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Madison Hudson drops “Too Shy” on iTunes today!

Madison Hudson onstage at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

The 14 year old music phenom from Wheatland, California released her latest single “Too Shy,” on iTunes today(UPDATE – now available on Amazon). This is her 3rd single to be released

Hudson’s first single “I Don’t Care,” was released when she was only 13. She followed that up with “Tommy,” which has a great driving beat and allowed Hudson to showcase her vocals, punctuating the reason I believe this young lady is headed for the big time. You can also view “Tommy” on Youtube featuring some of her friends.

So what do we have to look forward to with “Too Shy?” It’s a catchy tune with a memorable chorus that will have listeners singing along after their first listen. There’s also some great guitar work interspersed throughout the song.

According to Hudson, “Too Shy” is really about her personality and how she’s always been the shy type.

It’s a great tune that tells a story of how she wants to let someone know how much she cares for them but she’s too shy. While the lyrics are pretty much what you’d expect from a 14 year old, her sound is not so typical and you can hear as you listen to each of her singles how she is quickly growing as an artist.

Go over to iTunes or Amazon and check it out!

Better yet, buy all three of her singles to show your support and then you can tell all your friends you heard her first!


 

The Next American Idol?

Brancombe Richmond and Madison Hudson

Madison Hudson is a name you may not know ““ yet.

I was first introduced to Hudson’s singing abilities at, of all places, a Doobie Brothers concert at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. Film star and singer, Branscombe Richmond brought Hudson up on stage to sing “Listen to the Music,” along with the Doobie Brothers.

Madison Hudson is a 14 year old country pop singer from the small town of Wheatland, located in rural Northern California.

Hudson and her parents realized she was a talented singer back when she was in the first grade, when she scored a solo portion of a class song.

It was soon after her first grade solo that Hudson started recording cover songs. Not wanting to simply do cover songs that others have created, Hudson teamed up with songwriter Amy Ayres. Hudson provides her thoughts and ideas and Amy puts pen to paper, while husband Rich Ayres puts it all together at River City Recording. Based on the couple of songs available on iTunes, I would say the process is working.

Hudson’s first single “I Don’t Care,” may have been a bit challenging, with several high notes interspersed throughout the song. However, by stretching her voice between the highs and lows, she pulled off a memorable performance.

Listening to Hudson’s second single “Tommy,” it’s quite obvious that she’s growing as a singer and an individual. “Tommy” has a great driving beat and allows Hudson to showcase her vocals, punctuating the reason I believe this young lady is headed for fame and fortune. You can also view the video (above) of “Tommy” on Youtube featuring some of her friends.

Her latest single “Too Shy” is due out on April 6th. Hudson says “Too Shy,” is really about her personality and how she’s always been shy. She’s going to have to get over that since she’s scheduled to perform at a number of local events throughout the summer.

I like refer to Hudson’s sound as Taylor Swift with attitude.

As Hudson matures with age and her vocals grow, so will her unique and individual sound, and someday, in the not so distant future, a throng of fans will be lined up for autographs, with the desire to sound just like Madison Hudson.

Is American Idol in her future?

Hey! You heard it hear first.

(To my readers who love to edit my work ““ I know here is misspelled ““ I’m envoking my poetic license)

 

 

Longtime Drummer for Doobie Brothers Dies

The Doobie Brothers in 2011 - Click for more images

Longtime drummer for the Doobie Brothers Michael “‘Big Mike’ Hossack died at his home after battling cancer in Dubois, Wyoming, on Monday at the age of 65.

Big Mike was a member of the Doobie Brothers between 1971 and 1973, during which time he played on several of the Doobie Brothers best-known hits, including “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Listen to the Music” and “China Grove.”

Returning to the band in 1987 he remained until his health took a turn for the worse in 2010

The Doobie Brothers had released a statement in January letting Hossack’s fans know that he was improving slowly.

The Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston remembered Hossack, “Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers; from our earliest singles, like China Grove and Blackwater to our most recent single Brighter Day.   He was an incredible musician, a studio quality drummer.  The last few years, he was brave and determined to keep on playing in the face of ill health, and I will always admire him for that.  He was a terrific dad and family man, and we will all miss him.”

