Chase Brady
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Chase Brady

Vienna, West Virginia, United States | SELF

Vienna, West Virginia, United States | SELF
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter

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"Heartbeat of the Words" and "Circles", both available at CDBaby.

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Who am I? I recently retired from teaching freshman mathematics at the University of Toledo. These days, I hang out in Parkersburg, WV.  I play guitar, lap steel and mandolin. I also sing and write songs. That's my real passion. In addition to solo performances, I'm in a band called "Still Crazy" and occasionally perform with singer/songwriter Don Baker.  I'm working toward lining up more gigs.  I have two CDs of all original tunes, "Heartbeat of the Words" and "Circles" on CD Baby.

Musical Influences: Most importantly, the "Cellar Door" coffeehouse. No, not that one - the one on the campus of Stetson University circa 1969-71. I was a young college student, and had the good fortune to fall in with a bunch of knowledgeable musicians who taught me that not all the great music makes it into the top 40. They introduced me to people like Fred Neal, Buffy Saint -Marie, Eric Anderson, Hedge and Donna Capers and James Taylor (before "Fire and Rain"). Of course, I also listened to Paul Simon, CSNY, and even a bit of Santana, Hendrix and Doors, but since those days I've maintained a preference for the folks who aren't quite so mainstream. Over the years, I'd count as major influences Fred Neil, James Taylor, John Fahey, Tony Rice, and Allison Krauss. I tried my hand at Bluegrass, but it's too durn fast for me. I have gotten a fair amount of repertoire from Union Station. Current favorites are Tim O'Brien, John Gorka, and Danny O'Keefe, whose recent songs are maybe even better than the older ones. So I kind of fit somewhere in the middle of country, folk and bluegrass, with a little blues and pop for flavor.

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