The Record Company

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The Record Company

Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear

Tue, Oct 23, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Higher Ground Ballroom

$22 advance | $25 day of show

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Special Offer! One (1) CD or download of The Record Company’s forthcoming album, All Of This Life, is included with every pair of tickets for this show. You will receive an email with more details about this offer approximately 7 days after your purchase.

The Record Company
The Record Company
One listen to the band’s exhilarating new album, All Of This Life, and it’s clear that things have changed. The gritty slide guitar, fuzzed-out bass, and driving drums are all still front and center, but the songs are bolder and more ambitious, deeper and more reflective, brimming with adventurous vitality while still remaining firmly tethered to the roots of American rock and roll that have always grounded and nourished the group. The stakes were higher this time around to be sure, but the music more than delivers, bolstered by the kind of growth that can only come from the trial-by-fire the band experienced on their meteoric rise.

By now, The Record Company’s story is a well-known one: a trio of musicians grit it out on their own for years in bars and clubs, join forces in LA, set up some microphones in a living room, and cut an album that turns their world upside down. Released in 2016, Give It Back To You spawned three Top Ten hits at Triple-A radio (including the #1 smash “Off The Ground”), earned the band a slew of festival appearances and sold-out headline dates around the world, and garnered a GRAMMY nomination. The group made the rounds on late night TV, shared bills with John Mayer, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket and Nathaniel Rateliff among others, and racked up more than ten million streams on Spotify. The critical response was just as ecstatic, with Rolling Stone raving that the band “kick[s] up a raw, rootsy racket” and Entertainment Weekly calling the album a “soul scorcher.”

Far from altering The Record Company’s DNA, success only served to enhance it, strengthening the band’s bonds and elevating the intangible chemistry that ignited their breakout. At its core, the group is a pure democracy: all the work, all the rewards, all the happiness and heartache and joy and pain are split evenly. Each member brings their own unique strengths to the table, and the three fit together seamlessly, filling in each other’s gaps like pieces of a puzzle.

“We’re a true band in that we all elevate each other,” explains Vos. “Our individual strengths cover each other’s individual weaknesses, so there’s no way to replace any one of us. We’d all played in bands before, but none of us found what we were looking for until we got together.”
Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear
Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear
In just a few short years, the duo of Ruth and Madisen went from playing in their Independence, Mo. kitchen and small coffee houses to opening for various artists including Sufjan Stevens and B. B. King and joining festivals like Bonnaroo – and making an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. The rootsy vitality of their debut LP, Skelton Crew, opened doors, but what truly makes the twosome stand out in an oversaturated world is how – whether performing in a tiny café or an auditorium stage – their stark, emotional intimacy never changes an inch. Every venue is still a coffee house, every last person in the audience a soul to connect with. Because that's what the music of Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear is all about: connection. Linking person to person, history to history, one to another. Emotion to emotion.

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear's Skeleton Crew proved to be one of 2015's critical surprises: stark and intimate, the songs moved beyond traditional Americana to something that blurred the boundaries of folk, soul, gospel and vintage rock. From an under-the-radar act that thrived on word of mouth around Kansas City, they soon became the purveyors of one of modern folk's most unique points of view. Reliant on the powerful dynamic of mother and son Madisen and Ruth's moving vocals, haunting melodies and poignant lyrics, songs like "Silent Movies" managed to be at one simple and acoustic yet sonically lush. But Madisen and Ruth are also not ones to stay stagnant, and "Childhood Goodbye," their new single from their forthcoming EP, shows how much they've grown: produced by Nathan Chapman, it embraces a more expansive orchestration, anchored by a rich drumbeat – it might sound different, but one listen will prove that the progression only heightens their emotional power.
Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403
http://www.highergroundmusic.com/