Chad Bradford, “Mr. McBee” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

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Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Chad Bradford is in the process of completing his first album, and in the meantime he is posting select tracks on the internet from the upcoming record. Consistently positive feedback has granted the Dickson, Tennessee resident a healthy fan following, and his latest number, “Mr. McBee” (ChadBradfordMusic) is sure to attract even more admirers.

The inspiration behind “Mr. McBee” stems from a visit to the hospital. While waiting in the lobby for his mother, who had a doctor’s appointment, Chad Bradford spotted an elderly man. It’s a sad fact American society doesn’t provide proper care and attention to older people, and this fellow, cloaked in loneliness and neglect, instantly sparked a creative nerve.

Direct by a strong and steady rhythm, “Mr. McBee” is additionally enhanced by a shot of orchestral flourishes and a couple of brief and zippy guitar solos. Chad Bradford’s vocals, which are tinged with country inflections, flicker with melody, and the drumming is tight and grounded. Although the lyrical matter may be heart-breaking, “Mr. McBee” projects a punchy pop-rock tenor, pointing towards a song born for airplay.

Folks partial to the sounds and stylings of artists like Tom Petty, Ronnie Milsap, Elvis Costello, the Kinks, and the Rembrandts will definitely find much pleasure in this stirring and sensitive song, not to mention Chad Bradford’s highly anticipated debut album.

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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