Brad Hatfield review…04-30-12…

BRAD HATFIELD

UPHILL FROM ANYWHERE

SELF-RELEASED

WITNESS TO MY MISERY–FIT TO BE THE FOOL–ONE MORE NIGHT–SHE GOT TIME–SOMEBODY’S GOT TO LOSE–END OF TIME–LIVIN’ OUT THE LIE–DEATH LETTER–HEADSTRONG BABY–TOO GOOD TO GIVE AWAY–JOHN THE REVELATOR

 

 

Since being paralyzed some sixteen years ago in a construction accident, singer, songwriter, and guitarist-turned-harpman extraordinaire Brad Hatfield has turned his tragedy into triumph.  Forced to give up the guitar, Brad discovered the harp, and never looked back.  He has become one of Cincinnati’s premier bluesmen, and his latest CD, “Uphill From Anywhere,”  is a testament not only to his immense talents, but to his perserverance as well.   There are eleven cuts in all, with mainly originals interspersed with a few choice covers.

 

The backing band has some serious chops, too.  Producer Jon Justice is on guitar, Bernie Hatfield is on keys, Scot Hornick is on bass, and Michael Bram is on drums.

 

Brad pours his heart and soul into all these soulful performances.  Check out the catchy riff that drives the leadoff cut, where he tells everyone to kiss ff that are getting their kicks just by bein’ a “Witness To My Misery.”  The wailing slide guitar and backing B-3 give both “Livin’ Out The Lie” and “One More Night” a decidedly Allman-esque vibe, while Dennis Greunling adds the harp over Brad’s vocal on the tale of a girl who’s just “Too Good To Give Away.”  And, at the other end of the spectrum, we all know that type of girl who’s got time “to check her Facebook,” but seems like “She’s Got Time for everyone but me!”

 

We had two favorites, too.  Jon’s acoustic slide work over a walking beat defines Brad’s cool story about those who predict the end of the world.  Brad reminds us in “End Of Time” that “the world will end in its own time,” and people need to look in the mirror instead of studying on when it’s all gonna end.  And, the set closes with a chilling a cappella “John The Revelator,” with only Bram’s percussion in the background.

 

Brad Hatfield has crafted a solid set of songs that has something for everyone’s taste.  “Uphill From Anywhere” is indeed a sweet listen!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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