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Review: Dale Ann Bradley fabulous on new self-titled album (Includes first-hand account)

It opens with the mid-tempo “Southern Memories” and a refreshing, unique cover of Lenny LeBlanc’s “Champagne Lady.” She picks up the pace with the glorious and uplifting “One More River,” which has a liberating vibe to it.

“I’ll Just Go Away” is a stellar collaboration with Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill. “Going Back To Kentucky” to a neat story song that Bradley sings well thanks to her eloquent, gentle vocals. She slows down the pace with the melancholic ballad “If You Were Mine To Lose.”

Equally noteworthy are the upbeat “Our Last Goodbye” and the soothing “Blackberry Summer.” “This Is My Year For Mexico” is nostalgic and graceful.

It closes with the superb, a cappella “Stand By Me,” which is perhaps the best track on the album, as well as the mid-tempo, fiddle-driven “Now and Then (Dreams Do Come True).”

The Verdict

Overall, Dale Ann Bradley’s self-titled new album is excellent from start to finish. There are no filler tracks on here, and Bradley’s voice is simply too good to be mortal. This album is another bluegrass gem, and it deserves to be nominated for the 2018 Grammy award for “Best Bluegrass Album.” It garners five out of five stars. This album is solid proof that her forthcoming induction into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame is more than deserving.

Her latest self-titled album is available on Amazon.

Written By

Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 15,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He is a consecutive five-time "Best of Long Island" winner that has won such categories as "Best Author," "Best Blogger," "Best Poet," "Best Twitter Account" and the coveted "Best Long Island Personality" twice.

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