Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek (#109)

Sweet-voiced Dale Ann Bradley and her band offer up hard-edged bluegrass, soul-stirring gospel, and wistful ballads.


Dale Ann Bradley earned national acclaim and top-10 slots on both the bluegrass and country charts with her breakout 1997 solo debut, East Kentucky Morning. With the album’s release, favorable comparisons to Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss and impressive reviews showered the Kentucky native and long-time member of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. Billboard 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.” With her band, Coon Creek, she brings that critically acclaimed mountain bluegrass to Jubilee in a knockout performance taped at the 2000 Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival in Hyden, KY.

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

In 1992, Bradley joined the New Coon Creek Girls—formed in 1979 as one of only a handful of all-female groups in the history of bluegrass/acoustic music—as guitarist and lead singer. Following the tremendous success of East Kentucky Morning, the group shifted focus and acquired male members before debuting in 1997 as Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek.

With Bradley’s voice as its centerpiece, flanked by a multi-talented support team, Coon Creek excels on everything from hard-edged bluegrass and soul-stirring gospel numbers to tear-jerking country love songs and wistful folk ballads.