you're like me and you like the actual CD, go to CDBaby.com or Amazon.com and you can request a copy of that album, Movin' On."
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Saginaw's Ojibway island was filled with country music fans in 2010.
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