Dale Ann Bradley

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Dale Ann Bradley
LabelsCompass, Mountain Home, Doobie Shea[1]

Dale Ann Bradley is an American bluegrass musician. She is a five-time (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012) Female Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year, a distinction given by the International Bluegrass Music Association.[2] She has released music both as a solo artist and as part of the group New Coon Creek Girls.[3]

Early life[edit]

Bradley was born in southeastern Kentucky. Her father was a coal-mining Baptist minister.[4] She grew up without running water or electricity until she was a senior in high school.[5] She also lived with heavy religious restrictions with her father being a minister. She received her first guitar at the age of 14, making a guitar pick out of a milk jug to play.[5]

As a junior in high school, Bradley met a childhood friend of her mother who was also her new band director at school.[5] He and his wife sang at Pine Mountain State Park, located in Pineville, Kentucky, in the summers and invited Bradley to perform with them. She played with the band (Backporch Grass) and recorded a few singles and had the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences.[5]


Bradley auditioned for the New Coon Creek Girls in 1988 but was unsuccessful.[3] For the next couple of years, she worked as a solo artist before finally joining the group in 1991.[3] She released her first solo album, East Kentucky Morning, in 1997. The album was top ten on both the Bluegrass Unlimited chart and the Gavin Americana chart.[3] In early 2015, Bradley left her record label Compass Records for Pinecastle Records, with whom she recorded her first solo album.[6] In late 2015, her 7th album, Pocket Full of Keys received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album [7]


Year Title Label
1997 East Kentucky Morning[8] Pinecastle
1999 Old Southern Porches[9] Pinecastle
2001 Songs of Praise and Glory Pinecastle
2001 Cumberland River Dreams[10] Doobie Shea
2004 Send the Angels[4] Mountain Home
2006 Catch Tomorrow Compass
2009 Don't Turn Your Back[11] Compass
2011 Somewhere South of Crazy[12] Compass
2015 Pocket Full of Keys[13] Pinecastle
2017 Dale Ann Bradley Pinecastle


  1. ^ "Doobie Shea Records Shutters". Billboard. July 6, 2004. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  2. ^ Halsey, Derek (March 13, 2014). "Five-time award-winning vocalist Dale Ann Bradley brings all-star band to the Mountaineer Opry". The Herald Dispatch. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "About Dale Ann Bradley". CMT. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Dale Ann Bradley On Mountain Stage". NPR. June 9, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d "A 'Women in Bluegrass Spectacular' will feature Dale Ann Bradley, Most Recent Female Vocalist". Southern Maryland News. February 18, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  6. ^ http://www.daleann.com/
  7. ^ http://www.grammy.com/nominees?genre=59
  8. ^ Kasten, Roy (February 28, 1998). "Dale Ann Bradley - East Kentucky Morning". No Depression. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Steininger, Alex (May 1, 1999). "Dale Ann Bradley: Old Southern Porches". In Music We Trust. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Papadatos, Markos (July 26, 2012). "Bluegrass sensation Dale Ann Bradley talks about her music and future plans". The Examiner.
  11. ^ Lawless, John (June 5, 2009). "Dale Ann Bradley – Don't Turn Your Back". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  12. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (July 12, 2011). "Dale Ann Bradley Heads 'Somewhere South of Crazy'". The Boot. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  13. ^ Papadatos, Markos (June 30, 2015). "Review: Dale Ann Bradley magnificent on new 'Pocket Full of Keys' album". Digital Journal. Retrieved February 5, 2015.