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The Madisons go green on new album

February 7th, 2012 2:11 am by Staff Report

The Madisons go green on new album

Courtesy of The MadisonsThe Madisons will preview their forthcoming album, 'Greener,' when they perform Saturday at the Down Home in Johnson City. Show time is 9 p.m.

The Madisons left behind gritty city life in search of something “greener” — and they discovered it in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains.

The band brought with it a career filled with Texas-roots music experiences and now its newest project, “Greener,” blends American music forms such as country, blues, traditional and jazz with varied instrumentation like the Dobro and Theremin.

The quartet will take the stage locally on Saturday, Feb. 11 at The Down Home, 300 W. Main St., Johnson City. Show time is 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the d o o r.

Recorded old-school style and rehearsed and played together live, The Madisons’ music maintains a spontaneity and spark that some say modern music lacks.

Studio veteran Lizzie Harrah’s production experience with acts such as ZZ Top and Timbuk3 help define the sound of “Greener,” which ranges from sparse arrangements to electronic or full orchestral feels.

The Madisons began in Texas 17 years ago with original members Teri Greene, Harrah, “Little” Stevie Wilson and Denny “Cletus” Blakely, together on the live recording “Drive.”

Ruel Russell, Lee Hamilton and Rusty Stone later joined Greene and Harrah, and the five-piece recorded “Goodtime and Money” and “Do You Love Me?”

The group performed at weekly appearances and headlined at major venues in Texas such as the Balinese Room, Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar, Cosmos and Helios. Their song “Sleepin’” was featured in an independent film and video.

Today, the band is made up of Harrah on keys and vocals; Russell on bass and vocals; Hamilton on drums and vocals; and Wayne Bean on guitar.

“Greener,” a collection of mostly originals, Amazon and iTunes.
For more information about The Madisons, visit the band’s website at www.madison? . also includes cover versions of songs by John Prine, Billie Holiday and Tanita Tikaram.

The CD will be available Feb. 14 at CD Baby and through digital online music providers

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