Keith Bradford

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Keith Bradford, 2005 Honorary inductee in the Rhode Island Country Music Hall of Fame, is still active in Nashville, long after Opryland where he started, closed. One of the finest shows you could enjoy at Opryland USA when it was going strong was Country Music USA. The show traced country music through the years and included many of its various styles. Each year auditions were held around the country to find talented young musicians for its cast. Rhode Islander, Bradford won his audition and was a cast member from 1977 through 1980.

The show was updated each year to include the music of that year’s country music stars, so you would see a slightly different show each year. Keith’s talents shown through as he portrayed many of the greats in country music—A. P. Carter in the Carter Family segment—Ernest Tubb in “Walking The Floor Over You”—Roy Acuff in “The Wabash Cannonball”—Willie Nelson in “Georgia On My Mind” and Earl Scruggs in the group Flatt & Scruggs. Keith also played the part of the great Red Foley and Merle Haggard and his voice was heard in some of the show’s historical narrations. “I truly believe that anyone young and wishing to become known in country music circles should spend no less than two years working in the cast of [a show such as] Country Music USA at Opryland”, Bradford says,. “The training is the best, and so is the exposure.” A couple of souvenir LP albums of these shows were made over the years and these were produced by the great Porter Wagoner.

From his experience performing in this show, Keith went on to become the leader of the Tennessee Mountain Boys which traveled and backed up the Queen of Country Music, Kitty Wells, her husband Johnny Wright and their son, Bobby. Keith played bass in the band and MC’d their shows for over 16 years. With the Kitty Wells Family show now in retirement, Keith and his wife own and operate KMA Records in Nashville and produce lots of traditional country music stars, including RI’s Cindy Lane Adams and Roger Glenn Miller. Their music is distributed around the world. Besides his RI award, Bradford also has two Billboard charted records to his credit—“Lonely People” written by Providence, RI’s Jimmie Crane and “Lonely Comin’ Down” written by Porter Wagoner.

Keith has over 500 songs to his credit as songwriter which makes Keith one of the few Country songwriters in history to have written that many songs with various songwriters including Barbara Blevins, Clyde R Birkla and various other professional songwriters worldwide.

Bio courtesy of the Independent Superstars Hall Of Fame in South Africa

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A Tribute To Kitty Wells

A Whole Lot Of Crying

Baby Don’t Mention My Name

I Picked A Rose For Mama (Jimmy Aubuchon)

Lola With The Nova

Your Burning Kisses

Don’t Blow Out The Candles

 

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