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"‘Dead Man’s Dance’- Bradford Loomis"

There’s this thing that happens at the 1:49 mark every time I’m listening to ‘Dead Man’s Dance’ by Bradford Loomis: I smile. Uncontrollably. And tap my toe. And then stomp. And then smile some more. And then hit play again. I’m guessing you’ll have about same reaction(s).
Bradford Loomis released his wonderful new album, Into The Great Unknown, over the weekend. Enjoy.
- Adam Ydstie - - Songsfortheday.wordpress.com


"Bradford Loomis"

Bradford Loomis came as a surprise for me. I thought I knew the Seattle roots music scene pretty well. And it's not like he's unknown here; in fact, he's quite well known from his many performances at Seattle roots shows. It was, again, the video from Eratosthenes Fackenthall's Ballard Sessions that converted me to his dark Americana music.
It starts off nice and simple, with a beautiful, heartfelt folk song, but by the end he's practically wailing! I got ahold of his new album, Into the Great Unknown, and it's in a similar vein to this video but with a full backing band and some gorgeous harmony singing. This is what Americana should sound like today, and too often does not. These are expertly crafted songs that owe a huge debt to the historic roots of American music but refuse to be bound by any stuffy idea of tradition. They can flip over into a killer mainstream country sound that would put plenty of wannabes in Nashville to shame, but they can also flip back to an old-school tent revival shout. And best of all, these songs are singable and hummable and just plain fun to listen to. Pay attention folks, this guy's going places!
- Devon Leger - NoDepression.com


"Bradford Loomis Ventures “Into the Great Unknown”"

If I had been told a month ago that an important part of my summer soundtrack would be a collection of gospel-infused Americana tunes, I probably would have reacted in a fashion that portrayed disbelief and possibly confusion. However, here I am, absolutely enthralled with an album that is just that: an old-fashioned gem with a whole lot of soul. Bradford Loomis just released his new album “Into the Great Unknown”, and I’m finding it hard to find the correct words to express my reaction to these songs. So, better yet, I’ll just tell you about by describing my reaction.

Now, I am not what most people would describe as an “emotional” person, but the second I started playing Into the Great Unknown in my car, something in my brain broke and/or fixed itself. I was driving to the Ballard Market and from the first song, I had goosebumps all the way up my arms and I was holding back tears at red lights. But they’re happy songs! They make me happy! They just make me so happy that I have to try really hard to not look like I’m having a mental breakdown in front of other motorists. The biggest culprit seems to be “Dead Man’s Dance”, a ballad-turned-stomp-clap tune that could break your heart if it wanted to. Luckily, it just wants to give you a hug. A big, wonderful, musical hug.

- See more at: http://www.insiderightwrist.com/featured-big/bradford-loomis-ventures-into-great-unknown/#sthash.uREBeWrr.dpuf
The rest of the album is just as solid, beginning with an a capella rendition of the traditional spiritual “Down to the River”, which leads into the upbeat ”See You on the Other Side”, a blend of classical spirituals. “My Love”, a thoughtful love song with beautiful harmonies adds variety, while ”Stampede” is another standout track with its intense percussive guitar and complimentary string arrangements.

Loomis’ vocals, in general, are just outstanding. He has a deep, clear tone that resonates in his songs, though his not-so-secret weapon lies in his talent for dynamics. Ranging from a soft-spoken, gentle hush to a commanding roar that can silence a room (I can say it because I’ve seen it). His voice and the music he makes with it really is something special. You better beard-lieve it (ba dump ching!).

I highly recommend you grab a copy of ”Into the Great Unknown” for your own collection. You’ll be glad you did.

- Katrina Charles, Inside Right Wrist May 31, 2013 - InsideRightWrist.com


"Bradford Loomis Ventures “Into the Great Unknown”"

If I had been told a month ago that an important part of my summer soundtrack would be a collection of gospel-infused Americana tunes, I probably would have reacted in a fashion that portrayed disbelief and possibly confusion. However, here I am, absolutely enthralled with an album that is just that: an old-fashioned gem with a whole lot of soul. Bradford Loomis just released his new album “Into the Great Unknown”, and I’m finding it hard to find the correct words to express my reaction to these songs. So, better yet, I’ll just tell you about by describing my reaction.

Now, I am not what most people would describe as an “emotional” person, but the second I started playing Into the Great Unknown in my car, something in my brain broke and/or fixed itself. I was driving to the Ballard Market and from the first song, I had goosebumps all the way up my arms and I was holding back tears at red lights. But they’re happy songs! They make me happy! They just make me so happy that I have to try really hard to not look like I’m having a mental breakdown in front of other motorists. The biggest culprit seems to be “Dead Man’s Dance”, a ballad-turned-stomp-clap tune that could break your heart if it wanted to. Luckily, it just wants to give you a hug. A big, wonderful, musical hug.

- See more at: http://www.insiderightwrist.com/featured-big/bradford-loomis-ventures-into-great-unknown/#sthash.uREBeWrr.dpuf
The rest of the album is just as solid, beginning with an a capella rendition of the traditional spiritual “Down to the River”, which leads into the upbeat ”See You on the Other Side”, a blend of classical spirituals. “My Love”, a thoughtful love song with beautiful harmonies adds variety, while ”Stampede” is another standout track with its intense percussive guitar and complimentary string arrangements.

Loomis’ vocals, in general, are just outstanding. He has a deep, clear tone that resonates in his songs, though his not-so-secret weapon lies in his talent for dynamics. Ranging from a soft-spoken, gentle hush to a commanding roar that can silence a room (I can say it because I’ve seen it). His voice and the music he makes with it really is something special. You better beard-lieve it (ba dump ching!).

I highly recommend you grab a copy of ”Into the Great Unknown” for your own collection. You’ll be glad you did.

- Katrina Charles, Inside Right Wrist May 31, 2013 - InsideRightWrist.com


Discography

Into the Great Unknown - Released May 18th 2013
See You On the Other Side, Get On That Train, My Love Stampede, End of This Chain and Stampede have all received airplay.

Under the August Sky - Released December 2nd 2011
On the Banks of the Ohio, Overcome, Mary Don't You Weep, and Washed in the Water have received airplay.

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Bio

Had he lived one hundred and fifty years ago, Bradford Loomis may have been riding rail cars out west or sailing down the Mississippi on a paddle boat. Or maybe he would have claimed his stake in the flat lands of the Midwest. Perhaps he would have plied his hand on a ranch in Texas.

Born in the Northwest in more modern times, Bradford has lived to tell a different, but no less exciting, tale. Through years of choir, band and orchestra he discovered a powerful kinship to the songs and stories of those bygone eras as they helped show him a meaningful way to tell his story.

Bradford Loomis marries grit and melody to dig to the roots of American folklore and speak of the raw reality of the human condition with passion. His stories span several lifetimes of relatable emotions; bitterness & loss, deep longing & regret, enduring hope & love, elation & joy.

In May of 2013 Bradford released a new full length album entitled Into the Great Unknown and kicked off a series of tours in support.
Bradford’s influences include The Civil Wars T-Bone Burnett, and Johnny Cash.