“ Sunday Mornin’ Hayride Bill Madison YOGA BY NATHAN SALSBURG With all the talk of braying cattle, dungaree silk, Palominos and Pintos, you’d be surprised to discover that the hippie-folkie-cowboy singer-songwriter Bill Madison recorded his debut record in rural New Hampshire. Originally released in 1973 as a private pressing on Madison’s own Saloon label, Sunday Mornin’ Hayride is an exceedingly enjoyable breeze back to those halcyon days when a gang of folked-up friends could make a record that un-self consciously synthesized their pastoral interests — blues, booze, pot, Western kitsch, the out-of-doors — without succumbing to cliché. That it has aged so well is remarkable, and fans of Chris Smither and Jackson C. Frank are advised to take note. Madison now lives in Lehigh Acres, Fla., where his co-songwriter wife quilts and where he continues privately pressing (CD-R) albums with a happy cabal of other paunchy, gray-haired, sunshine cowboys. ”
“It is the best of the best - the music, the songwriting, and Bill's incredible voice. On Bill Madison's All She Wanted CD”
“I bought a copy of it last month and, I absolutely love it! For me, every time I play it, it is like having a glass of fine wine with cheddar on a Ritz. It is something you can savor and enjoy, knowing that it was made by one who has spent a lifetime tempering lyrics with notes - to a point where they eloquently connect you with life's experiences and intimately reach your soul. About Bill Madison's All She Wanted CD”
"Here's a rural singer-songwriter album which deserves more exposure. While there's nothing deeply original about it, Madison displays class and ability across the board; he can play guitar, he can write good songs, and he can arrange them. At it's best Sunday Mornin' Hayride sounds like Michigan's Drendall-Thrower axis in top form, painting a similarly broad, fully realized canvas of prairie Americana and good-hearted drifters. Side 1 impresses with strong melodies and a rich palette of moods, from the upbeat"SunshineCowboy" to the dark, ugly past of the traditional number"Buffalo Skinners".Accompanied by a low-key but adept band of stringpickers, Madison displays a broad understanding of pre-electric roots music, integrating folk,blues,country and mountain elements into a consistant whole that doesn't belong to one genre, and sounds entirely modern(for the 1970's). Millard-Dyce spring to mind, perhaps via a shared love for Tim Hardin's rootsier side.