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Bradbury Press and Adam Hood, September 8

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A couple of weeks ago, I was out pounding the musical pavement yet again. On a Thursday evening, I stopped by Tom Grainey's to hear the Bradbury Press. One of the band members mistakenly thought I had written a preview on the show and invited me down, but it turned out to be a great mistake. To start the evening, Opelika, Alabama singer/songwriter Adam Hood who was slated to open for Leon Russell (and who has opened for Russell several times already), found out just outside of Boise that the show had been cancelled. After meeting up with the Bradbury boys, it was a unanimous decision that Hood would open for B.P. at Grainey's. Serendipity. Hood has a country/bluesy sound and his honest lyrics and Southern charm almost had me weeping. His songs are sweet, funny, even melancholy and his voice sometimes breaks on high notes which gives his tunes all that much more sincerity. Hood even played a couple of songs with B.P. as backup and it was hard to believe the five of them had only met that night. I highly recommend you visit Hood's myspace.com page and listen to "This House." It'll break your damn heart.

Hood was a tough act to follow, but Bradbury Press pulled it off without a hitch. Their Dave Matthews-ish sound is rich, has great beats and had people out on the floor dancing. These are four of the nicest guys I've had the pleasure to meet and while they might like to be tough-guy-rock-stars, it just isn't going to happen. Their smooth, tight sound with just a hint of reggae will garner them all the fans they need and the two or three bachelorette parties that that wandered into the bar didn't seem to mind that these are nice boys at all. When B.P. pulled out their cover of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," all the girls were moony eyed. Even though it was a late, late night, this show was definitely worth the couple of hours of lost sleep.

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