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Ry Bradley Showcase Brings out Top Brass
It’s rare to get top Row label executives like UMG/Nashville CEO Mike Dungan or Sony Music Nashville CEO Gary Overton to come to showcases for new artists, but Overton and Dungan were just a few of several top Row folks at Tuesday evening’s showcase for Ry Bradley at the Rutledge.
Scott Hendricks of Warner Music Nashville, songwriter Victoria Shaw, Tom Baldrica, Autumn House, and songplugger extraordinaire Sherrill Blackman were on hand, as were AristoMedia’s Jeff Walker and SiriusXM host Charlie Monk, who helped put the shindig on and did their usual wondrous work.
Ry Bradley is from the north shore of Hawaii, but has been working the last few years with management in California, including Jonathan French, Darol Paulsen and Phyllis Paulsen of RQ Productions.
He’s spent the last year commuting to the Row, co-writing with top Nashville tunesmiths including Victoria Shaw on “The Right Way,” Doug Johnson and Pat Bunch on “Gone,” and with Philip Douglas and Bernie Nelson on “New Kind Of Lonely,” all of which Bradley performed Tuesday.
His guitar-based songs have a cool, California and slightly Retro feel to them. He says he’s a huge Dwight Yoakam fan, which shows up in his songs, his soulful vocals, and his powerhouse guitar work. Ry’s quartet on Tuesday included two guitars, bass, and drums – no steel and no keyboards.
Ry’s encore – the Eric Heatherly composition “The Things I Can Do To You With My Guitar” – was one of several songs Bradley performed that might make a nice first radio single.
(Phil Sweetland, Nashville’s toughest critic, has written 21 stories on Country music and Radio for The New York Times. To receive 52 issues of Phil Sweetland’s Country Insider E-newsletter, send $26 payable to: PHIL SWEETLAND, PO Box 291346, Nashville TN 37229-1346)