CMT.com has a very nice feature up on Bradley Walker, written by Craig Shelburne. Unlike the recent review of his Highway Of Dreams CD on NPR’s Fresh Air program, the CMT piece accurately reflects Bradley’s love for, and interest in bluegrass music.
Shelburne describes how Walker first experienced bluegrass about ten years ago when a fellow member of a country band in Athens, AL popped JD Crowe’s classic Rounder 0044 album into the CD player. His subsequent investigation into bluegrass developed into his current penchant for combining the older sounds of country music with the instrumentation usually found in a bluegrass ensemble.
From the CMT article:
“I’ve always incorporated traditional country music with acoustic instruments,” he says. “Doing something like ‘Today I Started Loving You Again’ with a banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin, you can do those songs acoustically and they sound pretty good. And nine times out of 10, most of your bluegrass fans are also going to be fans of traditional country music because they’re a lot alike. I think there’s room for both styles and a mesh of both styles in one. That’s what I wanted to do with this record, to show my love for traditional bluegrass — the straight-ahead, pure bluegrass stuff — but also go along the lines of traditional country and showcase the two together.”
The entire piece is available at CMT.com.