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Fans of Gram Parsons’ effect on the Byrds will find warm familiarity with the concept of folk rockers going twangy. But 1968’s Bradley’s Barn actually sounds more akin to Monkee Michael Nesmith’s pioneering recordings with the First National Band. They cut Bradley’s Barn in Music City enlisting A-list guns like Jerry Reed on guitar, bassist Norbert Putnam and drummer Kenneth A. Buttrey almost a year before Dylan rolled tape on Nashville Skyline with the same guys. “Turn Around” opens with a resonator guitar picking and sliding over mellifluous acoustic arpeggios as sunny bumpkin lyrics add pastoral poetry — the tune was even covered by the Everly Brothers on their own 1968 country-rock album Roots. The catchy “Deep Water” proved to be another standout with its vibraphone touches and tinges of chamber pop contrasting nicely with rootsy Americana instruments. And while the implementation of a string section on “Cherokee Girl” makes for the prettiest number; their take on Randy Newman’s “Bless You California” is an awesome way to bookend an album.

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"Bless You, Beau Brummels!"

"Turn Around" and give a listen to to this long-lost LP! With such heavyweights as Bob Dylan and The Byrds "Going Country" @1967-68; many other musicians tried to swim the "Deep Water" of Nashville and wound up being more like "The Loneliest Man In Town!" "Bradley's Barn" must have been a "barn-burner" of a recording session for the Beau Brummels! To have the very talented producer Lenny Waronker and the incredible "session cats" of Owen Bradley's own Nashville Studios at your disposal must have seemed like a "dream come true" to the young songwriters/singers Ron Elliot and Sal Valentino! Why, then; didn't "Bradley's Barn" sell as well as "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" or "Nashville Skyline"? It truly is a lost "Country-Rock" Classic! Chestnuts: Turn Around, Cherokee Girl & Jessica. If you are a fan of "Alt-Country", a "Little Bird" told me you should fly by this "Barn"! Grimmbo.

Why the BB's sucked

They lost the great rhythm guitarist Declan Mulligan. Period. Valentino and Elliot got egomaniacal and killed the core of what truly was a promisingly brilliant group. Proof of this fact is the mid-70's reunion where, indeed, Mulligan was recalled to the fold.


Formed: 1964 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

While they only had two big hits, the Beau Brummels were one of the most important and underrated American groups of the 1960s. They were the first U.S. unit of any sort to successfully respond to the British Invasion. They were arguably the first folk-rock group, even pre-dating the Byrds, and also anticipated some key elements of the San Francisco psychedelic sound with their soaring harmonies and exuberant melodies. Before they finally reached the end of the string, they were also among the first...
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