ABOUT

BETWEEN A HORSE AND ME is a collection of eleven western songs written and inspired over the past decade by Almeda's life as a horsewoman, caregiver and westerner. Songs about horses, homeland, relationships and the reasons for them are written into ten original songs and one cover song by IWMA award-winning, Dave Stamey. 

Produced by Aarom Meador & Kristyn Harris at Allegro Sound Lab, Cleburn, TX,and Almeda Bradshaw, M2B Ranch Music in Huntley, MT, early reviews declare "fantastic musicianship all around" and "strong session folks support her" and "production collaboration is extremely successful" indicate the music alone is worth listening to, but combined with "heartfelt and sensitive lyrics" along with "great arrangements" has garnered the album a "highly recommended" from Rick Huff's Best of the West Reviews who declares it "may rank as her most artistically successful yet"

 

CREDITS

Almeda Bradshaw:  Lead Vocals and Harmonies as noted
Rocky Gribble:  Lead and Rhythm Guitars http://www.rockygribble.com/about-me/
Kristyn Harris:  Rhythm Guitar https://www.kristynharris.com/
Almeda Bradshaw:  Fingerstyle Rhythm Guitar
Brook Wallace Deaton:  Fiddle, Violin, Viola, Cello https://fandalism.com/brooklynn923
Steve Palousek:  Pedal Steel Guitar https://www.stevesrecordingstudio.com/about-steve
Aden Bubeck:  Electric and Upright Bass http://adenbubeck.com/?page_id=20
Drew Phelps:  Upright Bass https://www.allmusic.com/artist/drew-phelps-mn0001836430
Josh Rodgers:  Drums and Percussion https://soundcloud.com/oshrodgerssessionguy
Andrew Griffith:  Drums https://www.allaboutjazz.com/member-andrew-griffith
David "Strummer" Sawyer:  Mandolin https://www.thesimplegiftsband.com/the-band
Jimmy Lee Robbins:  Lead Guitar https://www.bandmix.com/jimmyleerobbins/
Lionicio Saenz:  Cuatro and Percussion http://www.latinexpressband.com/
Barbara Sites:  Marimba
Steven Brown:  Lead Guitar http://www.auditionbuzz.com/profiles/stevenbrown
Brady Goss:  Piano https://bradygoss.com/
Gregory Waits:  Trombone http://www.gregwaitsmusic.com/bio.html
Kevin Bailey:  Harmonica

LINER NOTES

RIDING ALONG THE RIVER


Lead Vocal:  Almeda Bradshaw
Fiddles:  Brook Wallace Deaton
Pedal Steel Guitar:  Steve Palousek
Arch Top Rhythm Guitar:  Kristyn Harris
Upright Bass:  Aden Bubeck
Drums:  Andrew Griffith

Early in my western music career, I rewrote the classic Autry/Burnette song Riding Down the Canyon to reflect my home in Montana. It's become a standard show opener in which I introduce folks to where I live and what life is like living along the Yellowstone River. Merritt's voice-over admonition to "forget those chores" comes from my IWMA Song of the Year-nominated, Heavenly Here With You.

RIDING

Lead & Harmony Vocals:  Almeda Bradshaw
Flat Top Rhythm Guitar:  Rocky Gribble
Electric Lead Guitar:  Rocky Gribble
Electric Bass:  Aden Bubeck
Drums:  Josh Rogers

I set Charles Badger Clark's poem Riding to music in 2012, before I was aware of Don Edwards' version. I've produced my version with a Don Rich-style chicken-pickin' electric guitar for my favorite Bakersfield Country Western sound.

WILL HE OR WON'T HE

Lead Vocal:  Almeda Bradshaw
Harmony Vocals:  Judy Coder & Jennifer Epps "Notable Exceptions"
Fiddles:  Brook Wallace Deaton
Pedal Steel and Electric Lead Guitar: Steve Palousek
Rhythm Guitar:  Kristyn Harris
Upright Bass:  Drew Phelps
Drums:  Andrew Griffith

This is the true story of a horse I used to own. I first wrote a poem about him called Willy, the Wonder Horse which appears on my album A Way of Heart. He was such an amazing animal and I was blessed to ride him to a MRCHA Non-Pro Limited High Point Championship in 2005. He was so broke, it came as quite a surprise for me to find out he was very unpredictable as a colt! His story makes a fun song. 

BUCKSKIN HORSE

Lead & Harmony Vocal:  Almeda Bradshaw
Fingerstyle Rhythm Guitar:  Almeda Bradshaw
Lead Guitar:  Jimmy Lee Robbins
Harmonica:  Kevin Bailey
Upright Bass:  Aden Bubeck
Drums:  Josh Rodgers

The first time I heard Dave Stamey's Buckskin Horse, I said to myself, "Thank you, Dave, for writing my song."  It's easily relatable because I once had a buckskin horse named Willy on whom I experienced the freedom, power and joy of riding that this song expresses so beautifully. And even more, I've lived the ups and downs and the hopes and the doubts related to the music I write and produce for the public. "And her dreams.....she can almost touch 'em.... perhaps she never will."

