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Trading Big City Stress For A “Greener” Sound
Greeneville, TN 3/18/2012 - Tucked away in the Smoky Mountains – away from big city grit and stress – The Madisons spent the past year crafting and recording their fifth album Greener.
“We feel we made the right move to surround ourselves with forest and mountains”, says Harrah, “and to be graced by the addition of guitarist Wayne Bean. We followed the instinct to return to ancestral roots. Greener reflects the change in locale in sound, instrumentation, and storytelling.”
Greener, a collection of mostly originals, also includes cover versions of songs by John Prine, Billie Holiday, and Tanita Tikaram.
Recorded old-school style, rehearsed and played together live, the Madisons maintain a spontaneity and spark lacking in much modern music. Studio veteran Lizzie Harrah’s production experience with bands ZZ Top and Timbuk3 enrich Greener’s Americana roots sound. Ranging from sparse arrangements to full orchestral feels, Greener features an instrumentation sound palette including theremin and mandolin.
The Houston Press Music Editor, Hobart Rowland, says, “The creation of enigmatic producer/musician/performer Lizzie Harrah, the Madisons retain a lazy, altogether intimate feel. But the guys are kept on their toes by Harrah's nimble piano work and sultry, sentimental originals, which run the gamut from loungey swing and saloon-style ragtime jazz to simmering rhythm and blues, and the occasional soul/pop torch ballad.”.
Bob Wall of Space City Rock says of Harrah’s vocals, “Her smoky-smooth vocals drip all over the lyrics and melody with confidence, presence, and sincere conviction. She works it like the pro she is and flows in and around the music.” He adds, “He (bassist Ruel Russell) and drummer Lee Hamilton nail down the rhythm section like a pair of psycho twins linked together at the groove. They are beyond tight. Together they are a band themselves.”
On February 14, "Greener" arrives on CD/digitally at CD Baby and digital online music providers Amazon and ITunes.
The Madisons are available for interviews and appearances. Contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.