“…Close your eyes and you’ll smell the smoke-filled rooms where forbidden lovers dance cheek to cheek to the sounds of today, riding the rhythm rails of yesteryear…” Jinelle Boyd, Editor, My Texas Music
“…Her (Lizzie Harrah) 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 (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.” Bob Wall, Space City Rock
Although members of The Madisons spent a huge part of their lives immersed in the Texas rock scene, they never strayed far from their roots. Their music runs the gamut from loungey swing and roots Americana to simmering rhythm and blues with the occasional soul/pop torch ballad.
Their newest project, Err On The Side of Love, the band’s fifth collection of songs, blends their Texas musical roots and Tennessee locale into a wholly fresh and appealing sound.
You see, The Madisons record old-school style. They rehearse until they get the songs right. Then, they record as a band, not as individual performers in separate rooms. The Madisons live shows reflect their studio recordings which brings a spontaneity and spark lacking in most over-produced modern music.
Studio veteran Lizzie Harrah’s production experience with acts such as ZZ Top and Timbuk3 help define Err On The Side of Love‘s sound.
The Madisons began in Texas 17 years ago with original members Teri Greene, Lizzie Harrah, “Little” Stevie Wilson, and Denny “Cletus” Blakely, together on the live recording Drive.
Ruel Russell, Lee Hamilton, and Rusty Stone later joined Teri and Lizzie, and the five-piece recorded Goodtime and Money and Do You Love Me. They performed at weekly appearances and headlined at major venues in Texas such as Balinese Room, Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar, Cosmos, and Helios. The song Sleepin’ was featured in an independent film and video.
Current members include:
- Lizzie Harrah – keys and vocal – Lizzie comes from Houston, Texas where she started out as a studio musician/engineer with Digital Services and ZZ Top. Lizzie worked on recording projects with Miles Copeland, ZZ Top, Timbuk3, Little Joe y la Familia, The Geto Boyz, Clint Black, Van Wilks, Placido Domingo, Andy Johns, and worked backstage on the tours of Michael Jackson & ZZ Top. Also, she recorded and performed live with Timbuk 3 before starting The Madisons in 1995.
- Ruel Russell – bass and vocal – Alabama native Ruel Russell rocked the bass guitar with notable Texas acts St. Vitus Dance, Slow Children, and Bone Simple. Since 2002, Ruel has been bassist and vocalist with The Madisons.
- Lee Hamilton – drums and vocal – Lee hails from East Texas and has been playing drums with Ruel in St. Vitus Dance, Slow Children and Bone Simple since 1992. Lee joined the Madisons in 2002 on drums, vocal, and songwriting.
- Pete Gorisch – guitars – Pete possesses a varied musical resume. Pete plays bass, drums, and guitar. Also, he’s an accomplished cellist. Pete’s worked with a diverse group of music legends including Townes Van Zandt, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Emmylou Harris, and Nanci Griffith. Pete played on Greener in 2012 before joining The Madisons in 2013.
Err On The Side of Love, a collection of originals, also includes a cover version of “I’m Confessin'”, the song turned into a standard by Louis Armstrong. Err On The Side of Love is available on CD/digitally at CD Baby and digital online music providers Amazon and ITunes.