Brady Blade

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Brady Blade
Birth nameBrady L. Blade, Jr.
Born1965 (age 57–58)
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
GenresRock, pop, country
Occupation(s)Drummer, record producer, composer

Brady L Blade Jr. (born 1965 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American rock, pop and country drummer, record producer and composer, who currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden.

He is the son of Dorothy and Pastor Brady Blade Sr. (Pastor of the Zion Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana). His brother is jazz drummer Brian Blade.[1]

Having learned to play drums in both high school and as part of his father's church, Brady initially sought out a career in business, focusing on the music industry. This led to A&R (artists and repertoire) roles at several major record labels, before ultimately becoming manager to the Brand New Heavies.[citation needed] He has played as part of Emmylou Harris's band, Spyboy, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Dave Matthews & Friends,[2] and with Buddy & Julie Miller.[3]

Return to drumming[edit]

Early 1995 saw Emmylou Harris persuade Brady to return to his drum kit as part of her touring band Spyboy, along with Daniel Lanois and Darryl Johnson. The following year they were joined by Buddy Miller and toured throughout the mid-nineties, culminating in a live album Spyboy, released in 1998.

Touring the world with Emmylou Harris led Brady to encounter and be seen by some of the key figures in the American music scene which resulted in Brady becoming one of the most in-demand session drummers around. Brady took part in extensive tours and sessions with the Steve Earle during his El Corazón period; Jewel throughout her 1998 Spirit world tour; and the Indigo Girls on their albums Come on Now Social (1999), Become You (2002), All That We Let In (2004), Beauty Queen Sister (2011) and One Lost Day (2015). He toured with the Indigo Girls in 2023.

Dave Matthews & Friends[edit]

A chance meeting with Dave Matthews whilst on tour with Emmylou Harris eventually led to Brady being invited to form the nucleus of Matthew's jam band project Dave Matthews & Friends, bringing bassist Tony Hall into the project. The group went on to record and release the album Some Devil,[4] and toured extensively across the USA. The group reformed after a period of hiatus to headline the 2004 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee and the 2005 Vegoose music festival.

Current activities[edit]

In recent years, Brady has expanded his work to include production and writing. His work has largely been focused on working with new acts, developing their song-writing and ultimately producing and recording with them. He has had a number of major successes, particularly in Australia and New Zealand, where his work has featured prominently in their national music charts, producing the debut records of both Brooke Fraser and Annabel Fay and Annah Mac.

Throughout 2006 Brady toured with Scottish singer Freddie Stevenson across the USA and Europe, as well as featuring on the most recent Solomon Burke record Nashville, and on the latest Waterboys record Book of Lightning.

Brady announced that he will be touring Taiwan and China, conducting drum clinics and seminars in conjunction with Mapex Drums and Avedis Zildjian Company, throughout May and June.

In early 2013, Brady gathered several musicians, including Jakob Dylan, Dave Matthews, Charlie Sexton, and Sexton's brother Will, to his studio in Shreveport to record. This jam session eventually led to the formation of a band called The Nauts with Blade, Dylan, Matthews, and the Sexton brothers as members. They are currently working on their debut album.[5]

In summer 2014, Brady appeared on Late Show with David Letterman as a drummer, performing alongside artist John Doe.

Business ventures[edit]

In 2005 Brady founded record label Brick Top Recordings LLC. Early signings included Swedish rock bands Tony Clifton and Froid.

In 2009 Brady Started Blade Studios in Shreveport Louisiana with partner Scott Crompton and mix engineer Chris Bell



  2. ^ Orshoski, Wes (2003) "Dave Matthews Goes Solo", Billboard, 11 October 2003, p. 3, 96
  3. ^ Grant Alden, Peter Blackstock (2009) No Depression #77: Surveying the Past, Present, and Future of American Music, University of Texas Press, ISBN 978-0-292-71929-3, p. 137
  4. ^ "Star-Studded Event", Billboard, 6 December 2003, p. 43
  5. ^ "Dave Matthews Heads New Supergroup with Jakob Dylan". Rolling Stone. December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013.

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