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Barefootin’ Boogie – 1st song on my Sweet Jelly Album!

 

 

My name is Bill Madison.  I am a singer songwriter and interpreter of Americana Folk and Country Music!  Sign up here and you will receive a free download of the title song from my CD called “Old Five and Dimers”!  If you like what you see and hear, pass the word along to your friends!       I respect your privacy and will not share your name or e-mail address. And I won’t bog down your e-mail with a lot of stuff. I just post blogs every once in a while sharing what I believe to be useful and entertaining content. I do send out weekly notifications of my online performances.

 

 

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My musical career spans more than 50 years; from the Folk Music venues of Boston, New York City and Montreal during the 1960’s, to the ski resorts and honky tonks of Northern New England from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.   In 1973, I released my first album called“Sunday Mornin’ Hayride”. That album has been re-released by Riverman Records and Yoga Records and was voted in the top ten retro re-issues for 2009 by the Acid Archives.

In 1974, I formed Them Fargo Brothers which became New England’s Premier Country Rock Band, and I toured with the band until 1990.  I am currently writing and recording in my studio and marketing my CD’s through my web site and have downloads available across the web. I am also seeking to license my music to films, etc.

If you wish to license my music, please visit me at: 

http://www.licensequote.com/pub/Bill-Madison-Music/

You can purchase my CD’s, if you like, by clicking the “CD’s For Sale” tab at the top left of this page! 

                            

 

 

           GREAT REVIEW OF “SWEET JELLY”

      From Toni-Taylor Helser of Barefoot Music!

This Barefoot music listener and fan of Bill Madison received a message from Bill a couple of months back that put a smile on my face.  Bill said he had woke one morning with his song “Barefootin’ Boogie” in his head. Recording it and including it in his message saying he thought of Yours Truly. Soon this became the intro track to his new CD “Sweet Jelly”.

From this intro track and throughout the album’s collection of tunes Bill keeps your feet doing a definite boogie with his rich acoustic guitar accompaniment, and his distinctive vocal quality full of natural expressions.

Bill is the first artist I experienced with Online Busking on his Saturday shows on www.streetjelly.com, happily so, as I quite like Bill’s style and sound. His latest album/Cd is a 13 track collection from his Street Jelly shows. I find the natural feel of this album as easy and comfortable to listen to as it is to experience his shows online. It is a venue made for an artist like Bill Madison, and I am delighted that his was my first experience with concerts in this format.

This collection begins with his original tune Barefootin’ Boogie that absolutely sets the tone of ambiance for the listener. Bill takes us through a journey of classic cover tunes that will have you feeling you have been time warped in the most of nostalgic ways.  Bill has an easy flow to his vocal tone that he compliments so nicely with his acoustic guitar which creates a rich full sound as a soloist.

From his inspiring epic “All Along The Watch Tower”, to the romance of Eric Clapton’s ?Wonderful Tonight”, to the closing track “Forever Young” this album will certainly inspire memories from days gone by as well as inspire new memory making today.

Get yours inspired today.

Here are a few of my favorite songs from my latest albums.

All She Wanted – from the All She Wanted Album

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Just Pass On The Love – from the Pass On The Love Album

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Baker Street – my reverent cover the the Gerry Rafferty song – featured on the All She Wanted Album

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The above is the artwork for the iTunes download of Baker St.

From my band – Them Fargo Brothers – on the “Them Fargo Brothers – 1979″ Album, our cover of Steely Dan’s great song – With A Gun

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From my first album – Sunday Mornin’ Hayride – Released in 1973 -Sunshine Cowboy

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Hey!  Stay tuned to the Bill Madison Music site as we grow.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Bill

 

Snowmaker Bill!!

 With this post I just wanted to share an adventure with you. Back in the 1980’s, I worked as a snowmaker at two ski areas in the Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire.  I started at Attitash Ski Area inm Barlett, NH, in the summer of 1983 and that winter signed on to make snow. In 1986 I signed on as snowmaking manager at Black Mountain in Jackson, NH. It was a wonderful experience in my life. My friend and fellow snowmaker Ed Parsons, put it all quite well to words in the article he wrote. I must admit in re-typing the article, quite a few memories came back to me. So here is Ed’s article published the The Irregular – a popular local newspaper at the time.

