Exclusive Interview with Mitch Bradford
Why country music ?
~ Country music still has the spark of storytelling. I think that's why we all love it. It's three chords and the truth. Doesn't go much farther than that.
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included), which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ I think it was done. Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn singing "Lousiana Woman, Mississippi Man". That's the ultimate country duet.
What song (that you've recorded) means the most to you and why?
~ I thought Love is Kind" is pretty good. "Sweet Defender" which hasn't come out yet is special. "It's Still Me" probably has the best lyrics.
Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ Toby Keith. I'd like to write a song for Toby Keith to play.
What is the one thing that readers/fans would be surprised to know about you?
~ I'm a screenwriter and filmmaker too. I'm interested in meditation. Maybe that's surprising. Maybe not!
Give us one country song you never want to hear on radio anymore and tell us why.
~ I love Willie Nelson ... but maybe the secondary genre of "Smoking Weed with Willie" songs is played out. There's twenty of them now. They keep coming. The definitive one is "I"ll Never Smoke Weed with Willie Again."
But Willie is the greatest. His songs should remain on the radio forever.
What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and...you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
~ If I believe we're living in a simulation.
Haha! No comment!
Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ I think RCA Studio A and RCA Studio B in Nashville. Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals. Columbia Studio B in Nashville where they recorded "Blonde on Blonde". Sam Phillips and Sun Studio.
I'm always amazed by how much good music gets made in unassuming buildings. A lot of these buildings don't look like much from the outside.
Johnny or June ?
~ Haha! This is sacrilege. But Johnny's prison records are amazing. So I'd say Johnny. "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" is played a lot in my apartment.
Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves.
~ I get nervous before the first song. But once I settle into a groove, the nerves die.
What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ Probably the second day of the recording session for "LOVE IS KIND". The first day was tough. I didn't know if it was going to work out. And if the songs would hold up. But the second day we recorded "Sweet Defender" and one more - I can't remember. And I had a feeling that everything would be alright. Our sound was coalescing. The vibe in the room was amazing. I won't forget it.
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Answers given on May 16, 2018