Dale Ann Bradley (#1403)

Critically acclaimed and award winning Bluegrass artist Dale Ann Bradley performs at the 2008 Renfro Valley Bluegrass Music Festival. A KET production.

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Critically acclaimed bluegrass vocalist and musician Dale Ann Bradley has been lauded year after year for a voice that sings from the heart. On this episode of Jubilee, recorded at the 2008 Renfro Valley Bluegrass Music Festival, Bradley and her band reach out and connect loud and bright and clear into the very heart of the festival crowd, performing a set of songs sure to please any fan of singing high, lonesome and true.

Dale Ann Bradley earned national critical acclaim in 1997, topping both the bluegrass and country charts with her solo debut, East Kentucky Morning. The album’s release garnered favorable comparisons of the Kentucky native to Dolly Parton and Alison Kraus. Billboard magazine lauded Bradley’s “angelic voice,” while Music Row called her “a gentle mountain songbird with a shimmering delivery, marvelous purity of tone, soprano trills and lonesome bent notes.”

Bradley learned her powerful singing style in the Primitive Baptist Church, where her father was a minister. She began performing at the age of 14. In 1989 she became a member of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance, and soon became a regular on the famed Sunday Morning Gatherin’ radio show for the next eight years.

Having recorded and performed for so many years reveals itself in Bradley’s stellar Jubilee performance, while the band surrounding her amazing voice showcases exceptional talent, as well. Featuring Terry Baucom on banjo, Tim Laughlin on mandolin and fiddle, and fiddler Brandon Godman, the group brings everything together in a Jubilee performance that opens up in a breeze of beautiful, bright instrumental arrangements and singing that's heartfelt and warm.