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Telluride Blues & Brews Festival | Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear


Thursday, 15th at 9:00 pm (Sheridan Opera House) // Friday, 16th at 2:50 pm (Main Stage)

Madisen Ward and his mother, Ruth Ward, aka Mama Bear, are a breath of fresh air. Their familial bonds are strong and intuitive, making their music unique and enchanting. While they’ve made the rounds of this land, including an appearance on NPR’s program, Tiny Desk Concerts, their music sources from the family front porch. It’s as homey as a kitchen jam session, and is rooted in gospel, blues and country folk. Mama Bear lays down a propulsive rhythm guitar strum, supporting her son’s wise-beyond-his years vocals. They create music that is joyful, hopeful and is a slave for the bruised soul. Their one and only record – so far – Skeleton Crew, was pressed on yellow vinyl, Mama Bear’s favorite color. This is music sweet and endearing, music that stays with you long after the record is back in its sleeve.

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