As you may remember, I posted a thread last year with a video of our own Alex Navarro playing a surprisingly poignant piano piece, offering a rare glimpse into the secret lives of the Giant Bomb Crew. Yet while Alex had never certainly alluded to his stunning piano skills, it does make some sense that he would choose such an endeavor, considering he was once a Harmonix employee, a company who in 2010 perhaps not so coincidentally released a keyboard controller. Aside from Jeff, it would appear that Alex is the only staff member with any sort of visible music background. On the basis of this information alone, it's easy to see how one could have jumped to the conclusion that Alex alone was operating a cloak and dagger song-smith operation, but as I have recently discovered, this is not the case. In fact, signs indicate that Brad Shoemaker's surreptitious country debut dates as far back as 2004, when he was still working at GameSpot. The album, Land Between the Rivers, is a rousing concept album (something rarely attempted in modern country music) about the history of Iowa. One might find it odd that Brad recorded an album about the state of Iowa, considering he neither lives nor has lived there, at least to our knowledge, but as we have seen time and time again, Brad defies all expectation. Just watch that video of him playing Rock Band.
Because Bradley has done such an expert job of covering his tracks, there existed no YouTube videos to point to, nor did there exist any shady download sites I could link to, not that I would even think about shortchanging Mr. Shoemaker. As a result, I now own a copy of Land Between the Rivers, and according to last.fm, I'm the only person in the world to ever have listened to it. Because it would be absurd of me to assume every other member of this site to exhibit the same level of benignity, I have taken the liberty of uploading two videos to YouTube for your pleasure: the first a music video and the second the entire album for those who wish to hear the entire work as intended. I hope you all enjoy, and I certainly hope Brad enjoys my $14.