Dale Ann Bradley’s Pocket Full of Keys Available Now

Ann Bradley’s Pocket
Full of Keys
Available Now

Dale Ann Bradley has
released Pocket full of
, her first album since returning to Pinecastle
Records. With this release, Bradley returns to the label that offered
her the opportunity to become a solo performer after recording for them
with the Coon Creek Girls for several years back in the 1990’s.
Bradley’s first single from the album, “’Til I Hear It From You,” a
cover of The Gin Blossoms 1990’s hit, continues her theme of recording
songs that are classics from other genres. She has previously recorded
Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Over My Head,” Seals
& Croft’s “Summer Breeze” and U2’s “Still Haven’t Found What
I’m Looking For.”

“This woman is a singer’s singer
and it’s inspiring every time she opens her mouth. Enjoy this great
artist. I always have.” –
Vince Gill

Pocket Full of Keys
offered Bradley the opportunity to produce and arrange all 12 tracks on
the CD, the first time she has done this in her entire career. The
singer says as she progressed with the project, it took on a theme that
reflects her days of growing up in rural Eastern Kentucky — days of no
running water, a scarcity of electricity and no musical instruments in
the Primitive Baptist church where her father preached. Nevertheless,
Bradley grew up singing in the church and learning everything she could
about her new found love of music. Once she had a guitar, acquired at
the age of 14, nothing could hold her back.
When reflecting on
the years growing up in Kentucky, Bradley can only relay thanks for
that time in her life. “I’m thankful for the way I grew up,” she says.
“We had food, we were together. We stayed warm and dry, we didn’t have
anything fancy, but we made do. It gives me a sense of appreciation and
compassion that I’m thankful I have.”
The songs that
Bradley recorded for the new album that solidify the rural Kentucky
theme were Dolly Parton’s “Stranger” and two of her own, “Soldiers,
Lovers and Dreamers” and the title cut. The tunes reflect the coal
mining towns and hollers that are so familiar to Bradley to this day.
The singer/songwriter adds to those with “Hard Lesson Road,” a duet
with Jim Lauderdale, and “Rachel Pack Your Sunday Clothes.” The other
seven tunes on the CD are just as poignant and true-to-life, staying
close to the rural life theme. Bradley won’t say she lived every word
of the songs, but she sings them with enough emotion to make the
listener think she did.
An award-winning
singer, Bradley has been named the International Bluegrass Music
Association’s (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year five times, and the
Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music (SPGMA) has awarded her
its Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year twice.

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