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Song Premiere: Darrin Bradbury Finds Humor in the Hard Times on 'Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs'

Danielle Holbert

Darrin Bradbury gets philosophical on his new song "Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs," the title track to his forthcoming album, which was produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids.

The song finds Bradbury ruminating on the inner thoughts of pets and the mysterious origins of the microwave. Fans of John Prine, Steve Goodman and other lyricists who're as quick-witted as they are hilarious will find a kinship with Bradbury.

"This particular song inadvertently serves as a sorta thesis statement for the whole record, which probably would've been more aptly titled '12 Very Short Songs About The Most Uneventful Day of Your Week: The Science of Letdowns'," Bradbury tells Wide Open Country. "I've always found microwaves fascinating. Basically, what you're doing is subjecting your food to mild amounts of non-ionizing radiation in order to cook something somebody killed and covered with cheese faster. Furthermore and suspiciously enough, this technology came to us around the same time as the Atom Bomb -- the legwork of which was done by either the Nazis or Aliens depending on which Reddit thread you subscribe to.  So you gotta ask ya self, is that burrito you just 'nuked' really worth the cost it took to get there?"

Listen to "Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs" below.

Talking Dogs and Atom Bombs was recorded in Nashville and features Jeremy Ivey, Alex Munoz and Dillon Napier and Margo Price, who joins Bradbury for "The Trouble With Time."

"To be able to see the humor in the hard things in life has always been my goal," Bradbury says in a press release. "I think the point of the songs is to make you feel better. Hopefully it's the kind of record that if things are going really wrong in your life, it would be there for you in a way that you're like, 'Man, I'm glad this thing exists because it gets me.'"

Talking Dogs and Atom Bombs is available for pre-order here.

Darrin Bradbury Tour Dates:

September 10-15 - Nashville, TN - AMERICANAFEST
September 30 - Baltimore, MD - Creative Alliance at the Patterson (with John Moreland)
October 1 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere (with John Moreland)

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