Maddi Mae’s November Newsletter (2019)

Throwback to Maddi Mae’s first magazine feature (2015). In Warrenton Lifestyle, photographed and interviewed by Krysta Norman.

Public performances:

Saturday, November 2nd – Magnolia Winery in Amissville, VA

Three-set solo performance
2:00 – 5:00 PM
FREE (no cover)
Facebook Event Page & RSVP: Click HERE

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery
200 View Town Road
Amissville, VA 20106
(703) 785-8190

Sunday, November 10th – Desert Rose Winery in Hume, VA

Three-set solo performance
2:00 – 5:00 PM
FREE (no cover)
Facebook Event Page & RSVP: Click HERE

Desert Rose Ranch & Winery
13726 Hume Road
Hume, VA 22639
(540) 635-3200

To book Maddi Mae, email mhicks.musician@gmail.com. Available for weddings and private events as well as public performances.

News:

Successful Week Recording in Flagstaff, AZ

During the week of October 14 – 20, I recorded four more songs with Kyle Miller of Lore Audio Provisions in Flagstaff, AZ, completing a debut six-song record to be released in 2020.  To read about my previous recording session with Kyle, click HERE.

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                  Ben Lippard on drums. Maddi Mae listening. Photo by sound engineer and mentor, Kyle Miller.

The Fourth Song

To prep for that week of recording, I had demoed out three of the four songs at home and had a solid grasp on what I wanted to make, but the fourth was troubling me. The song I wanted to record most was the one that posed the most risk for me; it’s a satirical, spicy, mixed-bag song written directly to a person I don’t actually know by whom I felt unjustly targeted and attacked. To be blunt, I was scared of coming off as bitchy, calloused, and shallow. The song resonated with so much emotion and truth for me though, and I think I was just waiting for some sort of cosmic confirmation that the song had to be made.

A couple of weeks before my studio time (and about eight months after she initially decided I was her enemy), the person to whom I wrote that song found me online and lashed out at me with some truly hateful, nasty words.

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                  Maddi and Kyle outside of the Lore Audio studio.

The song made the record.

A Peek of the Week in Bullets

  • I took my first ride with a personal driver. While I tried to sleep, he told me all about how the music business is trash.
  • We recorded most of the four songs in the first two and a half days. Thank goodness, because I ended up getting strep throat half-way through the week.
  • The session drummer, Ben Lippard (who played for every song on the record), is from Georgia. We talked about ditching our Southern accents to avoid stigma.
  • This one is for the gearheads: We learned a lesson about intonation from Kyle’s beautiful new Baja Telecaster. After hours recording out-of-tune leadwork, we took the guitar for a setup and learned that the stock saddle system for a Baja Tele (which uses one barrel for two strings) is an intonational nightmare. Kyle had it replaced with a similar system that allows for diagonal manipulation and a much better sound.
  • One night, I borrowed the car and drove to the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park in Sedona, stopping along the switchbacks to wander around a creek surrounded by golden aspens below a towering red butte. On the way back, I stopped for olive oil gelato and walked downtown where I sat with some folks on the corner and found new meaning for one of the songs on the record called “If You Wanna Stay.”
  • Sharing food with people is one of the most tender, wonderful parts of human life. Meals with Kyle, Gretta, and their family were highlights for me, especially Gretta’s home-made soup (helped with that strep throat for sure).

If all goes well, I’ll be releasing the first single from the album in January 2020.

Photos from an evening in Sedona. Top right, Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park.

Middleburg Life Feature by Jen Gail Gray

In late September, I met up with photographer and stylist Jen Gail Gray in Marshall, VA. Her photoshoot and interview with me are featured in the November issue of Middleburg Life, to be released on November 6th. The article should be live online later in the week at this link. Follow Jen on Instagram @gailseverafter.

Maddi Mae’s First Sofar Sounds Show

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Maddi Mae performing for Sofar Sounds.

On October 25th, I played my first show for Sofar Sounds in Richmond, VA at the Black Iris Gallery & Social Club.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concert series, it works like this: Sofar’s site explains that “a Sofar gig is an intimate show held in a unique venue, like someone’s living room or an antique shop. It typically features three artists, playing four songs each. Every lineup is specially curated to give our audiences a diverse show.” The kicker is that the audience members apply to purchase concert tickets for a specific city and date without knowing the venue or the artists; they’re in it to discover and really engage with musicians in a new environment.

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                      At Black Iris Gallery in Richmond, VA.

The show was so good for me. The room was full of the kind of listeners I crave. Even though I was one of six people dressed up for the Halloween theme (in full skeleton cowboy garb, mind you), I felt the audience soaking me up with genuine respect and love for the stories and the delivery. They laughed and applauded and made me feel heard; they received my songs, allowing me to be the giver I want to be. 

The cherry on top: sharing the night with talented folk. For beat-boxing, check out Exacto (@exactobbx). For rock’n’roll, check out Prabir (@prabirrva). And for an exceptional sound guy, check out Matt (@ryelisky). Thanks to Erica for organizing the event.

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Maddi and her partner Tanner as cowboy skeletons.

Making a Music Video for “Here Right Now”

I’m so excited to be making a music video for the first single off the 2020 record with director/cinematographer Levi Magyar and his team on November 8th and 9th. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’m still looking for extras to be in a scene on Saturday the 9th, 1-5pm. Shoot me a message on social media or at mhicks.musician@gmail.com ASAP if you’re interested.

Engage:

Stream “Sunshine” and “Too Good to Be True” on bandcamp.
Follow Maddi Mae on Facebook.
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Special thanks this month to my partner Tanner Carlton and my best friend Val Amster. Also, Kyle and Gretta Miller, Ben Lippard, Levi Magyar, Jen Gail Gray, Craig Dye, Michelle and Kevin Gates, Tyler Cebula, Francine Jones, Rebecca Zinn, Menzie Pittman, Eric and Mandy Keene, Brian Lichorowic, Dan Barrett, and everyone who made it out to a show and/or engaged with me on social media in October. ♥

Coming Soon…

January 2020 Single & Music Video Release Announcement
Shows at Songbyrd, Old Bust Head, Raven’s Nest, and @4410
Christmas Music Specials ft. Wine Thief
Songwriting Clinic with Maddi Mae at Contemporary Music Center