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Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

Mother And Son - Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear

Kansas City’s Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear are no overnight sensation. After performing around their hometown of Independence, Missouri for five years the bluesy folk mother/son duo got a couple of breaks in Nashville. They played for the annual American Music Conference and got to play live in the Blue Room at Jack White’s Third Man Records. They finally got noticed and now have their debut full-length Skeleton Crew out now. It all began when mother Ruth Ward played out live while Madisen was a child. He explains he must have absorbed her folk and blues in utero! We’ll talk with the effervescent duo and hear a set recorded live at this year’s Non-Commvention of public radio music people.

Session Setlist

Recent Release: Skeleton Crew
Release Date: May 18, 2015
Label: Glassnote