ARTIST NAME: Sid Bradley
SONG TITLE: Rows on Rows
ALBUM TITLE: On My Dominion
RELEASE DATE: January 2019
If you were in high school or college during the late sixties and early seventies, you can probably recall knowing a number of musicians and songwriters and their garage bands.
Creativity ran rampant and it seemed like so many people I knew were writing songs that reflected the era. Although many recorded their masterpieces on reel to reel and cassette recorders, very few, if any, were discovered by producers who could catapult them to stardom.
In reality, for every song you heard on the radio, there were thousands being created and played in basements and garages across the USA. I dedicate this album to all those brilliant artists who remained undiscovered.
Here I offer a sampling of the songs I wrote and recorded during this time. I wrote hundreds of songs, recorded dozens, and actually produced several “45s” that were played on radio stations across the eastern US, Canada, England, and Germany.
My songs were reviewed in Billboard, Record World, Rolling Stone, and a few lesser-known publications.
I was pleasantly surprised recently to discover a few of my singles for sale on eBay and Amazon for upwards of $70 each.
This helped me realize that, perhaps, there are still people with an interest in the raw sounds of this time period. If you are one of those people, then this album is for you. Enjoy! Sid Bradley.
A special thanks to lead guitarists/vocalists extraordinaire Kelly Fowler and Don Lockridge, bassist Chris Reese and the late Mike Frakes (drums), the late Jeff Wahler (vocals and bass), Kenny Hayden (drums), and the late “Little Rick” Howard (guitarist) for making this album possible.
I also pay homage to the late Vic Sandre, the Estonian immigrant and successful IBM salesman who became my group’s manager and invested a small fortune into our professional recordings and their promotion.
Finally, a special thanks to my daughter Kelsey Paz for her creativity, technical skill, and input in the making of this album. I love you!
Tell us your history.
I was in middle school in the early 1960s when the Beatles burst onto the world scene. I was so affected by their music, that I started learning how to play the guitar.
After the first guitar lesson, I knew three chords. That was enough for me to write my first song.
In high school, I formed a band and started playing top 40 songs, to play at dances, and later, in bars. All the while, I had a desire to do so much more than a dance/bar band.
I continued to write songs and by the early Seventies, I started recording them in a small studio in Western Kentucky.
My bandmates and I hired a manager and we started releasing some single 45s that got quite a bit of airplay, not only on local radio stations but on radio stations throughout the Northeast US.
We became successful in our own right, with reviews in some music magazines, but we never broke into the Billboard charts.
By the end of the 70s, the members of my band all went their separate ways.
After writing and releasing a tribute to John Lennon in December 1980, I went back to college and became a teacher.
Describe yourself as an artist.
I consider myself a classic seventies artist. Seventies music is a genre that has never gone out of style. Even today, it holds the attention of a large segment of the population and is in many ways still relevant.
Tell us the genre of your music.
Classic rock and ballad, singer-songwriter, guitar music.
Tell us the story behind your song.
The song ‘Rows on Rows’ was written during my most prolific period of writing and represents an unbridled expression of optimism about life and love.
Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.
The only problem I face, which is a common one, is simply being heard by the audience that would appreciate my music most.
Discuss the recording and production of the song.
The original version of this song was recorded on a 16 track reel to reel recorder.
In recent months, I have gone back into the studio with these original recordings and converted every single track to digital format.
Then, with the help of a skilled engineer, remixed and remastered this song to its current recording quality.
List the names of blogs, radio, or television stations that have supported you so far.
I have just started promoting in earnest within the last couple of weeks, but I am getting positive feedback. I have been approved by just a handful of blogs and stations so far, including Celtica Radio and Jammerzine, and a few college stations.
Elaborate on your music career, experience, and future goals.
I have written and played music for over 50 years while maintaining teaching and, later, business careers. I hope to do even more in retirement from my business over the next few years.
Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.
I believe that a song that succeeds is one that comes from the heart that everyone can identify with, and has a catchy melody.
Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Never give up.
Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have received.
Other than what I did during the seventies, I have released two albums, The Undiscovered Seventies (2016) and On My Dominion (2019).
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
My most creative state of mind is when I am on the verge of sleep, either late at night or early in the morning. Most songs come to me as a melody or guitar riff that I later build by adding lyrics and other parts.
Name your favorite artists for collaboration.
I work independently.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Mostly in investments and having fun with grandkids.
Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.
I am working with Music Submit and some social media advertising.
Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.
Life is always a balance, but family comes first.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Sid Bradley, simply a shortened version of my given name (Darrel Sidney Bradley) that I have gone by all my life.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
‘Rows on Rows’ references the abundance of good things to enjoy in life.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
The title ‘On My Dominion’ is the first song on the album. Everyone has a “dominion”, a circle of family, friends, ideas, and influence that they will protect no matter what.
The theme is summed up by the lyrics “You have your right to hold your opinion, but don’t force me to see things your way.”