Mitch Bradford is a contemporary artist who appreciates the warm minimalism of vintage folks and roots rock. Taking a page from the likes of Jackson Browne and Neil Young, his style is unvarnished, conversational, and from the heart. Ergo, it most certainly harkens back to an era many might view as far gone. His easy-going rambling has taken him far already, having collaborated with Grammy-winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Chris Isaak) on the writing and recording of his debut album. With Love is Kind on the way this October, For Folk’s Sake is eager and privileged to share Bradford’s new single, ‘Everybody Got Someone to Love (‘Cept You and Me)’.
The song is every bit as much of a romantic road song as his 60s and 70s influences might infer, echoing Bradford’s ties to Texas and California alike in its spacious and driving folk-rock sound. Albeit, he actually ended up finishing most of the song, which was “pseudo-inspired by the Beatles song, “Everybody Got Something to Hide ‘Cept for Me and My Monkey” in South America.
Bradford goes on to tell For Folk’s Sake, “I think the song is about desire and how often we don’t know how much we want something until we lose it. But I’m open to interpretations. It’s a fun song and we found this great organ-first groove in the studio.”
He continues, “There’s actually a mistake on the track. On the tag (at the very end), I’m supposed to sing the full line ‘Everybody Got Somebody to Love ‘Cept You and Me’ and instead (since I forgot) I sing only, `’Cept You and Me’`. The mistake turned out better than the line and I think that’s a perfect analogy for the song. We learn a lot from mistakes. Even in love.”