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 and stream at Humbolt.

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
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Sample ‘All She Wanted’

All she wanted
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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’

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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

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“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 and stream at Humbolt.

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
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Preview “Lobsta Stu”

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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.


The latest from Aria Elan – Butterflies



FFM’s very own USA Ambassador Aria Elan brings her own particular brand of sunshine. From her acclaimed album ‘Smile’, please enjoy ‘Butterflies’.

Written, produced and photographed by Phred Mosbey (Bobby Brown, Bell, Biv, DeVoe, Earth, Wind & Fire).

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‘Here As We Are’ is the new single from the SOA in the run up to their latest album release – For The Family


In 2012 the law of attraction drew together a group of young, talented, artistic individuals to become the change they wanted to see within the UK music scene.
Their dedication and love for music and creativity soon formed Society Of Alumni: Mula, iSEE, Jaspo Beats, Flewid, Mak, Vels, Badja, Devante and DJ Amari.
Originating from South London, SOA is a hip hop based collective raised and inspired by the era of the 1990’s.
Their focus is on growing  as young creatives within everyday life, while transmitting their experiences through their music.
The creative collective also has non musical members who create within fashion design, graphic design and visual arts.
SOA
Check out the single and upcoming album

Here is a word from SOA member, Mula




Babemar Dediva singing her new song ‘Pare Hare’, about partying as a state of mind, not bound by club walls and revolving lights.



At FFM, we champion and share musicians from around the world and we are proud to present to you, Babemar Dediva and Pare Hare. Please share the love by subscribing and sharing.

Hearty Arts Dynasty presents Pare Hare third single off of the ‘Black Power” EP. Written by: Black Heart Performed by: Black Heart Producer: Chao Otieno Studio: Half Live Production pare hare meaning “parting” is a feel good,feel free vibe song in that you don’t necessarily need to go to a club in order to have fun; you can still part YARD and have a blast.


A great Country song from Harry Edward Pridemore, jr. – Rainy Day Day



HARRY EDWARD PRIDEMORE,JR. 

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there Harry. Rainy Day Day somes up that ‘stuck feeling’ when we just can’t move on. Check out Harry’s youtube channel, subscribe and share the love.