Dale Ann Bradley new album and Station Inn CD release party

It's 9 a.m. on a rainy January day in Nashville, five days into 2009.  Dale Ann Bradley is coming up the studio steps without a raincoat, carrying a guitar and a folder full of lyrics.  She's been on the road for 14 straight days, it's 25 degrees and pouring, but never mind all that.  She's been shaping the concept of her new project, the follow-up to her Compass Records debut Catch Tomorrow, for months, and she can't wait to kick off the first song. She's let her heart guide her way through stacks of songs, looking for those that capture something beyond great music, something that gives voice to what she's been living and breathing in her own life for the last year.

dale ann bradleySo take a seat around the coffee table at the Compass Sound Studio--where Dale Ann Bradley sits with an old D-28 and producer and banjoist Alison Brown puts her gentle mark of genius on arrangements--and let Dale Ann tell you about Don't Turn Your Back in her own words: "It needs to be more than a record," she's says. "This is my dream album. I want it to inspire people to hang in with whatever they're facing--to find the hope and inspiration to keep going. I want to share the music that's touched me and I want to put everything into it that has been given to me over the past year."

This is Dale Ann Bradley. She's the 2007 & 2008 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and has been hailed by Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs as one of the greatest vocalists in country and bluegrass music. A former Coon Creek Girl and mainstay at Kentucky's Renfro Valley Barn Dance, Bradley commands a list of awards as long as Highway 40, yet a few minutes with her tells you she is something even more than extraordinarily gifted--she's extraordinarily human. A Primitive Baptist preacher's daughter out of the hills of Kentucky where no musical instruments were allowed, Bradley grew up in a self-described "backwoods holler" down a rural road where electricity and running water weren't available until she was in high school--something she has more in common with the first generation of bluegrass than her contemporaries in today's scene.

Dale Ann Bradley is nothing if not a great storyteller, but her ability to step into someone else's shoes and make their story her own for a few minutes, that is what allows every note sung and played on Don't Turn Your Back to be believable. In the company of some of best bluegrass pickers and singers including Stuart Duncan (fiddle/banjo), Deanie Richardson (fiddle), Alison Brown (banjo), Gena Britt (banjo), Steve Gulley (vocals), and Mike Bub (bass), Bradley explores Don't Turn Your Back's undeniable themes of bravery and hope through the eyes of mothers, lovers, trains, and one shiny, soon-to-be-lucky penny.

Staying true to her daughter-of-a-preacher roots, Don't Turn Your Back includes three bluegrass gospel numbers: the humorous "Rusty Old Halo", The Carter Family's "Fifty Miles of Elbow Room",  and the traditional "Heaven", which features reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent. Sharing her love of classic rock and its influence on her music and voice, Bradley includes bluegrass versions of Fleetwood Mac's "Over My Head"and Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", yet stays close to tradition with the Kentucky mountain ballad "Blue Eyed Boy". Courage is the silver thread running through all twelve tracks of Don't Turn Your Back, and it is in these songs that Bradley lays out all she's got: "Anybody Else's Heart But Mine" teaches us how to push through a broken heart, "Will I Be Good Enough" (Branscomb, Claire Lynch on guest vocals) whispers hope to uncertain parents, and "Music City Queen" (Bradley/Branscomb) documents the dauntlessness of those who come to Nashville seeking stardom. The title track calls for giving life's highway one more chance.

Dale Ann Bradley's mountain soprano has been called "shimmering" (The Washington Post), "angelic" (Billboard), and "exceptional" (Bluegrass Unlimited). An acclaimed musician and currently living in Nashville, TN, Bradley fills every stage and studio with humor, grace, and integrity. Don't Turn Your Back will be available on Compass Records May 19, 2009.

Dale Watson | The Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two

Dale Watson has made a career out of defying contemporary country music standards. The Austin, Texas maverick has remained tried and true to the spirit of authentic country giants like Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, and in the process has grown into an artist equal in stature.  Over his 25-plus year career, Dale has released one country classic after the next, while raising the roof with fiery performances at the smallest of honky-tonk dives to legendary music halls like The Grand Ole Opry.

