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Ernie’s roots began in Leesburg, Virginia. At age five under his grandfather’s (Ben Leith) and father’s (Clifton Leith) tutelage he started playing the five-string banjo. The first song he picked was “You Go To Your Church And I’ll Go to Mine”. Other influences in his musical career were Don Reno, Raymond Fairchild, Earl Scruggs and Jay Bartee.

Ernie developed his own style of picking early on and is now recognized as one of the finest bluegrass and country banjo pickers in the business. Having given award winning performances at the Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia state banjo championships and touring with the Grand Ole Opry on Tours (performing with many of the Opry stars), playing Renfrow Valley, Turner Music Theatre, Ernest Tubb Record Shop and Theatre in Nashville, performing for presidents and senators and many other venues up and down the east coast, Ernie has made quite a reputation in the music industry.

Although the banjo is his first instrument, he also shows his expertise with the guitar, bass, dobro, mandolin, fiddle, autoharp and vocals. He is an accomplished musician and is no stranger to the studio. Click on “Discography” and you will see some of his recordings. “Professor” Bradley has been teaching young and old to pick and sing for fifteen years. His students’ ages vary from four years to seventy-five years.

“Ernie Bradley and The Grassy Ridge Band” have been together since 1981. Before then he had other bands including “The Bluegrass Image” and “The Route 15 Express”; even one called ‘The Leith Brothers and The Country Diamonds” where the oldest member was only fourteen years old!

In his off hours, Ernie enjoys fishing, riding around on his 1951 Farmall cub tractor and going to tractor pulls. His companions include Bear, his longhaired miniature dachshund, Screech, his gray haired cat (who he believes is part dog) and Yoda, his gray and black striped cat (who thinks she’s a princess).

Ernie’s hope is to make a significant mark in the bluegrass community through his music and teaching. He hopes through his teaching he will be able to pass on his God-given talent to others.

Ernie with Russell Moore and Steve Dilling.