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Single Review: David Bradley featuring Rodney Crowell – ‘Hard Time Movin’ On’

In David Bradley’s debut single, the protagonist makes one of those late night calls -the kind that usually take the form of a sophisticated, modern mating call in country music.  Recent hits along these lines – ‘I May Hate Myself In The Morning’, ‘Need You Now’ – have proved the subject is still a meaty one.  But in Bradley’s case, it is neither fueled by alcohol, nor bred by sexual desire. His reasons for calling are even more unfortunate. Awakened by a dream, he dials up his former lover to ask the devastating question ‘Is there something you can say, to make your memory go away?’

Amid a light production, led mostly by a plucking dobro that adds to the melancholy mood, and a desolate melody, we follow the man’s ‘blistering’ heartbreak through his broken conversation.  Bradley’s urgent, edgy vocal is balanced nicely by Rodney Crowell’s high harmonies, which sound a bit in the distance.

An English-born former engineer for global oil companies, Bradley’s music has taken him from London to Siberia, before he finally settled in Nashville, where he’s been keeping heady company – Crowell certainly not the least among them.  This song comes from the pens of Music Row heavyweights Rivers Rutherford and Gordie Sampson.  If ‘Hard Time Movin’ On’ is any indication, like the company he’s keeping, Bradley seems poised to crank out many a great song himself.

Grade: A

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2 responses to “Single Review: David Bradley featuring Rodney Crowell – ‘Hard Time Movin’ On’

  1. bob March 9, 2011 at 8:22 am

    That’s a “wow” song – the kind you hear and just want to play again and again. Thanks. It’s the best new song I’ve heard in quite a while. I like the line about how he’s sorry if his call woke up her new love.

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