Following up his critically acclaimed 2007 release From The Cradle To The Grave, Dale Watson returns with his second album on Hyena Records entitled The Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two. The collection reprises the most celebrated album in his discography, 1998's The Truckin' Sessions. A tribute to truck-driving men (and even a truckin' queen), the album's 14 songs pay homage to those who commandeer a mighty 18-wheeler rig for their livelihood. Through his sharp songwriting and soulful baritone vocals, Dale captures both the humor and sadness of lives lived on the road, while empathizing with these iconic characters of America's highways. Abetted by his seasoned band that has logged countless road miles themselves, The Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two is a big wheeled, classic country ride not to be missed.

Dale Watson's The Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two is available In-Stores and Online on April 21.

The Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two Tracklist:

1. Drag N Fly
2. Jack's Truck Stop & Cafe
3. Truck Stop In LaGrange
4. 10-4
5. Yankee Doodle Jean
6. Hey Driver
7. Hero
8. I Got To Drive
9. Truckin' Man
10. Me And Freddie And Jake
11. Truckin' Queen
12. Let This Trucker Go
13. No Help Wanted
14. Texas Boogie

Dale Watson Tour Dates:

04-03 | Carls Corner, TX | Willie's Place at Carl's Corner
04-04 | Forth Worth, TX | Stagecoach Ballroom
04-06 | Austin, TX | The Broken Spoke (6:30pm)
04-06 | Austin, TX | The Continental Club (10:30pm)
04-10 | Houston, TX | Blanco's
04-11 | Austin, TX | The Broken Spoke
04-13 | Austin, TX | The Continental Club
04-18 | Helotes, TX | Floores Country Store
04-20 | Austin, TX | The Continental Club
04-22 | Tucson, AZ | Vaudeville 
04-23 | Phoenix, AZ | The Rhythm Room
04-25 | Bakersfield, CA | Fish Lips Bar
04-26 | Indio, CA | Stage Coach Festival
04-30 | Oss, Netherlands | Groene Engel
05-01 | Tilburg, Netherlands | 013
05-02 | Groningen, Netherlands | Oosterpoort
05-03 | Zoetermeet, Netherlands | De Boerderij
05-04 | Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands | Stonevalley
05-05 | München, Germany | Rattlesnake 
05-06 | Arnhem, NL | TBA
05-07 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Paradiso
05-08 | Austin, TX | The Broken Spoke
05-11 | Austin, TX | The Continental Club
05-16 | Spring, TX | Private Event
05-18 | Shreveport, LA | Eldorado Casino
05-22 | Newport, KY | The Southgate House
05-29 | Houston, TX | Blanco's
05-30 | Austin, TX | The Broken Spoke
06-12 | Chicago, IL | Martyr's
06-13 | Janesville, WI | Bass Creek Golf Course @ The Big Red Open
06-14 | Green Bay, WI | Oneida Casino
06-19 | Windelsbach, Germany | Old West Ranch
06-20 | Untermeittingen, Germany | Four Corners
06-21 | Untermeittingen, Germany | Petrol Club
06-24 | London, UK | The Luminaire
06-25 | London, UK | The Kings Head
06-27 | Skjaak, Norway | Skjaak Country Festival
07-03 | Delft, Netherlands | Stars & Bar
07-04 | Ydre, Sweden | Ydre Country Festival
07-10 | San Antonio, TX | Hangin' Tree Saloon
07-11 | Austin, TX | The Broken Spoke
07-17 | Austin, TX | One World Theatre w/Ray Price
07-18 | Bandera, TX | 11th Street Cowboy Bar
07-29 | Boise, ID | Grove Plaza "Alive After Five Series"
07-31 | Seattle, WA | Tractor Tavern
08-02 | Happy Valley, OR | Pickathon Roots Music Festival