Latest releases from Bill Madison – ‘Penance’ and ‘All She Wanted’



FFM Records are proud to bring to you the latest releases from Bill Madison. You can download Bill’s latest directly from FFM. 

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

Sample ‘Penance’

Penance
Click to download Penance

Sample ‘All She Wanted’

All she wanted
Click to download ‘All She Wanted’



 

Bill Madison, a man who puts his stuff out there! – ‘If I Had The Time’



By Merle Burke

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 primroses 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…

Merle Burke,
music reviews, Life, Music & Everyday Stuff
merleburke.blogspot.com

Here is a gem from Bill Madison, Steve Young’s hauntingly beautiful ‘Seven Bridges Road’

More about Bill Madison




Introducing, Anthony – A left of center, independent, solo recording artist



Hailing from Edmonton, Canada, Anthony describes himself as, “A left of center, independent, solo recording artist.” His genre is as varied as it is unknown but, something like, Alternative Indie Rock Pop, kinda fits. Added to this, Anthony is an amateur sound engineer to a bizarre array of uncommon and mostly non-conforming musical gestures.

Anthony is also a talented writer, penning some insightful and poetic articles.

How what was ugly, bloomed some pretty petals.

By Anthony Devyn

For whatever reason, a sizable portion of my life, I have been overly aware and ashamed at the ugliness much of humanity is intentionally entangled in.  I have never been quite able to fathom the absurdities and they certainly have been on an exponentially outrageous rise.  A case of recent to point that I vaguely recall and thinking back on it now, I wonder if it was even a factual case because it is really that absurd, a woman was suing or wanted to sue God in our courts for some wrong or something or other He allegedly did to her.  How in the heck is that even possible or even considered?

There are too many oddities to expand on and my word count could soar into the billions.  Aside and along with that however, let me confess, I am no saint but no monster either.  I haven’t personally met anyone in the flesh who was perfect and the word, folly, comes to mind for anyone seeking it as well as the word, bullshit, for those who think they’ve achieved it.  I have personally and knowingly left errors, errors that the world of music would claim as such, in my music throughout my recording career, although they’ve become subtle over time, I know I will never nor can ever claim it perfect beyond it being perfect for me.

Let me clarify, to me when I’ve concluded the writing portion to a new song, it is perfect for me and the Inspiration that brought me to such a wonderful place.  Not that we haven’t gone back to enhance some issues that we’ve mulled over between us, but, an out of tune voice… a seemingly wrong bass note… a line of lyrics that I am not truly fond of, it is as it is because Inspiration said it so, she is happy even when my schooled mind thinks she’s crazy.

For informational purposes, I began my formal introduction and practice in music beginning at age 10.  The private instruction ended at about 17 or 18 but the learning never stopped even when I wasn’t playing regularly.  Before 2015, I wasn’t a recording artist and my catalogue of originals was pretty much non-existent.  At 48 and 3 years later, I now have 60 some odd tunes recorded fully in various stages of mix and master plus maybe a dozen more still on the lyrical workbench.  I was immediately astounded when it all started to pour out of me and not like it came out one glass at a time, I was drenched.  Much of my learning now is D.I.Y. and primarily revolves around mix and mastering as well as the business side to the industry.  I am most fond of the creation aspect more and I wish all my time could be devoted to it.  But, a question remains, what happened? What changed that opened the floodgates up?

I have always had an affinity for words, putting them together and squishing them in with my obscure thoughts and ideas.  If there were teams debating me, they would be squabbling over which side understands what the heck I meant the least.  The, “he’s speaking gibberish again honey, better call the pharmacy”, is nothing new to me, family used to tell me I thought too much.  I like pondering and I like to write.  I have always wanted to, and, I have started a few times only to burn the pages on the barbeque, write a book or a novel.  In 2014, for 5 days straight during Easter, I barely ate, I barely slept but at the end, I had my book.  WTF?

Not long after I wrote my book, unpublished, “To Chase the Wind”, and I kid you not, I had a dream that was very real and very vivid at the time but now all I have are the words the dream left me, “Music wants you back!”.  There was intent behind that dream and, whatever or whomever or however you determine that the dream was delivered is, a whole entirely different discussion altogether and not truly relevant.  What is of interest is, I could not refuse.

