Almeda Bradshaw

almeda-bradshawAlmeda Bradshaw is one of Montana’s talented Western singer/songwriters. Her love and appreciation for the cowboy life comes through in heartfelt expressions of the west. A life time of writing and music places Almeda’s work above the ordinary, and her clear vocals, compelling stage presence and musicianship guarantee her to be an audience favorite.

Almeda raised her family in north central Montana along with raising and showing performance horses, running 150 mother cows and operating a seed and feed business. She now helps train AQHA performance horses with her husband, former Marlboro Man, Merritt Bradshaw, on the Yellowstone River in Huntley, Montana.

A multi-instrumentalist, Almeda studied violin, cello and piano through college, has a BA in Elementary Education and is self-taught on the mandolin and guitar. She has taught dozens of students of all ages to play stringed instruments..

Almeda has written poetry, journals and songs since her teen years and has been performing at cowboy gatherings throughout the west for two decades. She has produced four albums of original songs and poetry, Voices From the Range: Almeda Sings the Poetry of Rhoda Sivell;  A Way of Heart: The Big Sandy Years; Lovers, Wives and Mothers: A Western Woman’s Voice and her recent release, Tribute. Almeda’s next album WESTERN FAITH: Songs of Testimony is in pre-production.

 

RECOGNITION

  • 2017 WMA SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINATION: Larry Dever Did
  • 2017 #2 & #4 TOP TEN SONGS Cowboy, Larry Dever Did
  • 2017 AWA ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION: Lovers, Wives & Mothers: A Western Woman’s Voice
  • 2016 WMA SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINATION: Heavenly Here with You
  • 2016 COWBOY IDOL WINNER – COLUMBIA RIVER COWBOY GATHERING, Kennewick, WA
  • #2 ALBUM – WESTERN MUSIC CHART Lovers, Wives & Mothers
  • #2 & #6 TOP TEN SONGS – WESTERN MUSIC CHART Heavenly Here with You, Colors in the Rain
  • 2016 WWA SPUR AWARD NOMINATION WESTERN WRITERS of AMERICA, Song of the Year for Parker Eyes of Blues.
  • 2015 PROFESSIONAL DIVISION CHAMPION – WMA WESTERN WORDSMITH CHAPTER Poetry Jackpot
  • 2012 AWA NOMINATION – A Way of Heart: The Big Sandy Years – Academy of Western Artists Cowboy Poetry Album of the Year
  • 2011 Voices From The Range – #15 on the Western Music Association chart of Top 20 Western Albums
  • 2011 RISING STAR FINALIST – Kamloops Cowboy Festival, Kamloops, BC
  • 2011 2ND PLACE SERIOUS POET- National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Kanab, UT
  • 2010 PEOPLE’S CHOICE MUSICIAN – Lee Earl Memorial Cowboy Gathering, Lewiston, ID
  • 2010 Voices From The Range Spent seven months on Joe Baker’s Backforty Bunkhouse chart of Top 20 Western Albums
  • 2010 BEST OF 2010 – Song The Range Call made Stan Howe’s Best of 2010 Montana Public Radio’s Bunkhouse & Honkytonk Folkshow
  • 2009 ROOKIE – Made the finals in 3 of 4 events and placed in the money in Serious Reciting – National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Montrose, CO

 

WHAT SOME FOLKS HAVE SAID……

“Her guitar playing was masterful and her voice angelic. The audience was spellbound.”
-Allen & Jill Kirkham, WMA Colorado Chapter Showcase, August 2015


“Your voice is amazing. It touches something inside me that’s hard to explain……..like seeing a painting that really speaks to you.”
-Jerry Paxton, Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering, Encampment, WY  July 2009

“She is amazing! Wonderful voice, great stage presence and amazing heartfelt songs.”
Audience member – www.flikr.com  23rd Annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Medora, ND  May 2009

“I think you are quite good………a good singer and a good composer.”
-Gary McMahan, www.singingcowboy.com 2010

“Your voice is delightful and O so GOOD.”
-Don Decker, Old West Coffee Company 2010

“GREAT music! A ‘must have’ for anyone who loves COWBOY music!”
-Ralph Hampton, Ralph’s Back Porch internet radio 2010

“Smooth-voiced balladeer…..a noteworthy debut performance….has created some fine new songs….”
-Rick Huff’s review of VOICES FROM THE RANGE, The Western Way , 2010

“You’re one of the best at delivering poetry I’ve ever heard.”
-Marvin O’Dell, Around the Campfire, Veteran Soldier’s Radio referring to “A Way of Heart: The Big Sandy Years”  2011

“Almeda, family and friends are still talking about the great music at the family reunion on July 4th last summer.”
-Ed May, July 2012, Satisfied Customer, www.linkedin.com/pub/edward-may/27/b69/ab5

 

REVIEW of LOVERS, WIVES & MOTHERS

Almeda Bradshaw’s focus and passion show through in all of her projects.  Add in her songwriting, vocal, and musical talents, and her albums stand far above the ordinary.  Painstaking  production care is evident throughout.  Love, hurt, history, and truth are represented in this fine collection.”
-Margo Metegrano, Bar D Ranch Review, www.cowboypoetry.com November, 2015

 “Also, Almeda’s originals are top notch, so whether you measure by content or performance, this stands as her best release to date.”
-Rick Huff, WMA Western Way Magazine, Winter 2016

 “Marvelous new album by Almeda Bradshaw……”
-Miguel Angel Diaz Gonzales, When the Cowboy Sings Radio, Spain, March 2016

 “Five Cowboy Hats!”
Lillies Ohlsson, Western Swing & Texas Music Review, Smallands Country Club, Sweden,  March 2016