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The Story Behind Da Da Da
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Based on an adolescent dream, I wrote Da Da Da about my childhood impressions of a father’s role in the family. I dreamed I was looking for my dad all through the house and couldn’t find him. Eventually, I looked in the attic and found him operating a machine that had lots of dials and switches. The system seemed to be controlling all the...

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Live Madisons show at Old Oak Festival in April
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The Madisons return to Tusculum College Old Oak Festival 2014, Saturday April 26th. Show times have not been announced yet. We had such a great time at last year’s event. There’s always a great music and awesome food. Tusculum CollegeRuel Russell of The Madisons has a beautiful campus. More information about the Old Oak Festival: The arts festival will span three days and will...

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Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2013 by

We wanted to take a moment and wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year. Also, we wanted to thank you for reading, watching, and listening to us and our music. Peace, love, and happiness to you and your family, Lizzie, Lee, Ruel, Pete    ...

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Welcome to The Madisons, Pete Gorisch
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For the past couple months, we’ve been rehearsing, tracking new songs, and re-shaping the sound of the band with our new guitarist, Pete Gorisch. Many of you, especially those of you in Houston, probably know or heard of Pete. He’s played or recorded with folks like Townes Van Zandt, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Emmylou Harris, and Nanci Griffith. He’s also played in numerous legendary Houston area...

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The Madisons at Old Mountain Campground June 22
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On Saturday, June 22, we’ll be celebrating the summer solstice (and Kris Kristofferson’s birthday) when we return to outdoor stage at the Old Mountain Campground at 8:00 p.m. We’ve put together a 45 song set which features four new and unreleased tracks: Fire, Girl, Da Da Da.  Also, we’ll debut a cover version Crosby, Still, and Nash’s Hopelessly Helping. Here’s a few things you...

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The little flower girls
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For the 2013 Old Oak Festival, we decided to give away colorful gerber daisies to the audience before The Madisons’ set. Each daisy was placed in a small vial which featured our website address (we love visitors!).   Here’s a lovely message we received from a fan, Kari,  after the show: Hey. I was just dropping by to shoot you a message after the...

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How to be a great drummer 101
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Most young drummers, when performing live or recording, do their best to showcase all the technical fills and patterns that they have spent countless hours perfecting. While there is nothing wrong with this, it can detract from the overall musical performance and even get in the way of the music itself. Except in the case of extreme metal, which is an animal all to...

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Lizzie Harrah’s Tennessee roots
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During a recent interview on Big Blend Radio, Lizzie Harrah talked about their relocation to Tennessee from Houston, Texas: “I didn’t know that all of my ancestors came from this neck of the woods. I’m part Scotch-Irish, and part Cherokee Indian. I had no idea that from both sides of my ancestry, my folks were from right up here in these hills. I just...

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