What happened?  Did time ultimately reveal and total up the life experience to get Inspiration’s attention enough to kick Passion’s butt into overdrive instead of lounging around gorging out on Twinkies?  Maybe, kind of, sort of.  Humanity’s ugliness had to go and infect and disease and pervert my happy go life that I was thoroughly enjoying to the utmost degree at the time.  I was devastated, I am still recovering 6 years later.  Some who know might say, “it was a divorce, get over it”, it was so much more than that and as a result, want to start a group called D.A.D.D., Dads Against (the) Divorce Disease but, I haven’t come across any who really care.

This event, ugliness, was the inspiration for the book and the catapult that flung me into my jungle of words and phrasings, melodies and tempos, crazy ass “semi-schizophrenic (in a good way) alt. rock sounds” as quoted to the official reviewer, a first ever for me, for my 5th album Bitter Dry.  I am not well known, probably not well liked or thought of in the few small circles I am in.  Maybe I overly and eagerly expected too much in the virtual world, trying to find goodness in folk to restore some hope I want to have for humanity, now that I feel able to converse without the venomous explosions and tear ducts opening up.  Mostly I guess, I want to let my music do the talking despite my fingers being drawn to the keyboard like a magnet.  My message here to you today is, without the outlandishly fluorescent and Ace Frehley inspired attire, I would like to live on the Earth with an excellent adventure in a Community like Bill and Ted led.

I am hard core this, music/art does, can and will change the world.  It must be tempered with an innocence like Bill and Ted have and I say have because, I hear that the Wyld Stallions are back for a third tour!  We are those who are looked at for inspiration and are admired sometimes.  We should be upright citizens being excellent to one another!

May 16 by Devyn Anthony ©2018

You can follow Anthony on twitter

Check out more of Anthony’s music on Songtradr




“Lobsta Stu” – Latest release from Bill Madison



FFM Records are proud to bring to you the latest release from Bill Madison. You can download Bill’s latest directly from FFM.

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

Lobsta Stu
Download “Lobsta Stu” by clicking here.

Preview “Lobsta Stu”

More about Bill Madison




FFM are proud to introduce our latest recording artist, Bill Madison.

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

 In 1973, he produced and released his first album called “Sunday Mornin’ Hayride”, on his own label called “Saloon Records”. 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. As was predicted, the album has become a “classic in the folk/blues idiom”.

new hayride cover

 

In 1974, Bill took part in forming ‘Them Fargo Brothers’ which became New England’s Premier Country Rock Band. They toured extensively throughout the Northeast and Bill toured with the band until 1990. Pictured below is a group picture taken at their last band reunion in 2011.

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Bill Madison is currently writing and recording in his studio and marketing his music through his web site. Bill’s music is on Spotify, Standing O Project, iTunes and other streaming sites, and his music is available for licensing and is included in several licensing libraries such as Songtradr, Hummingbird Music and Audiosparx.

 Here’s some links to Bill Madison’s music

Lobsta Stu   My latest release!

Barefootin’ Boogie

Friends In Love

When I Get There

Trying To Be A Friend

Only A Dream

Farm Boy

FFM will be live streaming a performance from Bill Madison in the near future

Bill Madison
Click to visit Bill Madison’s website for more

David (Pete Blue) Powell – Now on itunes with the debut album, ‘Long Time Coming’



FFM blues Artist, David Powell, is now available to download at itunes. David’s debut album, ‘Long Time Coming’ is a fantastic showcase for this brilliantly talented guitarist, singer and songwriter. FFM are planning to release more from this up and coming blues man.


Introducing ‘Bluefingers’ – A duo with a difference.



Bluefingers are an acoustic duo that perform instrumental music in arrangements for classical guitar and percussion. The duo consists of Mladen Veličković, classical guitar and Aleksandar Jakšić, percussion.

Please spread the love by sharing and subscribing to their youtube channel and facebook home.

 

“Classical Gas” is an instrumental musical piece composed and originally performed by Mason Williams. “Bluefingers” played one of many versions of this composition, which was used as a soundtrack in the movie “The Story of Us”.

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FFM Artist – David (Pete Blue) Powell and ‘Long Time Coming’



Many people possess a talent,  great singing voice or a natural ability in music but are never heard. Occasionally, a few of these unsung heroes will surface after many years of quietly honing their skills and become an ‘overnight success’.

One such musician is Blues guitarist and singer David Powell. David’s voice sits somewhere between Joe Cocker and John Lee Hooker with his authentic and powerful guitar playing completing the package.