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By Ed Parsons

Contributing Writer

 

The silence of falling snow is a soothing aspect of a winter storm. But the maelstrom put to verse by singer/songwriter Bill Madison describes a storm of a different order:

“So listen up to what I’m telling you

When the snow starts flying all around you

Could it be coming from the skies above,

Or from the men with the rubber gloves?”

  Madison, who is the season manager of snowmaking at Black Mountain, knows of what he writes, as also do the ten snowmaking technicians who work for him.

  Snowmaking at Black is a 24 hour operation and on each of the overlapping nine hour shifts, the men experience a wide range of working conditions: intense periods of labor operating the snow guns; transporting equipment up and down the slopes; mountain solitude; and the warmth of their base headquarters, where they operate the pumps and compressors, and relax in their office lounge.

  Some seasoned snowmakers come back year after year. Madison, who has made snow at Black Mountain for two years, previously worked at Attitash, where he said, “I learned to love it.”

  Crew member Mike Pelletier, is a six-year veteran of Attitash and Black. Other crew, both veterans and new include: Scott Kruse, Mark Sandman, Tom Gagnon, Steve Briggs, Mark and Mike Mendonca, Lee Berwick, John Larson, Wally Brooks, Jack Benedick, Craig Squires and Alan (you gotta be smarter than the gun) Edmondson.

  The snow guns they have mastered, (Which have a mind of their own when charged with 500psi of water and 110psi of air.) are twenty tripod type, “Omricrons”. These were purchased from John Mathewson of Norfork, Connecticut, when he installed the Black Mountain Snowmaking System in 1985.

  “Mathewson also built Attitash’s system, and many others worldwide,” says Madison. “Including one in Spain.”

   He notes that most people don’t realize that Black Mountain had the first snowmaking system in the Valley back in the 1950’s when a system was built on the Whitney Slope above the Inn that used 10 “Tey” guns!

   “These were originally built by the government to test aircraft icing, and then ended up here as snow guns.” he grinned.

  That early system used the pond across the road for the water supply. That hasn’t changed. Today the water is pumped from the pond to the pumphouse at the base of the slopes where two 200hp pumps force it at 680psi in two main lines up the mountain. Also, three 400 horsepower Ingersol Rand air compressors charge the adjoining air lines, giving the crew air/water combination needed for snowmaking on 90% of the slopes.

  The art of snowmaking begins when they connect the guns to the pipe system using 2 inch fire hose with couplings. By adjusting the air/water ratio and the direction of the guns, they try to get the best amount of quality snow in the right place. The wind direction, temperature and humidity must be considered.

  “I’ve made snow at 38 degrees in the sun,” said Madison, explaining that the dryness of the air at the time allowed freezing of the spray into snow. When on a colder but humid day, this wouldn’t happen.

  The best time to make snow is in the cold of night when the maximum amount of water is mixed with air. The crew will make giant “wales” of snow for the groomers to blade out later. This is truly the time of the snowmaker: when the full moon is traversed by blue clouds and the lights of the Valley shine like jewels. For those that are up there tonight, Bill Madison sings:

  “Snowmaker, keep your boots on tight,

    Snowmaker, snowmaker, making snow all night”

(Verse is from “Snowmaker” a track off the new album, “Dance Hall Girls” (Saloon Records)

Bill Madison appears locally as a solo or with Them Fargo Brothers.

Here are two versions of the song Snowmaker. The first one was the first recorded and features Steve Dore on bass and lead guitar, Bruce Geiger on steel guitar and Dave Allen on drums. I’m playing rhythm guitar and singing the song, of course. The song was recorded by Chris Biggi at his Sunset Ridge Studio in the summer of 1984. This is my favorite version.

This is the version included on my album Dance Hall Girls and features Tex Goldberg on lead guitar and vocals, John Brancato on bass and vocals, and Dave Allen on drums. This version was also recorded by Chris Biggi at Sunset Ridge in the spring of 1986.

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As was my custom back then, on the weekends I would play apres ski at the Shovel Handle Pub adjacent to Black Mountain – short walk from a day of snowmaking to the pub! LOL! Here I am with bassist John Brancato at the Shovel Handle.

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I just found out about “Million Dollar Riff” so I signed up! Interesting format for sure. 

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Hope you found this post enjoyable!

