Maddi Mae’s January Newsletter (2020)

Photo by Jennifer Gray


Saturday, January 4th
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Colonial Tavern
406 Lafayette Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Opening for the Bobby Thompson Trio ft. Ben Tufts and Christopher Brown
With Tanner Carlton
Free (no cover)

Saturday, January 11th
4:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Johnny Monarch’s
8374 W Main St
Marshall, VA 20155
The first of Johnny Monarch’s Intimate Evening with the Artist series.  “Enjoy the unique experience of interacting with one of our area’s finest local musicians while eating a three-course gourmet meal on our double-decker bus.”

Reservations are required due to limited seating.
Call (540) 878-3555
$45 per person
Event page: Click HERE

Friday, January 24th
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Raven’s Nest Coffee House
215 E Davis St
Culpeper, VA 22701
For the second iteration of The Nest After Hours with Wine Thief
Free (no cover)


Songwriting Clinic with Maddi Mae

I am instructing a six-week songwriting clinic at Contemporary Music Center in Haymarket, VA. The class will meet each Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, January 23rd through February 27th. This course will cover structures for writing music, processes for lyricists, and performance skills. To read more about prerequisites and curriculum and/or to register for the class, click HERE.

December Performance Recap

Bobby Thompson, Ben Tufts, Maddi Mae, and Tanner Carlton at Contemporary Music Center, photo by Val Amster

I felt quiet and didn’t send out a December newsletter – not because I didn’t have special shows scheduled. I put on a Christmas special for Old Bust Head Brewing Company‘s Holiday Market, opened a show for Ward Hayden and the Outliers and performed for Raven Nest Coffee House‘s first after-hours music event as half of Wine Thief, played an emotionally-charged and super-heavy opening solo set at Songbyrd Music House, and co-headlined Contemporary Music Center‘s Holiday Concert with Bobby Thompson. Thanks to Tanner Carlton for accompanying me not just as the other half of Wine Thief, but also as my drummer and backup vocalist.

Thanks for the ride, 2019.

Maddi Mae and Tan, photo by Johnny Mercer

I played forty-five shows, co-wrote six songs for Wine Thief and wrote a dozen for myself, recorded six songs, filmed my first two music videos, designed and sold out of my first batch of merch, and celebrated a year of independently teaching private lessons.

I spent six weeks away from home – five weeks driving across the United States and another week recording in Arizona. I connected with the person I think I want to be my partner here on earth and spent most of a year loving him more every day.

My intention for the year was to observe and appreciate earth magic, and I feel like I harvested a true bounty of it. I want to keep it all protected and safe in my privacy, but know that my imagination and my heart are like two big peaceful boulders nestled side by side in a riverbed with all of the magic moving above them like mountain water.

Welcome, 2020.

Y’all know I’ve got songs burning a hole in my pocket. In the very near future, expect a special edition of the newsletter detailing release info.

Start of the decade vs. end of the decade