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Established 1981


Artist   Scott Bradbury


Publication   Blues Bytes   
Date  Wednesday, December 31st, 1969  
Auther   Tom Coulson

Scott Bradbury, a.k.a. Badboy Scotty, is a harmonica player/ vocalist from Chicago where he learned his musical craft on the streets. Best known for his association with Chicago blues great Jimmy Rogers, he also worked with John Brim, Floyd Jones, Eddie Taylor and Sam Lay for 25 years, touring the US and Europe. Even without knowing his credentials, by listening to his set of music, it's obvious he's hardworking and dedicated, not a rocker wanna-be. It's time for Bradbury to be a leader, with his own CD, Callin' All Blues (TearDrop), released in mid 2004. I have good news... Scott Bradbury's harmonica playing is superb, reminding me of Charlie Musselwhite's best earlier recordings. Take that to mean qualities of Big Walter Horton. Bradbury's vocal in range is comparable to Darryl Nullish. The words jump out and tell the truth. The production and balance of the recording is excellent. The taste of the guitar solos by Tre' (a regular on the Chicago scene) are very good, never showy or overdone. At one point he uses octaves, two strings in unison, if you will. The rhythm of Frank Bandy, bass and Marty Binder , drums cook and anchor the session admirably. Shuffle rhythms seem to dominate for a few until the slow "Life Story" then the funky "Be Careful What You Wish For". A slow and jazzy "Things I Should" is perhaps the most relaxed for not just the leaders vocal, but the entire band. "Light Fuse Get Away" is the only instrumental of the disc, a jump rhythm, really showing off the caliber of the group, the harmonica out front hinting toward William Clark. "Third Eye" is a meduim/slow, with an attractive alternative chord progression on the turnaround just enough to make it stand out. All selections are originals by Bradbury, with the exception of the closer, Johnny Otis' "Country Girl" and as I hoped for, the strongest cut was indeed saved for last. It feels like Jr. Wells "Snatch It Back" and rocks with abandon. I can just imagine seeing Scott Bradbury live. He's holding court at the apex of the right Saturday night, the band kicks into overdrive fueled by inspiration. I take advice from the lyrics he's singing: "Come on let's go baby, let's go out on the town, to the late night spot, where everybody's gettin' down."


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