Folksy moth­er­son duo you need in your life

Edmonton Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

Sure, the idea of a mother-and-son mu­si­cal duo is adorable enough for you to want to check out their mu­sic or at­tend their live show.

But what’s even bet­ter? the mu­sic is good. Like, re­ally good.

the Ra­dio Win­ners, the new EP from Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, is an ex­cep­tional

six-song set fea­tur­ing beau­ti­ful sto­ry­telling and pierc­ing lyrics wo­ven into folk, rock, roots and acous­tic sounds.

the Kansas City-based duo made up of Ruth Ward and her son, Madisen, have been build­ing a buzz by per­form­ing at cof­fee shops, mu­sic fes­ti­vals and con­certs pro­mot­ing their ex­cel­lent 2015 de­but al­bum, Skele­ton Crew. On the new project, they’ve mas­tered har­mo­niza­tion — I mean, they are fam­ily af­ter all — and the tunes are both rich and re­lat­able. Madisen’s vo­cals are strik­ing and in­tense, with Ruth com­ing in with ease on the songs, and at the per­fect mo­ments, es­pe­cially on Hell and Back and Fam­ily Trea­son.

Ruth and Madisen co-wrote each song, also work­ing with grammy-win­ner nathan Chap­man — who pro­duced on tay­lor Swift’s first five al­bums — and Ryan Had­lock, best known for his work with the Lu­m­i­neers, on the six tracks.

Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear The Ra­dio Win­ners (Glass­note)

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