Grammy-nominated bluegrass artist to perform in concert

Dale Ann Bradley takes the stage Friday at ‘The Center’

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Grammy-nominated bluegrass artist Dale Ann Bradley is returning home to her roots in southern and eastern Kentucky.

She will perform a mixture of traditional bluegrass, country, folk and gospel music in a live concert performance on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

“Any time I can play in Kentucky is a thrill for me,” Bradley said. “I love my home state.”

Born and raised in the coal fields of Kentucky, Bradley fell in love with bluegrass music at a young age. Her first “big” break came in 1989 when she was contracted to perform at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance in Renfro Valley.

Many fans will remember Bradley from one of her earliest original compositions, “Run Rufus Run.” She penned the song from a true-to-life story about a young and reluctant moonshine runner in the mountains of eastern Kentucky.

Over the years, Bradley has had a tremendous impact on bluegrass music. She is a five-time Female Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year, a distinction given by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and was nominated for a Grammy in 2015 for her album, Pocket Full of Keys.

Bradley will be performing live and in concert with her band. Members of her band include Mike Sumner on banjo; Scott Powers on mandolin; and Matt Leadbetter on dobro.

For tickets to the Dale Ann Bradley concert, contact the Box Office at 606-677-6000 or order tickets online at Tickets are $15, general admission seating; and $25 for VIP reserved seating.

The concert performance is presented by The Center and Pinecastle Recording Company.

Prior to the concert, The Center and Schafer’s Catering will host a pre-show catered dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the exhibit hall. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at
Dale Ann Bradley takes the stage Friday at ‘The Center’

Special to the Daily News

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