It’s an hour before the doors open at The Station Inn, a quaint older building that’s overcast by modern day monstrosities in a renovated section of downtown Nashville known as The Gulch. Inside on this typically hot early June evening, Dale Ann Bradley relaxes in a chair a few feet away from the stage, answering questions about her latest project, prior to the start of her CD release party for Pocket Full Of Keys. Three hours from now, she and her band will take the stage in front of the intimate gathering that will have the opportunity to hear her new music for the first time, as well as some of her favorites.
“I love house concerts, not that I love them any more than I do the bigger venues,” says Bradley. “I guess it’s because it’s unpredictable. You’re going to laugh. You can interact with them more. You might not be able to do that at a bigger venue. I really enjoy it.” She has a plan in line for how she would like the concert to progress, but as always, it’s subject to change. “I just kind of let it lead me. We may have a set list, and if I’m thinking that I want to do this song because I feel like I need to, we’ll do it.”
Bradley has an enticing country charm to her that immediately draws people in. There’s no airs to this lady who has five IBMA Female Vocalist Of The Year trophies and two SPBGMA Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year trophies on her mantle. “I appreciate the confidence,” she humbly says. “They’ve loved and appreciated it.”
There’s also the self-deprecating side to the Pineville, Ky., born and bred Bradley that pokes fun at her accent and her ignorance in some technical matters. “You set up more mics and more electronic, digital things that I know nothing about, but I hire people to do that,” she says with a hearty laugh, referring to the different technical set-up for the show. Read entire article »