Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bad Brad "Poor Man Ain't Got a Chance"

Bad Brad "Poor Man Ain't Got a Chance"

Alabama Music goes to Rogue Tavern in downtown Birmingham, Alabama to attend a performance by Bad Brad and The Sipsey.

Brad Guin is a phenomenal saxophone player who has been hitting the stage and studio with some of the biggest names in the music industry since the ripe age of 17 when he performed with The Four Tops and The Temptations in France.

Between then and now, he has been a saxophone player for: Greg Allman, Bobby Blue Band, B.B. King, The Ojays, Clarence Carter, Little Milton, Tony Joe White, Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock of Derek & The Dominos, T. Graham Brown, Percy Sledge, Johnny Taylor, Dennis Locorriere of Dr. Hook, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Martha & The Vandellas, Jim Neighbors, The Muscle Shoals Horns, Travis Wammack, Cornell Dupree, Freddy Hart, Dennis Edwards, The Alabama Music Hall of Fame Induction Band. Guin has also been employed by Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and FAME Studios as a session player and arranger.

Guin has graced dozens of the most famed stages across the world, such as the Austin City Limits, The Apollo Theater, all The Blue Note Jazz Clubs in Japan, House of Blues across the U.S. and even Aretha Franklin's house for her birthday party one year. As a side man for major acts, he has played nearly every major theater and festival in the country.

To say Guin is a seasoned professional is like saying Mike Tyson is halfway decent boxer. He now adds to his list of accomplishments his first album as a producer.

Guin decided in 2011 to take his vast experience and start his own band, Bad Brad & The Sipsey Slims. All songs of the debut album "Slim Pickins" are written and co-written by Guin. And to the shock and awe of his friends and colleagues, he can really sing, which is something he had never done before and his own family didn't know he could. His voice is now being compared to the likes of Al Green, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Jimmy Hughes, Eddie Hinton and Sam Moore. Nobody is more surprised than him.

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