Check out new music from Darrin Bradbury, a self-confessed folk satirist who observes life, love and microwaves in small town America.
Road trips, road kill, beer, baseball, addiction and depression – Darrin Bradbury writes about the minutiae of life in modern America. He’s an old-fashioned storyteller, a troubadour who searches for humour and poetry in the mundane and the humdrum.
Lyrics such as “Our love is like the meth lab in your mother’s basement” and “true love is going to make you lose some teeth” illustrate Bradbury’s wry view of romance and the wider world. This view has been informed by an unusual childhood (his mother was circus clown), ten years on the road and a long-running battle with depression.
Bradbury dabbled in music for many years before getting serious and moving to Nashville at the age of 25. It wasn’t an auspicious start – he spent three months sleeping in his car in a Walmart parking lot.
But he kept turning up at open mic nights, and slowly built up a loyal fanbase. Thanks to a handful of self-funded EPs and albums, he now has a national profile and a record deal.
Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs is Bradbury’s first album release with ANTI-Records. He says writing it was a way of “looking depression in the eye and trying to make it laugh”.
Recorded in Nashville and produced by Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids, it includes a duet with country queen and long-time supporter of Bradbury, Margo Price.
Here’s the first single off the album, which is due out 20 September.