Bradley's Barn

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Bradley's Barn
Studio album by The Beau Brummels
Released October 1968
Recorded 1968
Bradley's Barn, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
Genre Folk rock, country rock, pop rock
Length 32:12
Label Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Producer Lenny Waronker
The Beau Brummels chronology
Bradley's Barn
The Beau Brummels
(1975)The Beau Brummels1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.0/5 stars[1]
American Songwriter 4.0/4 stars[2]

Bradley's Barn is the fifth studio album by American rock group The Beau Brummels. Released in October 1968, it contains the singles "Long Walking Down to Misery" and "Cherokee Girl." The album has received critical acclaim as an early example of country rock.[3][4] Bradley's Barn is actually a recording studio in Nashville owned by Owen Bradley.


By 1968, bassist Ron Meagher had left the Beau Brummels, reducing the band to a duo consisting of lead vocalist Sal Valentino and composer-guitarist Ron Elliott.[4] They worked on a new album at Bradley's Barn, a recording studio in Wilson County, Tennessee,[5] joined by prominent Nashville session musicians such as Kenny Buttrey, a drummer on Bob Dylan's albums from 1966–1969, and guitarist Jerry Reed.[4] The Beau Brummels were so pleased with the results at the studio that they named the album Bradley's Barn.[6] According to Elliott, the sound was not too different from the band's previous album, Triangle, just with more country accents.[4]

The Beau Brummels split up shortly after the album was completed, though they would reunite briefly in 1975.[7] The Everly Brothers covered album track "Turn Around" for their 1968 Roots album, on which Elliott worked as an arranger.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Turn Around" Bob Durand, Elliott 3:03
2. "An Added Attraction (Come and See Me)" Valentino 3:03
3. "Deep Water" Elliott, Valentino 2:33
4. "Long Walking Down to Misery" Elliott 3:16
5. "Little Bird" Elliott 2:42
6. "Cherokee Girl" Durand, Elliott 3:36
7. "I'm a Sleeper" Elliott, Valentino 3:20
8. "Loneliest Man in Town" Elliott 1:54
9. "Love Can Fall a Long Way Down" Durand, Elliott 4:16
10. "Jessica" Elliott, Valentino 2:22
11. "Bless You California" Randy Newman 2:16

2011 re-issue[edit]

In June 2011, Bradley's Barn was re-issued by Rhino Handmade as a deluxe hardback set, expanded to two discs that include alternate takes, unreleased songs and an October 1968 radio interview with the two band members.[2] This expanded edition was named one of the '10 Best Reissues of the Year' by Rolling Stone.[9]



  1. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. Bradley's Barn review -
  2. ^ a b Bradley's Barn review. American Songwriter.
  3. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. ""Turn Around" - Song Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d Unterberger, Richie (2000). Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock. San Francisco: Miller Freeman, Inc. pp. 180–181. ISBN 978-0-87930-616-8. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Album Reviews". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 80 (45): 42. 1968-11-09. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  6. ^ Otfinoski, Steven (1997). The Golden Age of Rock Instrumentals. New York: Billboard Books (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). p. 170. ISBN 978-0-8230-7639-0. 
  7. ^ March, Jeff; Childs, Marti (1999). Echoes of the Sixties. New York: Billboard Books (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). p. 157. ISBN 978-0-8230-8316-9. 
  8. ^ "Roots - Credits". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  9. ^ "10 Best Reissues of the Year". Rolling Stone. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2017-06-24. 

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