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Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear’s debut album, Skeleton Crew

Thomas Bellflower May 18, 2015
“There is NOTHING more beautiful raw and perfect as Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear in this entire country right now.”— Paste
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear’s highly anticipated debut album, Skeleton Crew, is out today on Glassnote Records ( purchase here). Already receiving widespread notice, the duo was recently featured on “ CBS News Sunday Morning.” Of the band, CBS correspondent Nancy Giles asserts, “This mother-and-son musical duo is the hottest thing out of Independence, Missouri, since President Harry Truman.” Immediately following the broadcast, Skeleton Crew soared to the top 20 at iTunes and top 5 at Amazon. Additionally, in March, the band made their network television debut on the “ Late Show with David Letterman” performing the records’ first single, “Silent Movies.” They also recently performed the song on “Later…with Jools Holland.”
Additionally, Rolling Stone named the duo one of their “ 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: Spring 2015
asserting, “Captivating no-frills folk tunes for pop fans who’ve got the blues.” Moreover, WXPN is currently featuring the band as their “ Artist To Watch” for the month of May declaring, “Honest, timeless, and heartfelt, the duo are incredibly engaging live and they’re a refreshing new sound on the acoustic music scene.”
In celebration of the release, the band is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour, including several shows with The Tallest Man on Earth as well as performances at Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival. See below for complete tour details.
Produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Artic Monkeys), the 12-song album was recorded in Nashville during the winter of 2014-15. Of the record, Madisen comments, “We took the scenic route getting here, and I can already tell we ain’t seen nothing yet. Thank you for letting us share this with you all.”
1. Live By The Water
2. Silent Movies
3. Modern Day Mystery
4. Dead Daffodils  
5. Whole Lotta Problems
6. Fight On
7. Big Yellow Taxi
8. Daisy Jane
9. Been in a Ditch
10. Undertaker and Juniper
11. Down in Mississippi
12. Sorrows and Woes
May 26—Atlanta, GA—Buckhead Theater*
May 27—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium*
May 28—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel*
May 29—Durham, NC—Durham PAC*
May 31 & June 1—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theater*
June 12—Milwaukee, WI—Eagle Ballroom†
June 14—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
June 17—Reading, PA—Santander PAC‡
June 19—Port Chester, NY—Capital Theater‡
June 20—Baltimore, MD—Pier Six‡
June 23—Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Theater‡
June 24—St. Louis, MO—Pagent‡
June 25—Des Moines, IA—Hoyt Sherman‡
July 19 —Birmingham, AL—Sloss Festival
July 24—Camden, NJ—Xponential Music Festival
July 25—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival
July 27—New York, NY—Joe’s Pub
July 29—Canandaigua, NY—CMAC
August 1—Des Moines, IA—Hinterland Music Festival
August 2—Maquoketa, IA—Codfish Hollow Barnstormers
August 3 —St. Louis, MO—Old Rock House
August 14—Philadelphia, PA—54th Philadelphia Folk Festival
September 12—Urbana, IL—Ellnora
September 26—Franklin, TN—Pilgrimage Music Festival
*appearing with The Tallest Man on Earth
†appearing with Pixies
‡appearing with Rodrigo Y Gabriela
(additional dates to be announced)

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