The story of Brad Alford
Kentucky recording artist and winner of the Jim Beam national talent search in Nashville.
Brad Alford is a Kentucky-born singer/songwriter/guitarist whose life has been totally focused on his passion for music. From early on, Brad knew what he would be doing with his life, playing his guitar and singing anywhere, anytime there was an audience, no matter how big or small. Brad was given his first guitar when he was only 6 years old at Christmas by his mother Alice and was playing soon after following in the foot steps of father Jim Alford who had also been a successful singer. His first public performance was in his senior year of high school in 1983 with bandmembers Lovell Stevens, Frank Allen and Kyle Williams starting what would be a long list of performances thereafter. Brad Joined the Blackwater band in 1987 performing all over the state of KY at Various club venues leading up to a nationwide tour through the remainder of the 1980's through the early 1990's. Upon his return from the road Brad decided to pursue a solo career and entered the club scene back in KY. It wasn’t long before success followed. Brad and his band (Saddletramp) became one of the most sought acts in Kentucky and Tennessee, Brad had signed a management contract with David Lee Entertainment in Nashville coached and developed by manager Suzie Pennington eventually winning the Jim Beam National Talent Search hosted by the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Bread was selected as the eventual winner out of what started as a field of 500 nationally. Brad gained national recognition and appeared in several national music publications, including Billboard magazine and Country Music Weekly. In 1996 Brad’s debut CD, Some Things Were Meant to Be, was released on Vision Records. The album was produced by Exile singer and front man J. P. Pennington featuring 2 songs Pennington had written with Brad. Soon after Brad acquired many dedicated new fans and was headlining shows and making numerous television and radio appearances. With the new millennium came Brad’s entrance into the business world. He used his local popularity to launch one of the most successful night clubs in the nation, the Cadillac Ranch, in Lexington, Kentucky. A couple of years later, he opened the Sterling Saloon in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and went on to start a third club, B.A.’s Nashville Station in Winchester,Kentucky. Following several years of success in 2010 his venues started to decline along with the nations struggling economy and not long after all three would fail an close. Tasting success but now feeling defeated and hopeless Brad took the band back out playing club venues all over the country again. Although he had two albums to his credit with Vision Records he was never able to reach nationally known status with the exception of the Jim Beam Country Caravan win. Brad now resides in his hometown of Frenchburg, KY where he has a recording studio and continues to write and record. He will release a new album projected to be available by the end of 2019. He continues to perform primarily at venues within the state of KY and spending time with his 3 sons Austin, Dustin and Logan Alford. QUOTE: I will never stop playing singing and producing music. Its really not a choice but something that I was put here to do !!.
Brad Alford maintains a strong presence on the internet and has his music available for purchase there. Living a comfortable life in Frenchburg, KY the place that he loves most and helping other artists develop their music.