The Doobie’s Pat Simmons, who was a close friend of Hossack’s, said, “When my kids were little, they used to call him Big Mike, because to them he was such a big guy.  But to me and those who knew him, he had an even a bigger heart.  We were friends for 43 years and we shared some wonderful adventures together, times I will never forget.  Thanks for all those wonderful memories Mike, and all the great music. We love you.”

 

He will be missed.

 

Doobies Smokin’ at Thunder Valley

Doobie Brothers Concert Photography

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The Doobie Brothers performed at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort to a sold out crowd Friday night.

For those of you who don’t know the Doobie Brothers, they are rock group who formed in the “’70s and were originally called Pud. Yes, I said Pud. One can only thank the heavens they decided to change their name to the Doobie Brothers. And yes, the name comes from that stuff referred to as pot. When smoked it’s also referred to as a joint, reefer, stick, roach, or a doobie.

Hey, can you spare a doobie, brother? I know. I crack myself up, too.

Opening with “Jesus is Just Alright,” the eight man band consisting of two drummers, three guitarists, bassist, saxophonist, and keyboardist, kicked it into high gear from the very start. During their performance there were a lot of guitar changes, sometimes several per song. The guitars included four that were set up on their own stands waiting for those magical fingers of Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, John McFee, and John Cowan.

As the sun made its way down, all the phones and cameras in the crowd were reminiscent of those late-night concerts with everyone holding up their lighters, paying homage to the band. The band got plenty of coverage with all those lights shining in the night.

Towards the middle of the set, the band played a couple of songs off their new album, “World Gone Crazy,” including “Far From Home.” Up to this point, the majority of the crowd had been on their feet. “Far From Home” had everyone sitting down relaxing to a very mellow soulful sound that was both touching and inspiring. You can hear the bands maturity both emotionally and musically in the song as well as others from their new album. It’s obvious these guys are comfortable with who they are.

When they played “Back to the Chateau,” also from their new album, the audience was back on their feet, fists pumping and bodies shaking. The song is a reminder of the Doobie Brothers of yesterday, with a driving beat and pure rock “‘n’ roll. As I was watching the crowd’s reaction, I realized it was a great mix of young and old. There was a young, fully tattooed guy with his fists up in the air, shaking his body, while right next to him was an older, gray-haired guy with his fists up in the air, shaking his body. It’s obvious the music of the Doobie Brothers has transcended a generation – or two.

When the band started “Black Water,” the crowd immediately joined in. Everyone was singing, including bartenders, security personnel, and ushers. However, the band abruptly stopped and told security to back away from the stage and let people dance. Johnston kept on security until they moved away from the front of the stage and let people up to the front.

To anyone who didn’t make it out to the concert and thought to themselves, not interested in listening to some old boring southern style rock band, you made a huge mistake. Don’t make the same mistake next time.

The Doobies got their start in San Jose, California and have remained a Northern California band.  With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veterans John McFee and Michael Hossack, the Doobies have sold over 30 million albums and continue to tour bringing their high energy performance to as many people as possible. With their recent release of their new album “World Gone Crazy,” the bands offerings grow in unexpected and new directions. With various flavors of rock with just the right mix of jazz, blues and country there’s bound to be a number of hits from this album and they are sure to gain a fan or two.

Band members: Guy Allison (keyboard/vocals), John Cowan (Bass/vocals), Tom Johnston (vocals/guitar), John McFee (guitar, strings, vocals), Tony Pia (Drums), Marc Russo (sax), Pat Simmons (guitar/vocals), Ed Toth (drums).

Thunder Valley Casino and Resort has both an Amphitheater and an indoor stage bringing the area a wide variety of talent from around the world. Their outdoor concert series is in full swing with scheduled appearances by Huey Lewis, Gabriel Iglesias, Hall and Oates, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.

Each Sunday from noon to 5p.m., you can now party poolside with music, drink specials, giveaways and contests. You can purchase tickets at Thunder Valley or online. Go checkout what a AAA four diamond rated hotel is really like!

Set list:Jesus is Just Alright
Dangerous
Rockin Down the Highway
Take Me in Your Arms
Clear as the Driven Snow
Nobody
Far From Home
World Gone Crazy
Back to the Chateau
Takin it to the Streets
Don’t Start Me Talkin
Little Bitty Pretty One
Black Water
Long Train Runnin
China Grove
Without You
Listen to the Music

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