Without the creative constraints imposed on Rock and Pop artists by the record industry, Bluegrass artists such at Dale Ann Bradley are free to explore a wide range of creativity such that each project stands on its own in its originality. For Somewhere South of Crazy, Dale Ann has assembled a support band with some of Nashville's most accomplished musicians. Most cuts on the project feature Steve Gulley, Dale's long time friend and collaborator, who lends vocal harmony while Alison Brown (banjo) and Sierra Hull (mandolin) bring a feminine touch, each lending their own signature sounds. Stuart Duncan sweetens the project on fiddle while Mike Bubb carries the background percussive beat on Bass.
Dale Ann's pen touched three of the cuts on this project. She collaborated with Pam Tillis for the title cut Somewhere South of Crazy which could cross over quite easily into the country music world. She teamed with Jeff White and Kim Fox for a traditionally styled ballad titled Leaving Kentucky. Round and Round was a solo effort and is charming in its simple arrangement with an understated fiddle and banjo carrying the melody giving you a sense of the open road. Steve Gulley and Russell Allen collaborated to contribute a sweet love song titled Restoring the Love .
In almost every project, Dale Ann Bradley grasses up a tune from another genre. She has an innate ability to select songs traditionally found in other genres and masterfully use a bluegrass arrangement with powerful results. Nevertheless, Seals and Croft's Summer Breeze is a stretch for Bluegrass treatment. Come Home Good Boy reminds us to honor our service men who continue to support our freedoms while serving in foreign countries.
The final cut is a bonus track, Old Southern Porches features a touching live performance with the simplicity of Dale's vocal and acoustic guitar. The project offers a strong mix of selections consistent with Dale's finely crafted signature sound of bluegrass.
|Project Title:||Somewhere South of Crazy|
|Artist:||Dale Ann Bradley|
|Produced by:||Alison Brown|
|Record Label:||Compass Records|
|Somewhere South of Crazy||(Dale AnnBradley / Pam Tillis; Dale Ann Bradley Music, BMI/Vibe Room Music, Squirrel Music, BMI admin BPJ Administration)|
|Round and Round||(Dale Ann Bradley; Dale Ann Bradley Music, BMI)|
|Summer Breeze||(Darrell J. Croft/Jimmy Seals; Faizilu Publishing/Songs of the Universal, Inc./Sutjuju Music, BMI)|
|Come Home Good Boy||(Sarah Pirkle; Barb Hollow Music, BMI)|
|In Dispair||(Joe Ahr/Juanita Pennington; Unichappel Music, Inc., BMI)|
|Restoring the Love||(Steve Gulley/Russell Allen; Gulley's Curve Music, BMI/Emma Ridge Music, BMI)|
|New Shoes||(Joyce Reba Rambo John D. Benson Publishing Co., Inc./Universal Music Corp, ASCAP)|
|Leaving Kentucky||(Dale Ann Bradley/Jeff White/Kim Fox; Dale Ann Bradley Music, BMI/Shiroisan Music, BMI/admin Evergreen Copyrights BMG/Dennis Morgan Music, a division of Morgan Music Group, Inc., BMI )|
|Next to Nothing||(Russell Dale Johnson; Pinecastle Publishing Co, Inc., BMI)|
|Will you Visit Me on Sundays||(Dallas Frazier, Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI)|
|I Pressed Through the Crowd||(Joe Isaacs, Isaacs Family Publishing, BMI)|
|Old Southern Porches||(Leslie Satcher, Sony/ATV Melody, BMI)|
Alison Brown, Stuart Duncan, Steve Gulley, Andy Hall, Pam Tillis, Sierra Hull, Mike Bubb, Kim Fox, Matt Combs, David Long, Mike Sumner
Recorded at Compass Studios, Nashville, TN
Engineered and mixed by Jim Cooley
Mastered by Randy LeRoy at Airshow Mastering