Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 2013-2014

DECEMBER 7, 2016, 8:00 PM, No Tickets Required

Dale Ann Bradley

Coolidge Auditorium

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Coolidge Auditorium 8pm-9:30pm

Dale Ann Bradley was born and raised in the coal fields of Kentucky. She fell in love with bluegrass music as an early teen and was determined to pursue her dreams.  She first played with a regional band called Backporch Grass. After being contracted to perform at the Renfro Valley Barndance in Renfro Valley, Kentucky, she became part of the leading Bluegrass band  The New Coon Creek Girls, and began recording and traveling extensively. In 1997, she began leading the “Dale Ann Bradley Band,” with whom she has recorded seven albums. Dale Ann writes songs about her upbringing, combining many genres of music, including country and gospel. She has received the International Bluegrass Music Award for female vocalist five times, the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America award for female vocalist twice, and many other awards for collaborations. Her most recent album, which she produced, is entitled Pocket Full of Keys. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016 for Best Bluegrass Album.

Greg Blaylock was born and raised in Dickson, Tennessee, and started playing music around 9 years old. His grandfather was Billy Powers, who played with Flatt and Scruggs in the 1960s and was known as the singing bus driver. Billy taught Greg to play guitar, dobro, and banjo. Greg and Billy played contests all over the country and won many state championships. At the age of 17, Greg went on a tour with the Southern Arts Federation and met Dale Ann Bradley for the first time. He has since played in several bands in addition to hers.

Scott Powers’s love of music started at an early age, as his family would always gather and sing and play. He learned to play the guitar at 12 and later took up the mandolin. He has traveled with several different bands and played with a several musical icons. When he’s not on the road he continues to perform for his church.

Tim Dishman was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, with family roots in Alabama and West Virginia. He grew up playing in his family’s gospel band. He turned to bluegrass at thirteen when he received his first guitar and his first Tony Rice album. He started his bluegrass career playing guitar with The Porter County Bluegrass Band. He has also played with The Kenny Stone Unit, Special Consensus, and the Tina Adair Band. He played bass on Alan Jackson’s “The Bluegrass Album.”

Join the American Folklife Center on December 7, 2016 in the last of the events celebrating its 40th anniversary. Kentucky’s Dale Ann Bradley Band will conclude the celebrations with an 8pm bluegrass concert in Coolidge Auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson building of The Library Of Congress. She’ll include a special tribute to Jean Ritchie (1922-2015) a renowned Kentucky-born folksinger, instrumentalist, and ethnographic collector, whose collection of materials documenting folk traditions and the folk revival in Britain and America resides in the American Folklife Center’s archive.