"Your first lines are always strong in literally every song. Good stuff!
Keep up the great work. It was an honor to meet you!"
Jaye Albright,
Albright & O'Malley Country Consulting/RadioIQ,
Bainbridge Island, WA, US

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BIOGRAPHY

Live In Nashville, with its acoustic interpretations of heartfelt RyLee Madison compositions, is an artistic landmark for this beloved singer-songwriter. Collaborating with talented friends and once again working alongside her husband and co-producer, Clay Krasner, Madison's new record harkens to her love of live acoustic music.

Citing as inspiration the daily writing and creating she does in her Tennessee "she-shed" which she affectionately calls RyLee's Roost - "The Shack In The Back", Madison has been imagining this project since renovating her shed in 2012.

The result consists of six of Madison's songs plus one very special cover song. They are all recorded live off the floor just as she writes them, giving the listener an experience much like if they were sitting alongside her in her Roost.

The EP was recorded in Madison's back yard in Nashville, the very same neighborhood in which fellow Nova Scotian Hank Snow resided as well as Maybelle Carter. With the hope of capturing some of her neighborhood's historic vibe, over the period of three spring days with a handful of songs, a collection of talented musicians and eight microphones, Madison and one sound engineer squeezed into her 160-square foot "she-shed". The result is like no other recording RyLee Madison has ever released. Madison says "Singing and playing live is very different from singing to tracks. Much in the way records we once recorded, we averaged three or four takes per song and then selected our favorite for the EP. I believe we captured the energy of the Roost and its surroundings in a very organic way, much how the songs are written in here. On one track "Can't Make You Stay", if you listen closely near the end of the song, you can hear the birds chirping outside. I love that."

Madison's neighbor, Joe Fick (who plays Elvis's bass player in the movie "Walk The Line") joins her on upright bass, Scott Bernard (lead guitarist for Kenny Loggins), Tenille and Clay Krasner (bass player for Terri Clark) join her on acoustic guitar and fellow Nova Scotian Kris Richards joins in on the gandolin (a mandolin strung like a guitar). Madison also accompanies herself on all tracks switching between acoustic guitar and gandolin, a first for this seasoned artist. Madison collaborated with fellow Canadian songwriters Tenille, Sydney Mae & Danielle Lowe on this recording as well as Clay and Ron Robinson with the remaining tracks penned solo. A seventh track, "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" is a very special addition. Written by A.P Carter, this classic song is one everyone knows and loves. Better still is the fact that RyLee is performing it with her good friend, a third generation Maybelle Carter Family member, Lorrie Carter Bennett. Lorrie is the daughter of country music legend Anita Carter and niece of Johnny Cash & June Carter. Lorrie has many fond memories of spending time with her grandmother Maybelle Carter right across the street from RyLee's Roost, which makes having her on this recording very poignant.

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