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Lovers, Wives & Mothers: A Western Woman's Voice

by Almeda Bradshaw

ALMEDA's third album of seven originals and four covers is a mix of bluegrass, folk and western swing-flavored songs that give voice to the lives of contemporary and historical Western women.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Heavenly Here With You
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2. Colors in the Rain
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3. Davy, Don't You Know
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4. Cold as Clay
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5. Rosa May
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6. The Love of Lottie Johl
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7. Hallie Lonnigan
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8. Daddy's Bells
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9. Crazy Mary
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10. Parker Eyes of Blue
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11. Somewhere in the Rubies Tonight
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WESTERN AMERICANA / ROOTS MUSIC ALMEDA is one of Montana’s talented Western singer songwriters. Her love and appreciation for the western way of life is expressed in heartfelt songs that give voice to the westerner: cowboys, cowgirls, ranchers, farmers and more. A lifetime of writing and playing stringed instruments places her work above the ordinary. Clear vocals, a compelling stage presence and accomplished musicianship guarantee ALMEDA to be an audience favorite.

"I had to move EAST to find the WEST. Though raised a town girl on the Oregon coast, all I wanted was to be a cowgirl. I spent hours riding the range of my imagination in a swing set saddle and when tall enough, I threw a leg up on my family’s trusty propane tank and rode off into many a sunset."

Her family’s move to the country brought horses into ALMEDA's childhood and they remained a staple of her adult life. She raised her family in north central Montana, while breeding and showing performance horses, running 150 cows and operating a seed plant and feed business. She now helps train AQHA performance horses with her husband, former Marlboro Man, Merritt Bradshaw, on the Yellowstone River in Huntley, Montana.

A multi-instrumentalist, ALMEDA studied cello and piano through college, has a BA in Elementary Education and is self-taught on the guitar, mandolin and various other stringed instruments. She taught students of all ages to play strings from her former private studio and retail store, A Room For Music, in Big Sandy, MT. ALMEDA has written poetry, journals and songs since her teen years and has been performing at cowboy gatherings throughout the west for nearly two decades.

In 2010, ALMEDA produced two albums of original songs and poetry, Voices From the Range and A Way of Heart. Both albums were co-produced with ALMEDA by Chris Cunningham of the acoustic duo, Storyhill, at Basecamp Recording Studio in Bozeman with Montana musicians Britt Smith and Ric Steinke of Open Range adding instrumentation.

2009 Rookie - Made the finals in 3 of 4 events and placed in the money in Serious Reciting - National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Montrose, CO
2010 People’s Choice Musician - Lee Earl Memorial Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Lewiston, ID
2010 Voices From The Range - Spent seven months on Joe Baker’s Backforty Bunkhouse chart of Top 20 Western Albums
2010 Best of 2010 - Song The Range Call made Stan Howe’s Best of 2010 Montana Public Radio’s Bunkhouse & Honkytonk Folkshow
2011 Voices From The Range - #15 on the Western Music Association chart of Top 20 Western Albums
2011 Rising Star Finalist - Kamloops Cowboy Festival, Kamloops, BC
2011 Second Place Serious Reciting - National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Kanab, UT
2012 Top Five Nomination A Way of Heart: The Big Sandy Years - Academy of Western Artists Cowboy Poetry Album of the Year

ALMEDA grew up listening to her dad’s lp collection of big bands, the Boston Pops and classical orchestra music until an eye-opening epiphany happened while watching the Beatles’ American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Though classically trained through college on piano and cello, her musical alter-ego was fed through the guitar which she taught herself to play at age thirteen. It was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s "Circle" album that turned her on to the flat picking style of Mother Maybelle Carter. Though covers of Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac and other songs of great artists from the 60s and 70s took over her teenage years, ALMEDA later returned to the heart of her musical soul in Western Americana/Roots Music, an eclectic mix of cowboy, bluegrass, old-time, folk and spirituals. There she remains.


"LOVE your CD, it was waiting for me when I picked up my mail, popped it into the cd player, and smiled all the way home! Beautiful!! :) "
JK Dooley, Western Artist and Western Music Fan, December 2012

"Thank You, Almeda! You are amazing!!!! We all love ya!!!"
Sandy Setty, Activities Director, Mountain Plaza Senior Community, Casper, WY, February 2015

"At The Bonaventure in Ventura, California!!......Thank You my dear, Cowgirlie Friend! The Bonaventure management said that ours was the Best Performance that they had ever had there! And they also e-mailed me to also say that the residents Loved the Show!!!" Andria Kidd, Ventura CA, May 2014

“Your voice is amazing. It touches something inside me that’s hard to explain........like seeing a painting that really speaks to you.”
Jerry Paxton, Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering, Encampment, WY, July 2009

“She is amazing! Wonderful voice, great stage presence and amazing heartfelt songs.”
Audience member - www.flikr.com 23rd Annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Medora, ND, May 2009

“I think you are quite good.........a good singer and a good composer.”
Gary McMahan, www.singingcowboy.com 2010

“Your voice is delightful and O so GOOD.”
Don Decker, Old West Coffee Company, 2010



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