A couple of years ago I found myself out in open water.. kinda drifting with my music..
I was at the end of my songwriting agreement with my former publisher and good friend Charlie Monk in Nashville. I wasn’t really sure what to do next, I was close with my manager at the a time but things were changing for him as well. I found myself drifting. No Manager, no Publisher, no real plan to keep going in music. Doors were closing but I didn’t see new ones opening.
During a meeting with Charlie Monk he mentioned that he had met another “kid” from California writing songs that he thought lived near me, and Charlie suggested I call him.
So I called this “kid” when I got home and we talked about meeting up. Turns out he wasn’t some “kid” at all but actually a successful producer with many songs on TV shows and movies, and had many artists recording his songs. We are about the same age and after about 5 minutes of talking we discovered that we are both huge Aerosmith and Guns n’ Roses fans….. And we live a mile a way from each other! Coincidence or not I think it’s pretty damn cool that I became friends with Justin Busch and I think it’s even cooler that we both have this “no rules, no excuses, push the boundaries” style to song writing and I’m so lucky to have him produce my last record. You Me &the Music.(2016)
A year later Justin and his wife were at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas on Justin and his wife left just moments before the shooting started that night. The impact of the tragedy that night is still being felt and so many friends and family have been shaken to the core by the incident.
The only way Justin and I really know how to cope with loss, and despair is to make music, so Justin and I wrote a song the next day called “The Next Aldean Show.”
We released the song the following week with 100% of the proceeds going to the victims and their families via The National Compassion Fund. So many people have gotten behind the song and it has been played all over the radio throughout the country. The song was even played in Ventura County where so many of the festival goers and victims live. My favorite lyric in the song is “You just can’t stop our way of life.”
Part of the reason Justin and I work together so well and have become such good friends is that he understands my view of fans. He gets that I view my fans as friends and for someone to listen to and spread my music they have an important connection with me.
So we decided to release a new song on Christmas day. It’s called, “Hard Not to Feel.” I am giving away a free copy to everyone on my email list. If you’d like to join the email newsletter click here or email Team@RyBradley.com
“Hard Not to Feel’ is being promoted to radio across the country and I will be performing at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville in February. I am definitely pulling myself up from my bootstraps with no major label. I am risking it all in 2018 and your support means everything to me. Click here to get your free copy of “Hard not to Feel.”