Sandy Madaris is
armed with a potent package. She has looks like Emmylou Harris and
sounds a lot like Nanci Griffith.
Madaris only has one co-writing credit on one of the songs,
“Only One Way”. The rest are written by Luke Powers. Powers is
a versatile writer. He evokes moods in which I can imagine Maria
McKee and Lone Justice working up a sweat over, then he’ll hand
you a slow ballad perfectly suited to a voice like Emmylou.
Tommy Spurlock also is a star on this CD. He’s got credits for
guitars, pedal and lap steel, bass, mandolin and keyboards.
Madaris is a new name out of Nashville. On Way Back
Home she performs a number of songs written by Luke
Powers, a professor of English. She is a very able
performer with a strong voice, which is well suited to the
contains songs that, with time and exposure, could become
folk music of tomorrow. They reflect life in our times,
from shootings to drinking to joy riding.
With a Loaded Gun" is a well-written and performed
song that speaks eloquently of the danger of modern life
posed by that man with a gun and "voices in his
and When" is another very good track that benefits
from the male backing vocal. "Tonight With You in
Tennessee" is a lovely and gentle love song with a
fabulous melody that could be very popular on the radio.
Madaris is a singer making a debut in a very crowded
field. Her voice, choice of music and performance tell me
that, given even half a chance, she could have a very
bright future. I look forward to hearing more of her,
especially on radio, to get her very relevant messages
CD belongs to the American singer-songwriter territory, except
that all bar two of the twelve songs are written by Luke Powers
and therefore Sandy Madaris is the interpreter of his songs rather
than a singer-songwriter in her own right.
Madaris does a fine and convincing job with an interesting
bunch of songs that are well recorded. She has a voice that is
remniscent of Emmylou Harris (not a bad reference).
me the stand out track is "Waterline". Beautifully
atmospheric it transcends the country genre and hits the timeless
s/sw mark. Other songs such as "Dad is drunk" (living
with an alcoholic), "Hey Hector" (delinquency)
"Rocking at the end of the world" (gigs from hell) make
for interesting listening both lyrically and musically within the
alternative country/rock genre.
then, an enjoyable album.
The Americana/alt country
"Way Back Home" is the result of a collaboration between
singer Sandy Madaris and writer Luke Powers. This independent
production blends elements of Americana, alt country and rock into
a heady brew, and features seductive singing that brings to mind
Emmylou Harris, well-written songs with decidedly anti-Nashville
attitude, and marvelous production from Tommy Spurlock (David
Olney, Chip Taylor).
The Chattanooga, TN-born
Madaris' father was a singer who performed with the Madaris Family
Quartet on the same stage as the Oak Ridge Boys, The Statlers,
Chuck Wagon Gang and The Jordanaires. Powers has worked with
Marcus Hummon (author of hits for The Dixie Chicks, Wynona, etc.)
and Brian Ahern (best known as producer of Emmylou's classic 70s
albums), and has also co-written songs with Mark Collie and Earl
Bud Lee. Besides his songwriting, Powers teaches English at
Tennessee State University in Nashville.
Director, KEOS, College Station, Texas
Thanks for sending along the
new 'Way Back Home' CD. Mighty fine indeed. Your songs are very
nice and are a perfect fit for her delivery and voice. I am
putting this CD into "New Rotation" for all of our
acoustic shows here on KEOS.
This album has a mix that can get spins on at least 6-8 shows. I
expect this will do very well here on KEOS! Best of luck with it
and congrats on a very good CD.
"Whatta You Done to Elvis, Dr. Nick?": "This one's
actually my favorite track off the album, precisely because it's
peppy and morbid at the same time, although it pegs Elvis pretty
well: 'He was just a momma's boy/Wasn't too durn bright/made a lot
of money for the RCA/Turning black into white.' Yeah, that about
sums it up."
