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Colorado; The Rockies, Nuggets, & Jim Bradford. The latest in Folk Music's ready to Redraw the Line

Jim Bradford´s Redraw the Line has it all: life, regret and leprechauns. From the feel good vibe of "Weena" to the heavier sounds of "Drought" Jim covers all the bases of human emotion in one album. Audiences will dig Redraw the Line right off the bat with the ebony and ivory of the first two tracks, "Free" and "Regret." Jim showcases both extremes of what life can deal a person. Life lessons accompanied by music with a folk feel will garner the attentions of Steve Earle and Phish fans alike.

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"Free" is the soundtrack to many people´s dreams. Who doesn´t escape reality every once in awhile at work and think of being free on an open road where their only responsibility is making sure the tank is full, and sometimes not even as much as that. This is one of those songs that come on and instantly puts a smile on faces and images in mindsets.

"Dino´s Revenge" tells a story in a country fashion but leaves the twang to the side. It´s a laidback tune that will have listeners swaying to every beat. The guitar solo near the end showcases it´s not all about the story though, you have to focus on the musicianship; balance it out.

"Redraw the Line" is the title track that holds up the end of the album as the second to last track. This line was redrawn in the best fashion with a smooth flow that allows the words to just sway through the speakers into the minds everyone in earshot.

Folk Rocker Jim Bradford...Music, Dinosaurs and the Backwoods

All my babysitters ever gave me were time outs and juice boxes. Jim Bradford's introduced to a world of music. From then on it was an orchestrated buffet of Hendrix, Grateful Dead and Bad Religion. Jim fuses his favorites with his personal touch to bring to life his Folk Rock sound. This rocker went from the Golden Coast to small-town Montana all the while getting into textbook adolescent trouble. Later real books took control in, of all places, grad school.

After traveling the depths of Western China, meeting a woman who could handle his antics and seeing the dark side of reality, Jim now resides in the Rocky state of Colorado. All of the above being the inspiration behind Jim's latest, "Redraw the Line" and for his new, currently untitled album. Jim notes about the new tunes, "I think it turned out good...It is funny, some people think it is depressing, others uplifting, others funny."

When it came down to diving into the mind of musician Jim Bradford, I thought what better way than to use his own ammo? For those familiar with his album, "Redraw the Line," the following questions will look familiar. Lastly, before you dive, I have to note how weird I find it that words in simple black and white can let you see the hues of a person hundreds of miles away. Ladies and gents, Jim Bradford...

Kendra Beltran: What's music set you "Free" from?

Jim Bradford: Great question. I am a pretty anxious person sometimes. I also (as I mentioned above) historically have always pushed hard. (I used to spend half my life recovering from the other half haha). Anyway, to answer your question, I think that being on earth is a continuous struggle to survive against any number of things (stress, disease, human violence, accidents, the elements). Music takes that all away for me!!

Kendra: Name one thing you'll never "Regret" doing.

Jim: Making music. I sometimes torture myself over things that happened years or decades ago. That is such a waste of time and energy. I do wish I would have approached the subject of the song differently, though.

Kendra: What exactly is a "Weena?"

Jim: Weena is the character in the HG Wells book, the time machine. She is, for me, also that mythical future love you haven´t yet met; double meaning.

Kendra: Finish the line: My life feels like it's suffering from a "drought" when _________ is missing.

Jim: I didn´t used to feel this way, and that's I why I didn´t do music more continuously, but now I feel I am suffering a serious drought when I am not making music; writing mostly.

Kendra: Do you have a lucky trinket a "Leprechaun" may have given you when you travel or are onstage?

Jim: I don´t think that inantimate objects having much value. I have a lot, but if it all went away, I don´t think I would care much. Take all this physical junk away, I don´t care. Sorry, I am not answering your question. No, I don´t really have an tokens of something very important to me. I do, however cherish my family and some few close friends.

Kendra: Can you remember a time where you had to go beyond the standard level of "Brave?"

Jim" Yes, my wife was pregnant with triplets. She got "HELLP" syndrome and had to deliver at 24-1/2 weeks; micro premies. The healthiest child died after 28 days due to a medical err. My other son has severe cerebral palsy, and has never spoken a word. My daughter is healthy and happy! She is very important to me. Sorry to have to tell you this story, it is seriously messed up and has had a huge effect on me. HOWEVER, it has given me a depth and empathy for the less fortunate that I don´t think I would have otherwise. Life gives you gifts that don´t seem like gifts sometimes.

Kendra: If Jurassic Park happened in real life, what do you think would be gone first in the "Dino's Revenge?"

Jim: Hopefully corporate level people that greedily feed on people and the earth. Although, Dino´s points a finger at all of us who are quick to blame others, but don´t admit that each of us by not being thoughtful in our personal lives add up to the worlds difficulties.

Kendra: Be honest, did you have any crazy styles back in good "Ol' 80?"

Jim: Sure, I had a mullet for a short time. That´s about it though. My major look was baseball cap, jean jacket, jeans back in Montana, dorky. I had a girlfriend from Mesa Verde (LA) that gave me a lot of shit for my backwoods look and behaviors. Incidently, Ol´ 80 is actually Adolph Eggen, my great uncle. "80" = "Addie." He was a musician and an alcoholic. Apparently a nice guy and gifted, but in pretty bad shape and alcohol took over and defined his life, too bad.

Kendra: You got into a little bits of trouble back in the day. Did any of those involve a "One Punch Fight?"

Jim: Oh sure, I got into a couple fights. This one was, though, when a girl I really, really loved screwed some other guys. She screwed lots of dudes, but not when we were dating, only towards the end. I really felt like a "one-punch fight," that is for sure.

Kendra: We here this and that about life on the farm. Growing up on your grandpa's, what's your strangest story from the "Backwoods, Boy?"

Jim: Let me get back to you on that...

Kendra: Do you wish there was a point in your life you could just "Redraw the Line" to make the outcome different?

Jim: My idea for "Redraw the Line" was from when I was dealing with my kids. A nurse told me that when you get into a situation that you simply can´t handle then you just have to redraw the line. I think any and everybody will redraw the line between what they would and would not do (or handle) as needed to protect their most precious things or continue.

Kendra: Imagine the heater's broken, you've hit a wall while writing and the dog's barking is beyond the bothersome threshold. "Why" even continue?

Jim: You have no choice.

By Brady Smith

Bob Dylan was the poster child for folk artists with mediocre vocal talents. As a matter of fact, it is not the vocal qualities of most folk artists that draw in their fans. In keeping with this tradition, Jim Bradford’s artistic talent can’t be judged by the vocals. Classical folk tale playfulness and the use of horns create a fresh addition to his sound.

The sax solo in “Near Miss” enforce Bradford’s message-sending lyrics, and the guitar solo in “Weena” showcases a distinctive talent. But, all artists walk that fine line between trying enough and trying too hard.
The strengths of the album lie in “Brave,” which feature Bradford’s rough vocal sprawl and offers us a more traditional folk sound. The easiness of his vocals allows the message of his lyrics to shine through.

When Bradford stops trying so hard, we hear a vocal raspiness that allows the powerful harmonies to filter through. The nuanced vocal distortions in sections of “One Punch Fight” serve up a kind of Johnny Cash country touch to the melody.

Overall, there is impressive potential in Bradford’s ability to produce influential folk rock. But there is a caveat. He either needs to ratchet down his near tone-deaf vocals to something more consonant with the folk sound, or he needs to realize that since his greatest gifts are as a songwriter and musician, and a more talented vocalist might better serve his music.

Redraw the line