To finish off, another favorite from Tyrone Schulace and his Pals – Their videos are pure magic!

And I’ll be playing Apres Ski tomorrow afternoon on Street Jelly for “Bill’s Happy Hour” at 5 PM EDT!

http://streetjelly.com/billmadison

 

Thanks for viewing this post! Have a great weekend! Bill

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My musical career spans more than 50 years; from the Folk Music venues of Boston, New York City and Montreal during the 1960’s, to the ski resorts and honky tonks of Northern New England from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.

In 1973, I released my first album called “Sunday Mornin’ Hayride”. That album has been re-released by Riverman Records and Yoga Records and was voted in the top ten retro re-issues for 2009 by the Acid Archives.

 In 1974, I formed Them Fargo Brothers which became New England’s Premier Country Rock Band, and I toured with the band until 1990.

 I am currently writing and recording in my studio and marketing my CD’s through my web site and have downloads available across the web. I am also seeking to license my music to films, etc.

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Here are links to my music:

https://soundcloud.com/bill-madison/sets/playlist-3-demo

https://youtu.be/J3wYBxG6GEY

 

 

REVIEWS OF MY PERFORMANCES

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“Bill has an easy flow to his vocal tone that he compliments so nicely with his acoustic guitar which creates a rich full sound as a soloist. Bill keeps your feet doing a definite boogie with his rich acoustic guitar accompaniment, and his distinctive vocal quality full of natural expressions”  Toni-Taylor Helser, The Barefoot Baroness

You can see me perform live on Street Jelly for my show called Bill’s Happy Hour – Saturdays – 6PM EDT

http://streetjelly.com/billmadison

Thanks for your interest and I hope you’ll have me play at your event or venue!   Bill

https://www.facebook.com/Billmadisonmusic

https://twitter.com/BillBillsong

 

 

 

 

 

 

All She Wanted – New Album Review

I released the album All She Wanted on 11/11/11. It was recorded over several years, culminating in the recording of Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street. That song alone took most of the winter of 2010!

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My friend, and associate, Merle Burke – known to many as “Ivanhoe” – has just completed his excellent overview of All She Wanted – so without further ado…

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Review of All She Wanted

When you have people who have made their bones in certain musical genres, when they crank out new albums you tend to expect more of the same from them. At least that’s what I do. There are exceptions, of course. There are some who dare to be different.

If anyone in the music business has the courage to try different things, it’s singer/songwriter/entertainer Bill Madison. I just listened to Bill’s album, ‘All She Wanted’ and, quite frankly, I was pleasantly surprised to see a man with fifty years in the music industry, a guy who has been pretty much connected to the folk genre and ballad singing doing covers of such songs as Jerry Rafferty’s, ‘Baker Street,’ and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s, ‘Simple Man.’

I could dissect the words in the songs for their meaning but, they belong to the writers. The greater value in reviewing an album such as this, one that is built around covers, wrests in the analysis of the musical interpretation of the artists singing and in the musicianship. Bill’s album ‘All She Wanted,’ does not leave us wanting in any of these areas. It is built around solid production, excellent musical interpretation, and fine vocals and musicianship. The way ‘Baker Street’ is done in this album is as good a cover of this song as I have ever heard.

And, while the lyrics on these covers might have been written by someone else, when Bill puts them out there, he owns them. He gives them a meaning that only he can give them through a voice and style that has been tested on the road of life for a very long time.

While I like the energy and creativity that Bill brings to the songs he covers in this album, I especially like the song ‘All She Wanted,’ the album’s title song, a Bill Madison original that he wrote with his wife, Nancy. It speaks of a woman who wanted true love with happiness and no abuse, who wanted appreciation and respect for her being a loving, caring, genuine person. It speaks of a woman who came to the realization that she could not get what she needed from the man she was with. This song tells of something that was lost because a man was too wrapped up in himself to notice the needs of his loving woman. It spells out rather poignantly and with a great sense of melancholy that point in time when love can be lost through one’s self-centered behavior. This song hits the listener with a dose of reality that could very well be in anyone’s life right now. It is superb.

I really like this album. I am glad that I now have it in my collection. I hope that you will buy this fine piece of music.

Merle Burke

Thank you so much, Merle! You can visit his very entertaining blog at this link.

http://www.an-old-mans-tales.org/tales/