FFM are proud to release David’s debut album, ‘Long Time Coming’. 16 of his own songs including the moving Jesus is Crying, You, Her & Me, and this music fan’s favourite Crawling into Yesterday. This song caught my ear as it demonstrates David’s classical guitar technique fused with the blues feel and powerful vocals.

You can download the full album here and FFM will pay directly, to David, his royalties. There are no middle men at Freedom for Musicians.

Sample ‘Jesus is Crying’

Sample ‘You, Him & Her’

Sample ‘Crawling into Yesterday’

Click the album cover below to download the full album

David Powell
Click to download the album

Also available on itunes



One Million Guitars – A chance for all children to discover music


Music is the only true universal language. The transformative power of music is unparalleled. It unites continents and humans like no other medium. Yet access to music education for our most vulnerable communities continues to diminish.

One Million Guitars is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Foundation on a mission to impact the lives of millions of children around the globe through the power of a musical instrument. Having early access to music education can transform the future of a great learner and affect the trajectory of their entire life. Apart from the subjective notion that music lifts the soul, it has been empirically shown that learners with the benefit of a musical training excel in other academic and creative domains. Yet so many of our brightest minds, those that can inspire future generations to improve our world, do not have access to a music education.

One Million Guitars, 1MG, is going to fix this dilemma, one guitar at a time. Under the leadership and vision of master musician David Broza, a lifelong peace ambassador and children’s advocate, over the next five years, 1MG will distribute more than one million guitars worldwide to children and leverage social media to create an online music academy and community of engaged, young learners.

These millions of kids will each be empowered by and granted a 1MG scholarship that includes a beautiful professional instrument built to last, online training by world renowned recording artists and professional musicians and access to local events and peer to peer training.

This all starts and ends with a kid with a guitar. Given the opportunity to surface the best version of themselves., millions of like minded children around the world will unite in a global chorus of personal growth, potential, diversity and peace.

Join us on this quest to bring the empowerment of music education into the lives of millions of kids.

How does it work?

1MG offers a 1MG Scholarship to young students that includes the 1MG signature guitar, extra strings as well as the 1MG starter instruction book. Students then need everything they need to start on their transformation journey. Additionally they will have access to online video tutorials created by some of the world’s leading artists as well as community contributors.

How can I help?

You can join the community of passionate individuals making a difference in million of kids lives in a variety of ways. Contact us to join the 1MG team and help in creating instructional content, doing community outreach and starting a 1MG group in a community in need as well as help our fundraising efforts. Contact Us

How do I contribute?

Head over to our GoFundMe.com page to contribute to our tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Foundation. Your contribution will go directly towards facilitating the 1MG program and manufacturing and distributing 1MG Guitars. Every $100 contributed facilitates another life altering event for a child that would otherwise never experience the transformative potential of a musical instrument.




Intuitive Guitar – Major Scale Modes. A fantastic new App for guitarists



Why is it that many video courses, guitar lessons, guitarists, apps and tutorials explain the concept of modes for guitar over and over again? Because they are very useful of course, but somewhat fail as one usually ends up with fretboard diagrams filled with dots and patterns and it all seems like a big intellectual challenge to memorize all positions at once, all keys, all strings… so many different combinations, and how to make them sound musical and flow through them without sounding like a robot is going up and down a scale?

We believe the solution is learning through intuition and repetition with carefully designed objective oriented practice routines. Time is important, so optimizing your practice time is essential to make progress and stop wasting time.

This approach to learning the modes of the major scale for guitar is simple and effective, just play along a practice routine for 10 minutes a day and the whole fretboard will start to open up for you. The routines cover all seven modes of the major scale parallel to each other in the key of C. We are approaching guitar fretboard visualization in 3-string shapes that cover only one octave, which makes them easy to manipulate, instead of large 6-string shapes, CAGED, 3 notes per string or other conventional shapes. This process will allow you to always keep in mind the intervallic relationship of the note you are playing against the root. Basic modal theory is included and we focus on the 7 modes of the major scale: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian.

Features:
– New effortless approach to learning music theory and skills
– Fly through the 7 Modes of the Major Scale
– 21 well designed guitar practice routines for daily practice
– 14 Backing tracks/modal loops with advanced audio pitch-shifting, tempo variations, and an equalizer
– Fully featured tab section with zoom, fast scrolling, loops, tempo and tonality change
– Modal Music Theory
– Built-in Metronome

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