"Almeda Bradshaw is one of the "hidden treasures" of contemporary Western music. Great singer/songwriter and picker. You need to check out more of her work!"
Jim Jones, award winning Western songwriter & author https://jimjoneswestern.com/
Almeda is an engaging entertainer sharing the west from a western heart. Her clear alto voice lends nuance to the stories in her songs. Whether spoken or sustained, with gusto or gentle grit, Almeda's singing and narration captures folks of all ages as does her flat pick guitar playing. With a compelling stage presence of wit and charm, history and trivia, humor and a humble spirit, Almeda knows she's but a vessel for the songs she delivers and her repeated invitations to perform is testimony to the quality she brings to her shows.
One of Montana’s talented Western entertainers, you will hear this gal's love and appreciation for the cowboy way in her original and classic songs of the west. She claims she had to move east to find the west and Almeda's been writing about that migration in poetry and song ever since. With over twenty years of performing at cowboy gatherings and such, you're going to enjoy..... Almeda Bradshaw.
One of Montana’s talented Western entertainers, Almeda’s love and appreciation for the cowboy way comes through in heartfelt expressions of the west. Her clear vocals, compelling stage presence and accomplished musicianship guaranteed this artist to be an audience favorite.
Almeda raised her family in north central Montana along with showing performance horses, finishing hogs, running 150 mother cows and operating a seed and feed business. She and her husband, former Marlboro Man, Merritt Bradshaw, now live on the Yellowstone River in Huntley, Montana where he trains rope horses and she manages everything else!
A multi-instrumentalist, Almeda studied violin, cello and piano through college, has a BA in Elementary Education and is self-taught on the guitar, mandolin and banjo She has taught dozens of students of all ages to play stringed instruments through her former studio, A ROOM FOR MUSIC, in Big Sandy, MT
As a member of Humanities Montana, Almeda presents a series of programs on the history of women in country music that include:
THE IMPORTANCE OF HER VOICE: Song in the Lives of Mountain Women
INTO THE SUNSET: The Forgotten Cowgirl Singers
HOMES & HONKY TONKS: Post-WWII Women in Country Music
Learn more here: http://www.humanitiesmontana.org/programs/mtconversations_catalog.php?cat=SB
Almeda has written poetry, journals and songs since her teen years and has been performing at cowboy gatherings throughout the west for over two decades. She has produced the following:
VOICES FROM THE RANGE Almeda Sings the Poetry of Rhoda Sivell (2010)
A WAY OF HEART: The Big Sandy Years (2010)
LOVERS, WIVES & MOTHERS: A Western Woman's Voice (2015)
BRISKLY VENTURE, BRISLKY ROAM: The Ballad of Yellowstone Kelly (2018)
F I HAD A HORSE (2021)
WESTERN FAITH (Scheduled for future release)
1650 Nahmis Ave. Huntley, MT 59037
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2018 AWA WESTERN FEMALE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION
2017 WMA SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINATION - Larry Dever Did, TRIBUTE
2017 AWA ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION – Lovers, Wives & Mothers
2016 WMA SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINATION – Heavenly Here With You, Lovers, Wives & Mothers
2016 COWBOY IDOL WINNER – COLUMBIA RIVER COWBOY GATHERING, Kennewick, WA
#2 ALBUM – WMA RADIO CHART Lovers, Wives & Mothers for 6 months
#10 ALBUM - WMA RADIO CHART Lovers, Wives & Mothers for 6 months
#2 & #6 TOP TEN SONGS – WMA RADIO CHART Heavenly Here with You, Colors in the Rain
2016 SPUR AWARD NOMINATION WESTERN WRITERS of AMERICA, Song of the Year for Parker Eyes of Blues.
2015 PROFESSIONAL DIVISION CHAMPION - WMA WESTERN WORDSMITH CHAPTER Poetry Jackpot
2012 AWA NOMINATION - A Way of Heart: The Big Sandy Years - Academy of Western Artists Cowboy Poetry Album of the Year
2011 Voices From The Range - #15 on the WMA RADIO CHART of Top 20 Western Albums
2011 RISING STAR FINALIST - Kamloops Cowboy Festival, Kamloops, BC
2011 2ND PLACE SERIOUS POET- National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Kanab, UT-
2010 PEOPLE'S CHOICE MUSICIAN - Lee Earl Memorial Cowboy Gathering, Lewiston, ID
2010 Voices From The Range - Spent seven months on Joe Baker’s Back-forty Bunkhouse chart of Top 20 Western Albums
2010 BEST OF 2010 - Song The Range Call made Stan Howe’s Best of 2010 Montana Public Radio’s Bunkhouse & Honky Tonk Folk Show
2009 ROOKIE - Made the finals in 3 of 4 events and placed in the money in Serious Reciting - National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Montrose, CO