Almeda Bradshaw bringing Western roots music to the Pearl

Those who appreciate the roots of country music are in for a treat as Almeda Bradshaw brings her guitar, humor and amazing voice to the Pearl Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30. In addition, she brings a love of the West, having grown up on the Oregon coast but now making her home in Huntley, Montana.

One of Montana’s most 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.
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.

Almeda grew up listening to her dad’s lp collection of big bands, the Boston Pops and classical orchestra music until an eye-popping epiphany happened while watching the Beatles’ American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Though classically trained through college on piano and cello, her musical alter-ego was fed through the guitar which she taught herself to play at age 13. It was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Circle” album that turned her on to the flat picking style of Mother Maybelle Carter.

Though covers of Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac and others from the 60s and 70s took over her teenage years, Almeda later returned to the heart of her musical soul in Western Americana/Roots Music, an eclectic mix of cowboy, bluegrass, old-time, folk and spirituals. There she remains.

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.

Tickets are $5 for students under age 18 and $12 for adults, available at Bonners Books, Mountain Mike’s or online at Brown Paper Tickets

Doors and the Pearl Café open at 6 p.m. To learn more, call (208) 610-2846.

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