On Way Back
Home: "[I]n a couple of places Madaris achieves an
Emmylou-like sort of ache describing her negative nirvanas:
"If and When," and "Tonight with You in
Tennessee" are particularly delicate and effective, while
"Man With a Loaded Gun" and "Hey Hector" even
achieve a sinister sort of edge to them."
Program Director, WOJB,
Yes, we have added
Sandy's release, I personally like it very much..title cut is
excellent. We will play here at WOJB in Northwestern WI!
Thank you, Nicky
Radio, Bree, Belgium
so much for sending me your more than beautiful release
"Way Back Home". I've
enjoyed listening to your beautiful, strong songs and great
music and I will give your disc regular airplay in my radio show
because you're damned good.
again and please find my recent playlist on attachment ore surf
to our website;
Just a line to let
you know I got your excellent CD (Sandy Madaris). Already
our featured album . . . . guaranteed airplay. Lots of.
KALODEMOS: WSMV-TV News Anchor and Producer
of "Things Unseen and Seen," a documentary film on the
Prophet Omega (aka Omega Townsend)
I have sent your CD to Sue Townsend,
Omega's daughter...along with your contact info. If you don't hear
from her in reasonable time, let me know. Like the song. Best of
luck with it.
New South Folk, New South Wales, Australia
Working my way
through the Album and putting to Air at the same time. Like
everything I've heard so far. Good piece of work.
Thanks for the
Sandy Madaris' CD you sent me . I really like her voice and she
has a real musical personality. I have selected tracks 4,7,1,10
to be by turn and from time to time on the air from...september.
. . . . My
program is mostly dedicated to Texas Music (I report for Texas
Charts) but I don't have anything against Nashville if artists
have a real musical personality and it is the case with
to keep in touch in the future.
Please say hello
to Sandy from Froggiesland.
I send you a
COOKING, Radio Winschoten
I received the CD copy of Sandy Madaris
Thanks for sending! Good music that fits
perfectly in my show.
I'll give airplay to "Way back
home" and I'll send playlists.
Keep It Country! NSEO 95.2 FM
Hello, This short
note to let you know that I received yesterday the CD you kindly
sent (Sandy Madaris "Way Back Home"). Thank you very
My favorite songs
are: - #1 Man With A Loaded Gun - #7 Whatta You Done To Elvis, Dr.
Nick? (Just in time for the 25th anniversary of his death!) - #8
If And When - #9 Rockin' At The End Of The World Again, thank
All the best,
Americana Radio Program, "LA OTRA MUSICA",
Thank you very
much for you send the CD for promo use in my radio program. A
great album, really wonderful CD, that is perfect for the
Please be sure
that will be played and that I will mention your website for
the people interested on order a copie.
all the best
I've marked Way Back Home
as well as Dad is Drunk on the CD and those will likely see airplay
soon. (It's possibly others will also air, but those are the two that
caught my ear on the first listen.) Thanks!
Review of Luke Powers
Folk-Pop with Joy Division-inspired basslines. Luke Powers's
musings are all about embracing rainy days and finding an empty
ice cube tray in the freezer that someone forgot to refill."
John Prine, Robyn Hitchcock, Freedy Johnson
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GENRES FILED UNDER:
Singer Songwriter, Folk Pop
Review of Luke Powers'
"I Saw John Kennedy Today"
was driving down Route 6, looked up and spotted our 35th
president driving a pick up truck. "Hey," Powers
yelled, "Weren't you our President?"
This is a true story. Luke Powers says so and I believe him.
I don't want to give away the rest of the story, but if you
like simple roots-rock melodies and a good yarn, then this
song is for you. Powers sings in a pleasant folk style, and
the accompanying guitars, mandolin, and percussion are
you'd like clever folk music.
Americana Singer-Songwriter, "All the Pretty Girls"
You're going to take this record far, man.
The production is great. The writing is POWERS.
And the grit is Sandy.
I REALLY like it. Spurlock
knows what the hell he is doing, too.
I want to meet Tommy soon. You need to get this
to Americana-ville, on the pronto.
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