Earlier this Summer, we got the chance to sit down with Canadian country artist Brad James at the 2018 Boots & Hearts Music Festival. Our own Scott Edwards talked to Brad about his experience performing at the festival and his new music.
He was one of the competitors at this year’s Emerging Artist Showcase at the festival. After hearing his set at the festival, it’s not hard to tell why he was selected as one of the competitors this year. He has such a great stage presence, and such a fantastic voice. It’s an absolute pleasure to experience him on stage.
We met up with Brad James at the end of his set backstage at the Silverado Stage. It was a little noisy, but that didn’t stop Scott and Brad from having a great time, and catching up. Watch the interview, and read the transcript below.
Interview With Brad James and Scott Edwards
SCOTT: Hey we’re on the front porch my name’s Scott Edwards, Brad James is with us, how’s it going?
BRAD: Great I just finished playing, had two shows here at Boots & Hearts it’s been an awesome weekend so far, how are you?
SCOTT: So good, so good. So you literally just got off stage, the Silverado stage how, and you were doing the emerging artist showcase earlier, what’s the crowd like here at Boots?
BRAD: Crazy! Yah, it’s my first time here at Boots & Hearts, the sheer number of people and the organization of this whole thing is mind blowing.
SCOTT: It’s a well-oiled machine
BRAD: It really is! It really, really is! I came back here last night for the Dallas Smith and Florida Georgia Line, FGL show and just the amount of people was mind blowing! It’s crazy! So, it’s so cool to be here opening it up, and hopefully to be back next year, fingers crossed!
SCOTT: Knock on wood! So, what was your favourite thing about the show last night?
BRAD: Uhh, Energy? The buzz, the view of the crowd, everything. It’s just one of the things that drives us, right? It’s like you see that, and it makes it a goal to do stuff like that. I mean I’m lucky that I played to the Front Porch, and the Silverado Stage, but over to the main stage as well.
SCOTT: When Florida Georgia Line’s up there performing, do you, like envision yourself up there beside them, or do you just see yourself up on that stage?
BRAD: Uh, Yah. Just my own personal vision of me and my band and us playing up there and rocking out.
SCOTT: And what’s does that look like?
BRAD: It’s pretty damn cool. I Cannot lie.
BRAD: Funny you should ask! We are actually dropping a song called “I Love the Way You Drink” on August 27th so I’m looking forward to that. It’s pretty self-evident from what the title is, so I hope you guys will hear it soon, and I hope you like it.
BRAD: Yep, the website is BradJamesMusic.com check me out there, my dates are all there, bio, features, all that stuff, and the usual suspects for social media, Twitter and all that stuff.
SCOTT: Will we see you at the CCMAs this Fall?
BRAD: Yah man, I can literally walk down the street,
SCOTT: Oh, so close!
BRAD: I live that close! So, it’s a lot better than flying to wherever.
SCOTT: They’re in Hamilton this year, right?
BRAD: Absolutely! Actually, you know we’re doing a lot of shows that week to coincide with the CCMAs so look on my website, those will all be listed: Where, when, we’re doing a CD release on the Wednesday night at the CCMAs so if you’re in town, come check it out, we would love to see you guys
SCOTT: Brad James with us on the Front Porch under the Silverado Stage, I got to say this is the nicest front porch we’ve been in, so thank you!
BRAD: Yah, a place to keep cool!
SCOTT: Yah totally, thanks so much for tuning in!
About Brad James
Brad works and lives as a full time musician in the Hamilton area. He has been “paying his dues” at a punishing rate of over 200 shows a year. Brad is ready to go to the next level and it looks like 2018 is the year of the next step as he continually writes, and records new material with many of Canada’s biggest names. His brand new album produced by CCMA Producer of the year Carly McKillip is due to be released in the next few weeks. Brad wrote or co-wrote half the album. He has opened for artists such as Terri Clark, Road Hammers, Aaron Pritchett, Big and Rich, Emerson Drive, Chad Brownlee, Jess Moskaluke and Tim Hicks. Brad has his current single at radio called “All Day Long”. It’s available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.
Cover image by Khole Photography
In country music, the Front Porch has long been a place of reflection. A place where you can look at the life you have inside that front door. A place where time almost seems to stand still, where you can get away. It’s also a place where you can go to observe the world as it passes by you. To think about your place out there beyond the driveway.