ON THE TRAIL

Lead & Harmony Vocals:  Almeda Bradshaw
Flat Top Rhythm Guitar:
  Rocky Gribble
Marimba:  Barbara Sites
Cuatro and percussion:  Lionicio Saenz
Upright Bass:  Aden Bubeck
Drums:  Josh Rodgers

This song was inspired by the opening line of Gary McMahan's poem A Cowboying Day which begins "Morning is just a thin line to the east...." I have seen that kind of morning light many times on the prairies of eastern Montana. Gary's description of cowboy life got me thinking about a day in the life of a cattle drive cowboy and how the sun's placement in the sky would have dictated what he'd be doing with his time throughout the day. Musically, I wanted to pay homage to cowboys of color whose background may have came from the Caribbean. Hence, the calypso style featuring the fabulous musicianship of Barbara Sites and Lionicio Saenz.

TRUSTING

Lead & Harmony Vocals:  Almeda Bradshaw
Lead Gut String & Acoustic Rhythm Guitar:  Rocky Gribble
Lead Electric Guitar:  Steven Brown
Electric Bass:  Aden Bubeck
Drums:  Josh Rodgers

In 2011, I attended a writing workshop presented by Henry Real Bird at the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown. I love Henry's stream of consciousness poetry with his delivery like water running over river stones. And I had just finished reading Ivan Doig's novel Bucking the Sun about the building of the Fort Peck dam and the word "bucking" captured my imagination in a new way. It took on more meaning than the iconic action of riding a bronc. Bucking in its fullest sense is a contest of wills, of elements in conflict, be it man versus animal or forces of nature. So as I listened to Henry, I started my own stream of consciousness about a cowboy bucking up against forces coming between him and a safe return to the home ranch. And within that context, the question arises: where does man put his trust?

LOOKING FOR HOME

Lead Vocal:  Almeda Bradshaw
Harmony Vocals:  Judy Coder & Jennifer Epps "Notable Exceptions"
Gut String Lead & Auxiliary Rhythm Guitar:  Rocky Gribble
Mandolin:  David "Strummer" Sawyer
Pedal Steel Guitar:  Steve Palousek
Rhythm Guitar:  Kristyn Harris
Upright Bass:  Aden Bubeck
Drums:  Josh Rodgers

This song came out of the time I took care of my mom-in-law, Elaine. She lived with us and eventually passed away in our home. She was a fortunate woman to be able to spend her last days in a safe and familiar place surrounded by family and all that was important to her. Not everyone has that security in their final years. Another influence for this song comes from a Circuit Riding Preacher, Dan Boyd, who dreams of building a home for old cowboys.

ABIDE

Lead Vocal:  Almeda Bradshaw
Harmony Vocals: Judy Coder & Jennifer Epps "Notable Exceptions"
Piano:  Brady Goss
Violin, Viola, Cello:  Brook Wallace Deaton   
Upright Bass:  Aden Bubeck
Cymbals:  Josh Rodgers

This is another song written during the years I took care of Elaine, 2008-2013. Caring for an elderly family member was not easy and I often found myself in an impatient rush and later dealing with feelings of guilt for not giving more time to Elaine. In Abide, I also reflect upon the loss of cowboy singer Curly Musgrave in 2009 and how important it is to not lose the songs and stories of the people who preserve and promote western culture.

DANCES WITH BULLS

Lead Vocal:  Almeda Bradshaw
Electric Lead & Rhythm Guitar:  Rocky Gribble
Electric Bass:  Aden Bubeck
Drums:  Josh Rodgers

I met Ed Nusselhof in 2009 when he served as a judge during the first National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo I entered. Through the course of that weekend, he heard me sing songs from my, as yet unrecorded, Voices From the Range album. He was impressed enough with my work of adapting Rhoda Sivell's poetry to music to give me a poem of his to put to music. The subject of the poem was masculine and after I sent Ed an mp3 of my song idea, he emailed me back saying, "I was looking for something with a bit more testosterone." I had a good laugh over that and thought to myself, "Good grief! Then why did you give it to me??" Anyway, I have tried to record my adaptation of Ed's poem with as much testosterone as possible! I asked Aarom to make it sound like something that could open a PBR event!

MY PALOMINO PONY AND ME

Lead Vocal:  Almeda Bradshaw
Fiddles:  Brook Wallace Deaton
Trombone:  Gregory Waits
Rhythm Guitar:  Kristyn Harris
Upright Bass:  Drew Phelps
Drums:  Andrew Griffith

I wrote this song in February 2018 after a particularly stressful string of life events. It was still cold and bleak outside, much like I felt within myself, and looking out the window one day, I saw my horse, Sonny, slip and slog through the half-thawed corral mud. He was a depressing winter mess of long dirty hair and I decided I needed to write something cheerful.

IF I HAD A HORSE

Lead & Harmony Vocals:  Almeda Bradshaw
Lead & Rhythm Flat Top Guitars:  Rocky Gribble
Mandolin:  David "Strummer" Sawyer
Upright Bass:  Aden Bubeck
Drums:  Josh Rodgers

This song celebrates the unique relationship humans are privileged to experience with horses. The cowboy could never have become the central iconic figure of the west without his steed. And I, like so many who have had their lives enriched by the West and its horses, am deeply grateful for the blessings that Fog, Black Jack, Willy, Sonny and Benz have brought to me throughout my life.