Bob Bradshaw review…Sept. 11, 2019….

BOB BRADSHAW

QUEEN OF THE WEST

FLUKE RECORDS   FR10

QUEEN OF THE WEST–ROLE OF A LIFETIME–RUBY BLACK–1-800-SOSAINT–CHILD–THE WEARING OF THE BLACK–STORY GOES–HIGH HORSE–ALBUQUERQUE–EVERY LITTLE THING–HOW YOU DISAPPEAR–TAKE ME TO THE EAST–YOUR SONG

Singer/composer/storyteller extraordinaire Bob Bradshaw is based outta Boston, but his roots lie in Ireland.  His latest album is rather a rarity these days, a concept album entitled “Queen Of The West.” that draws comparisons to the frontiers of the Old West with his native Ireland.  The lovable characters involved tell their tales of love, loss, and an eternal search for redemption.  The set plays out in such a way that each individual song is likened to pieces of a quilt, which, when pieced together, provide a broader perspective.

Bob’s inviting voice is perfect for storytelling, and the instrumentation is predominantly guitar, fiddle, and pedal steel, with unique drum patterns depending upon the mood of the song.  You gotta love ol’ Ruby Black, literally born into “The Role Of A Lifetime,” as our “Queen Of The West.”  Yeah, she’s a “light sleeper” and a “straighter shot” than most, who’s been known to “pull a real gun out of her boot!”  Hey–“She’s killed a dozen men and wed a dozen more!”  She loves her son, mistakes and all, and prays for his soul in “1-800-SOSAINT,” and “The Wearing Of The Black.”  Lovers in this set find life not a bed of roses especially in “Every Little Thing,” and, “How You Disappear.”  However, long-sought redemption is found at the end, as “I heard Your Song of hope,” with backing vocal from Kris Deimhorst.

Bob Bradshaw has captured a unique vision within the characters and tales of “Queen Of The West.”  You can’t help but love ’em, and wish them the inner peace they seek throughout this enlightening and entertaining set!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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