Finding Her Voice: Women in Early Country Music
May 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southbridge Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Jacob Edwards Library is pleased to host a concert by Berkshire-based roots musician Paula Bradley (vocals, guitar, banjo). Paula brings stories and songs of women in early country music, highlighting their often-overlooked contributions to America’s rich musical legacy to her performances.
A West Virginia-born multi-instrumentalist residing in the Berkshires, Paula Bradley has been involved in old-time and roots music for many years. Known for her strong, spirited vocals, she has toured (on banjo) with old-time darlings “Uncle Earl”; with old-time powerhouse Bruce Molsky (on guitar and banjo uke); and recorded and toured with Tony Trischka and Bruce as part of the acoustic roots trio “Jawbone”. She was also a founding member of the popular New England honkytonk combo (on piano and vocals) “Girl Howdy,” and with her late husband, Bill Dillof, “Moonshine Holler.” Currently, she leads her own popular honky tonk/country swing combo “Miss Paula & The Twangbusters” and pursues many musical side projects. Paula is also an on-demand traditional music instructor and has been on staff at music camps including Swannanoa Gathering, Mars Hill, Winter Village Music, Augusta and Ashokan.