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with banjoist Ramona Church. This collaboration resulted in such acclaimed albums as The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore and Our Point Of View. When they disbanded in 1997, she headed up Bradley & her Coon Creek Band, releasing her first solo CD East Kentucky Morning. Dale Ann doubles down in her appreciation of her tenure as a NCCG and especially being with the Renfro Valley Barn Dance show: “I had a five-year contract with Renfro, where I learned so much. It proved invaluable and I couldn’t have been better educated professionally, if I went to a university. I learned stage presence and connecting with an audience, to really know music, band situations and even recording. You know, I was a solo artist there for a couple years as well, and being at Renfro helped me support my son, John Fitzgerald Bradley, Jr. He was 7 when I divorced, and I raised him there mostly in Central Kentucky.” She still calls him “Gerald,” a variation on his middle name, though he prefers being called John. “When he was attending Berea College, he asked me to not call him Gerald, saying it seemed too childish. You know he earned The Red Foley Award there in his senior year, and did the Opry with me (playing bass). Gerald obtained a master’s degree in Education, and never gave me a moment’s worry. But now he’s into a nursing program and selling cars,” adding with a grin, “I hope he lands pretty soon.” When it comes to composing, Bradley confides that “nine times out of 10, the melody will motivate me first. You see the melody has always put me in the mood for the lyrics and story of a song.” A rare exception was her co-write with country diva Pam Tillis, who contacted Dale Ann by e-mail inviting her to get together for a writing session: “I flew down to do so. Bluegrassers love Pam - and her dad Mel, as well - and particularly the way she sings. I mean she can sing anything. She was a sweetheart to write with. We did Somewhere South Of Crazy, which became the title tune to one of my Compass Records albums (2011), and Pam sang on that, too.” Their co-op effort earned IBMA nods for both best song and best album that year. The opening track on Bradley’s latest CD Southern Memories was co-written years ago when she was 14 (with Ronnie Miracle), shortly after buying her first guitar: “He was an old friend and probably about 16 or 17 at the time. It was our story together, &WBw&vrWvVw&6ǒB&VƖvW6ǒFW&PVGV6N( 2&WBvrbFRV'BB&VV&W&pvW&RW"&G2&RR76VBv7BV"fV"bBvPSB( Ф&V6vFbW"fF6RgFVfVGW&W27&F6w2W"'V27V62FR7W'&VBffW&w2R&P&fW"B7FB'R&WffVB'֖6WvW236VG'7WB6R62( ĒƖRF6VFRv7V6w0FB&RWƖgFrBF( BvBFFF6RFB&R&V6@VFvVF&VfW'&rW2FBffW"Ɨ7FVW'2R7FVB( Ф#2FRv26g&FVBvFWr6VvRvVFv6VBvFF&WFW2FBF6WfW&R6W2fV7FBFPFR'WBFW7FRFRffƖ7F6RW6W2W'6VbBvFFPVbW"&rvVBF7VƗfvW26w20&F67BBvF67FW"6FR( ĒvWBF&VB6RvR'WBBWfW"7F2( 6RG2WBFFrFBvFW"VF6RB&VwV"6V6W2F07FVG66VGVR6VFrGFVFrFR#rV$&Vv6fVFFR6WFV&W"&W6FW2FR$v&G2'&FWV&VB6^( 2&VpW&VB'W"R7FFRvFGV7FFFRVGV6W62bfR672b#WB6W'6WB6&rFR"vFW"v&R&ǒ&7'W26PFU667&&"&&'Wv2BFRFRFf@7G&v&VV&VVw&727FFRW&f&W'2FVVVBFfRFR6vf6B6G&'WF2FFRGW7G'FR07V66VVFVB&WBW"vFW7BG&V2fr&VGFVW &VVw&72W62F6FB7V6f"v6W22@&VB( F2v&B267V6( 6֖W2'&FW( ĶVGV606G&'WFVBF7GW2BvV&W2bW62BFR'F7G2g&ЧFW&RB6VV2ƖRv^( fR6RW&B67&&&RVp&Vr7V66W76gVv6( BV7'WB'Fr6FP&V6FRBWfV&RvVRF7V66VVB( ФFR'&6FWFR'&FW2f&RrV67FR&V6&G2wwrFV6ФDT4T$U"#r6c0