"Brad, undoubtedly has the fastest fingers in the east. I have never, never, ever seen fingers fly up and down the neck of a guitar at this sort of break-neck speed.” (Dian Hall, Music Director of Union Hall)
This speed, dexterity, and prowess has propelled guitarist Brad Hammonds to success: Brad's music has been featured on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, Animal Planet, “The Mindy Project,” “Revenge,” and “VH1,” among others.
Plenty of intensity drives the all-instrumental masterwork of Brad Hammonds, who combines Spanish-influenced jazz, French-tinged dance reels, roots, rock and neo-folk. He has performed hundreds of shows across the country, including NYC venues such as The Blue Note, The Symphony Space, The Living Room, Joe’s Pub, The Whitney Museum, BAM Café, SXSW and was voted one of WNYC's “Soundcheck's Best Live Performances.” Brad has toured professionally for years throughout the country playing college and universities, theaters, cafes, art houses and house concerts; Brad has toured internationally as well. Brad recently signed a record deal to Guitarmonk in India.
In addition to solo performances, Brad performs with two New-York-based music groups: Hannah Gill and After Hours. Brad has been studying jazz for the last 10 years currently serves as the musical director and guitarist of the swing/jazz band After Hours. After Hours plays every Sunday at Caffe Vivaldi in the village and around the city. The band seamlessly incorporates elements of Dixieland, swing, Parisian cabaret, and gut bucket blues into one alluring musical performance, creating a world where jazz is alive and well in New York City.
With Hannah Gill, their cover of “Take Me to Church” was called “brilliant” by VH1, and his song “I Feel Awake” with Hannah Gill won the mtvU Freshmen contest—beating out competitors such as Sheppard.
Brad's unique sound and incomparable skill has won him enthusiastic reviews. His music has been known to contain "dazzling fretwork" in which "[r]hythmic momentum never wanes and the resonant bass-cello-percussion instrumentation expands on Hammonds’ warm, full tone as he and a superb ensemble wend their way through Celtic reels, acoustic rock, bluegrass, swingy jazz — often within one riff-studded composition" (Pasadena Weekly).