The Band

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Through groove, improv and raw, unadulterated emotion, Bradley/McGillivray Blues take the blues and turn it on its head. They play with authenticity, whether an uptown jazz shuffle, gritty Mississippi blues, or New Orleans funk. Influenced by artists like Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Janis Joplin and Etta James, they showcase an impressive repertoire of original music and signature covers.

The band’s been together since 1999, blending blues, jazz, Motown and gospel into their own hip brand of soul.  Ruth’s knock-you-flat vocals are nicely balanced by Sheldon’s tasteful, understated guitar, and the whole sound is rounded out by an inventive rhythm section featuring bassist Paul Freeman, and drummer Hoto.

There’s no gimic or hype in a Bradley/McGillivray show–just smokin’ music, passionate delivery, and cool tunes. Ruth’s voice will send shivers up your spine and make those little hairs stand up on the back of your neck. And Sheldon’s grin when he drops country twang in a blues ballad, or latin-jazz in an old rock cover will make you realize there’s not much the guy can’t play.  They’re a band of music lovers for an audience of music lovers.

The band’s debut CD, River of Soul, was released in September 2003 and featured their first collection of original material. It received critical acclaim, 4-star reviews, and a nomination in the Jazz/Blues category of the Shai Awards. Their second CD, Livin’ This Way, was released in 2008. Produced in Vancouver, B.C. by award-winning producer Bill Buckingham, Living’ This Way features nine original tunes, a unique, signature version of Tennessee Waltz, and an interpretation of Piece of My Heart of which Tom Harrison of the Vancouver Province said Ruth “makes the song her own”.  Both Canadian Musician and Real Blues Magazine cited Livin’ This Way as “one of the best Canadian blues albums of 2008.”

Their third album, Snapshot, featuring blues, funk and soul classics peppered with Bradley/McGillivray signature twists, will be commercially available in early 2017.

 

Our Peeps

People Get Ready // The Bradley McGillivray Blues - Snapshot
  1. People Get Ready // The Bradley McGillivray Blues - Snapshot
  2. That’s What Love Will Make You Do // The Bradley McGillivray Blues - Snapshot
  3. Come On In My Kitchen // The Bradley McGillivray Blues - Snapshot
  4. Don’t Try To Explain // The Bradley McGillivray Blues - Snapshot
  5. You Can’t Always Get What You Want // The Bradley McGillivray Blues - Snapshot
  6. You’re No Good // The Bradley McGillivray Blues - Snapshot
  7. Fine And Mellow // The Bradley McGillivray Blues - Snapshot
  8. Chain of Fools // The Bradley McGillivray Blues - Snapshot
  9. I’d Rather Go Blind // The Bradley McGillivray Blues - Snapshot
  10. I Can’t Hold Out // The Bradley McGillivray Blues - Snapshot