The MFA Program at Ashland University welcomes singer-songwriter Brady Earnhart to the 2010 Summer Residency Friday, July 30 at 7 p.m. The performance will be held in the Ronk Lecture Hall, Schar College of Education. This event is free and open to the public.
Over the past 10 years Brady has built a steadily growing audience throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Acoustic Guitar magazine's Elizabeth Papapetrou called his 1998 debut After You "one of the ten best contemporary folk CD's of the 1990s."
C-ville Weekly music critic Keith Morris describes Brady's new work Manalapan as "a fully realized, mature album . . . the most subtly poetic, skillfully crafted, and all-inclusively human stuff I've heard in years." Named for a tiny south Florida snorkeling destination, Manalapan extends the emotional landscape of the earlier album with a new series of character-driven stories set off by innovative arrangements of strings, horns, and guitars.
Manalapan was one of 5 finalists in the 2004 Outmusic Awards for Outstanding New Recording - Male. (The award ended up going to Rufus Wainwright, sigh.)
Brady's song "Gargoyle" won the gold medal in the folk category of the 2002 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. In June 2002, Brady's live recording of his own "Car Repair" aired on NPR's Car Talk. Three Earnhart performances appear on King of My Living Room, a live showcase released in 2001 that also features fellow central Virginia singer-songwriters Jan Smith, Danny Schmidt, Nickeltown, Stratton Salidis and Lance Brenner.
Brady is a 2002 Mountain Stage New Song Festival Finalist and has performed at places like The Prism, Starr Hill, Jammin' Java, Acoustic Charlottesville, Acoustic Muse, the Shenandoah Coffeehouse Series, and the Florida Folk Festival. Originally from Delray Beach, FL, he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa and a PhD in American Literature from UVA. In addition to his songwriting and performing, he has taught creative writing in upstate New York schools, English as a Second Language in the Basque Country, and (currently) American Literature at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.