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Darrin Bradbury with Brock Zeman
October 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Darrin Bradbury is an American satirist. A left-of-center folk singer. With a batch of songs that celebrate the humor and heartbreak of everyday American life, he’s spent the past decade traveling his way across the country, making pit stops at dive bars, listening rooms, punk houses, and world-class theaters along the way. The people he’s met during his cross-country trips — the seedy characters filling America’s underbelly, the corporate elite working out of corner offices, the blue-collar “everymen” who refill our coffee cups and ring up our purchases at Office Depot — all find their way into his music, which follows the offbeat tradition of John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker & Todd Snider.
In May 2016, Rolling Stone named Darrin ‘one of the top 10 New Country Artists you need to know’. Over the course of the last year Darrin has had the honor of touring along side some of Americana’s past & future legends, including Margo Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Elizabeth Cook, Ray Wylie Hubbard & Wanda Jackson.
Darrin is set to record a follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album “Elmwood Park: A Slightly Melodic Audiobook” (Cafe Rooster Records) sometime this fall with a release day set for sometime in 2018.
Web / Social Links
@darrinbradbury for Instagram and Twitter
Rolling Stone- http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/10-new-country-artists-you-need-to-know-may-2016-20160504/darrin-bradbury-20160504
American Songwriter- https://americansongwriter.com/2016/09/album-premiere-darrin-bradbury-elmwood-park/
Over the course of 11 albums, Ottawa area singer songwriter Brock Zeman has built a reputation as a writer of great depth and passion, through his thoughtful, often personal songs. But he’s got a rough, rockin’ side as well. Joined on relentless tours across Western Canada and down to Texas and back by his ever present collaborator, Blair Hogan, and often drummer Dylan Roberts, Zeman and crew can put on a powerful show that has attendees rocking as much as feeling the stories that he tells in song. He could easily be the bastard son of Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, with a gravelly Tom Waits voice.
On his last couple of albums, Zeman had been experimenting with dense sound scapes that told as much of the story as his words. On the newest, “Pulling Your Sword out of the Devil’s Back,” the words and melody are at the forefront, and with a batch of songs as strong as these, they certainly should be. The melodies on the record are his strongest yet. Many are instantly memorable, and could find a home on commercial country or rock radio. If those tired formats played powerful songs like these, “Dead Man’s Shoes” could be a strong country hit, and “Little Details” or “Some Things Always Stay” would be blaring out of car windows all summer long.
Although the songs and the album sound fun, there is some deep emotion spilled out. Zeman tells some sad stories of heartbreak and love gone wrong on this one. One of the most sad and powerful songs is “10 Year Fight,” where he recounts seeing the father of a former lover, who has been struggling after “Daddy’s little girl, she’s gone wrong.”