2013 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best New Artist Award – Uphill From Anywhere.
Singer, songwriter and harmonica player Brad Hatfield is a Cincinnati, Ohio blues artist. Born from the blood of a blues man, he’s been bathed in the blues since birth. He picked up the guitar at the age of 10. But at the age of 25, his tragedy to triumph story began. After being seriously injured in a construction accident, he was left paralyzed. Because of the limited use of his hands due to paralysis, playing guitar was now a thing of the past. After a lengthy rehabilitation to get the most out of his body and mind, he was now in search of another instrument to channel his creative outlet. The harmonica became that instrument. Although he didn’t start playing harmonica until his early 30′s, he has now achieved a skill level enviable of most lifelong blues harp players.
Adding to his skill set, and arguably more notable than his harp playing, is his incredibly soulful voice. He has the stuff that blue-eyed soul legends are made of. He is often compared to the likes of Johnny Lang, Bobby Bland and Joe Cocker.
Now with his new CD, “Uphill from Anywhere“, he’s ready to show the world what they’ve been missing. Backed by a seasoned group of veterans, the album reveals many facets of the blues. Drawing from his vocal inspirations, Brad delivers one growling, soulful performance after another. From the riff driven downbeat of the opening track “Witness to My Misery”, to the haunting a cappella field holler closing track “John the Revelator”, there’s something here for all types of blues fans and beyond. Blues lovers will be proud to tell their friends that they found him first.