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Bradbury writes about the way things really are in America – a singular perspective shaped by a natural gift for storytelling, a lingering battle with depression, and a sly sense of humor. A self-described folk satirist who has toured the country for more than a decade, Bradbury collects his oddball observations in Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs, his first album for ANTI- Records, which was produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids.

Bradbury has toured throughout 2019 in support of Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs; he has just finished a run of US dates with Cory Branan, and this week begins his UK dates alongside Jarrod Dickenson. A second date (now also sold-out) at London’s Cavendish Arms was added for this Friday, 22nd November, due to the show at the same venue on the 29th selling out on release.

“In the writing of this album, what was important to me was that the song was over when the thought was over. It wasn’t about having to fill a certain amount of space,” Bradbury says. “If I’m not motivated to say anything more about this particular thing, I won’t force it. I would rather have a minute-and-a-half song that I felt conveyed something unique.”

22/11 – London, UK – The Cavendish Arms – SOLD OUT
23/11 – Broadhempston, UK – Broadhempston Village Church
24/11 – Shrewsbury, UK – Henry Tudor House – SOLD OUT
25/11 – Manchester, UK – Gullivers – SOLD OUT
27/11 – Halifax, UK – The Lantern – SOLD OUT
28/11 – Norwich, UK – The Waterfront – SOLD OUT
29/11 – London, UK – The Cavendish Arms – SOLD OUT
30/11 – Liverpool, UK – Prohibition Recording Studios – SOLD OUT
1/12 – Glasgow, UK – The Blue Arrow – SOLD OUT
2/12 – Edinburgh, UK – The Voodoo Rooms – SOLD OUT
3/12 – Newcastle, UK – The Cluny 2
5/12 – Bristol, UK – Rough Trade Bristol
7/12 – Belfast, UK – Ulster Sports Club – SOLD OUT

Remaining tickets available at: darrinbradbury.com

“I try to write things that make me chuckle, and that chuckling is usually making peace with the existential dilemma of both the times and life in general,” Nashville singer and storyteller Darrin Bradbury says of his music. “A lot of times, it’s like a challenge. It is like, ‘All right, I’m starting this song off about squirrels, comparing them to Romeo and Juliet. Can I bring this sucker home? Can I make that idea work?’”

While performing he’s seen the audience wondering the exact same thing – Is this guy going to pull this off? Bradbury compares the on-stage experience to standup comedy, where he carries the audience through to the relief point. Bradbury has released “The Life of an Opener”, a new documentary short film (shot by Curtis Wayne Millard) that showcases just that – a live performance for chuckling audiences of his new album’s title track, “Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs”, and the song “Hell’s More or Less the Same”. Filmed at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall while opening for The Milk Carton Kids, watch the short film HERE. Listen to “Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs” HERE.

Praise for “Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs”:

“We need more albums and more songsmiths like this.”
– Folk Radio UK

“Darrin is really funny and is also kind of dark in his songs. He deals with depression and doesn’t shy away at all from serious themes and from being very emotionally forthright about the dark places the heart can go. The humor is so beautifully rendered; he can be very surreal in his lyrics.”
– Ann Powers, NPR All Songs Considered

“A keen eye, a dark sense of humour, and a talent for turning a phrase”
– Americana UK

“…countrified talking blues, oddball folk, and black humor, with some stoner-worthy philosophy about the origins of microwaves tossed into the pot.”
– Rolling Stone

“Darrin Bradbury spins magic, both dark and light, out of the mundane… ‘Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs’ almost never acquiesces to hopelessness without finding some little twist of humor or moment of wonder to relish.”
– No Depression

“‘Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs’ is a master class in songwriting, blending together the winking humor of John Prine, the wit and jaunty melodies of Randy Newman and the immersive storytelling of today’s best narrative podcasts.”
– Nashville Scene

“This collection of songs feels complete; all fluff gone, only gold left…the pinnacle of songwriting achievement. ‘Talking Dogs and Atom Bombs’ is the record America needs now.”
– Americana Highways

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