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One of Montana’s award-winning Western entertainers, Almeda has written poetry and songs since her teen years and has been performing throughout the west ever since. With four albums of original songs and poetry to her credit, Almeda’s work has been recognized by the International Western Music Association, the Academy of Western Artists and the Western Writers of America with multiple nominations for song of the year, album of the year and entertainer of the year.
Classically trained on piano and cello and self-taught on guitar, fiddle and mandolin, Almeda taught students of all ages to play stringed instruments in her former Big Sandy studio, A ROOM FOR MUSIC. She raised her family in north central Montana while showing performance horses, finishing hogs, running 150 mother cows and operating a seed and feed business.
Almeda and her Marlboro Man husband, Merritt Bradshaw, now live on the M2B Ranch along the Yellowstone River in Huntley where he trains rope horses and she manages a HERD 2 HUMAN Equine Therapy Program (ETP) for veterans, first responders and others dealing with post-traumatic stress.
Almeda’s love and appreciation of the cowboy way comes through in heartfelt expressions of the west. Her latest recording project of original songs, “Between a Horse and Me”, is being produced in support of the M2B Ranch HERD 2 HUMAN ETP.