Here are recent reviews of my latest album – If I Had The Time!
In Bill Madison’s latest album, “If I Had The Time,” you’ll find some solid musicianship, some, quite good, in fact. You’ll also find lyrics that connect brilliantly with life, not all prim-rosed but, mostly challenged by love and hard living and journeys that maybe should have been taken or, maybe not. It’s somewhat folksy, somewhat Americana, this latest album, offering a compilation of songs that are so uniquely Bill in their style and composition.
We’re talking about a special breed of entertainer here – a man who puts his stuff out there, with apologies to no one. In this day of fake this and fake that, there is something to be said about one who, after so many years in the music business, still brings it. I’ve been a fan of Bill’s for many years and, I wasn’t disappointed with his latest work. Buy it. It’s a gem…
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And from Folking.com:
Unlike his last release, the latest offering from the deep and dusty voiced New England singer-songwriter, his thirteenth, is, save for one number, all self-penned, either solo or in collaboration, Bill playing guitars, dobro, dulcimer and synth with contribution on drums and lead guitar from John Dudli and JP Kallio on just one track, the muscular, martial beat ‘When I Think Of Her’, co-written with his wife of many years, Nancy.
She also happens to be subject of both the title track love song, which, featuring bluesy dobro, opens the album and the melodically tumbling ‘Can’t Stay Away’ (which she herself-co-wrote), conjuring thoughts of both Tom Paxton and Stan Rogers as he celebrates their marriage and family.
The pair have one further co-write in the bluesy closing track. ‘That’s All Right With Me’, a song in praise of an honest day’s work written after setting up their landscaping business back in 1995.
The family also extends to the grandchildren, who get their own dedication with the jaunty Guthrie-esque old time folk blues ‘Doin’ Fine’, while the ringingly fingerpicked ‘Old Tockwotton’ is an ode to the Madison family’s ancestral farm and the generations that worked the land.
As on the last album, Scott Roby gets two co-write credits, the bluesy ‘Chasin’ After You’, about a thankless 45 year courtship, and ‘As Time Passes By’, a gentle celebration of two lovers growing old together, while the sole cover comes with Michael Sirois’ ‘You’re The Only One’, Dianna Zupan on backing vocals for what he describes as being a song about reliving teenage angst.
The remaining two track are both Madison originals, the lengthy ‘Look Homeward’ calling on his cowboy influences for a last round-up number as well as breaking out the dobro for another solo, and ‘The Wurlitzer Song’, a wistful nod to the country tradition of playing out lost love heartaches on the honky-tonk jukebox.
Seasoned and traditionally rooted, as before, there’s no concession to contemporary Americana trends, just the sound of man playing the music he loves for the people he loves. You could be one of them.
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From Diane Cimring – Marketing Director at Lehigh Regional Medical Center:
To whom it may concern,
I have known Bill Madison for a while, and heard his music for the first time a couple of years ago in a small local club. I was blown away by his talent, versatility and vast repertoire. He is a wonderful entertainer and engages with his audience from the start of his performance till the last note is played.
Bill has since played at various indoor and outdoor events organized by Lehigh Regional Medical Center, including fundraisers, employee appreciation and other social occasions. Each time he impressed the crowd with his ability to blend genres from Country to Blues to Southern Rock and Oldies.
A pleasure to work with, I would recommend Bill Madison to be the musical entertainment at any event where you want music to listen to, or music to dance to. He brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the party!!
Madison displays a broad understanding of pre-electric roots music, integrating folk,blues,country and mountain elements into a consistant whole that doesn’t belong to one genre. Patrick Lundborg – Acid Archives.
“Bill Madison provided entertainment for a family event at our Club. He was punctual, professional and his voice was just what we were looking for. The oldies and classic tunes he performed were well received and appreciated. We would hire him again for another event in the future.”
With Fiddlesticks pride,
Sarah Martini-Ricci | Director of Happiness
And some album reviews:
“Pass On The Love”
Album Review: Bill Madison
By Linda Freeman, TIW Music
Bill Madison is a man for all seasons. His new album, “Pass On the Love,” demonstrates a wide-ranging virtuosity that captures the richness, joy, and melancholy of life. Madison, an americana/folk singer and songwriter, sings with a resonant clarity reminiscent of George Jones and Waylon Jennings. I’m pretty sure that Madison’s amazing voice could resonate for a 5-mile radius if he put his mind to it. Madison also plays guitar, keyboard, and mountain dulcimer with dynamic ease and technical precision. He and Nancy Madison wrote the title track, “Just Pass On The Love,” a moving tribute to love between the generations. Madison’s rendition of “John Barleycorn” is a classic; if there’s a better cover of it, I haven’t heard it. My favorite tune, which I just about wore out on my CD, is Tom Waits’ “Heart of Saturday Night” — Madison’s folksy, confiding performance calls to mind John Mellancamp and Springsteen, and makes me nostalgic for something I never had. “Pass On the Love” is a stellar CD, and deserves a special place in your collection.
Traditional Folk/Americana music needs to be kept alive, and Bill Madison is doing just that with his latest release of “Old Five and Dimers”. Dedicated to Billy Joe Shaver & in memory of Tim Hardin tells us right off that our soul is in for something special. Rich in history of his chosen tracks, he combines also some of his own original work, creating a master of storytelling entertainment contained in one CD. Bill’s seasoned and laid back style gets the listener cozy into approximately 50 minutes of nostalgia that whether shared with another, or in solitude, it will leave you recalling times of yesteryears. The title track “Old Five and Dimers” will get your toes tapping and, with it’s lyrics, bring us all a reminder of who we are. Bill’s acoustic guitar is the perfect accompaniment to his rich timbre vocals. There’s always a certain sense of romance in a collection of cover tunes and Bill doesn’t disappoint, even making the old blues standard “House Of The Rising Sun” his own; including this writer’s favorite, Rodney Crowell’s “Shame On The Moon”. Bill’s originals don’t disappoint the romantic at heart either, with his two co-written songs with his wife Nancy Madison: “Can’t Stay Away” and “Friends In Love” the listener will be left with a wonderful sense of nostalgia…. And even hope.
Review by Toni-Taylor Helser
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
“ Sunday Mornin’ Hayride Bill Madison YOGA BY NATHAN SALSBURG”
With all the talk of braying cattle, dungaree silk, Palominos and Pintos, you’d be surprised to discover that the hippie-folkie-cowboy singer-songwriter Bill Madison recorded his debut record in rural New Hampshire. Originally released in 1973 as a private pressing on Madison’s own Saloon label, Sunday Mornin’ Hayride is an exceedingly enjoyable breeze back to those halcyon days when a gang of folked-up friends could make a record that un-self consciously synthesized their pastoral interests — blues, booze, pot, Western kitsch, the out-of-doors — without succumbing to cliché. That it has aged so well is remarkable, and fans of Chris Smither and Jackson C. Frank are advised to take note. Madison now lives in Lehigh Acres, Fla., where his co-songwriter wife quilts and where he continues privately pressing (CD-R) albums with a happy cabal of other paunchy, gray-haired, sunshine cowboys. ”