Inspired, epic, melodic rock: Madrone
300+ shows in the past 2 years. Touring fulltime for 2013.
Single - "Daybreak" achieved top 50 on the national Mainstream Rock Chart (via Mediabase).
"MUSE and Metallica had a baby raised by the Foo Fighters"
Virginia’s premiere unsigned rock act; Madrone combine intricate riffs, earth shaking drums, driving bass, and impassioned vocals to form a sound unlike any other.
The band has performed over 700 shows in the 6 years they've been together.
Madrone's most recent single gained nationwide radio support, achieving #50 on the national Mainstream Rock Charts and was the only unsigned band in the top 200 at that time.
Madrone has toured extensively throughout the East Coast and midwestern states playing alongside such national acts as Filter, Staind, Papa Roach, Three Doors Down, Theory of a Deadman, Hinder, Fuel, Shinedown, Chevelle, Drowning Pool, Halestorm and more.
With Madrone there is more than music, there’s a story.
Sutphin calls music “my birth right” and he’s not kidding. His grandfather, Jim Freeman was a music leader within the country and bluegrass scene of the 1960’s and 70’s. He toured the country, recorded several albums, appearing on dozens of radio and television stations and even taught college level music theory.
Tragically his life was cut short on the 4th of July 1974, eleven years before John was born. His prized 1961 Martin guitar was locked away the day he died only to be opened 24 years later when John’s grandmother presented it to him as a gift as he had just begun playing guitar.
It was within a week of receiving the guitar Sutphin wrote his first song. And since then every Madrone song has come from Sutphin’s “holy grail” instrument.
Joseph Coleman, drummer and percussionist for Madrone; met John when he was only 15 years old yet was already a veteran of the budding music scene. “I heard John play in other bands but I knew something was missing… me” Coleman says such in a direct way you instantly see that he speaks how he plays and performs; with honesty and an unbridled passion for his craft.
A professionally trained percussionist and accomplished drum teacher, Coleman was on the hunt to find a band that true to his “metal roots” but didn’t want to be in another cookie cutter hardcore band. “John and I have that Metallica.. Hetfield/Ulrich connection…with him doing the guitars and vocals we’re able to write so much so quickly, to the point that practice sessions have to be recorded so we don’t forget anything!”
Blaine Davis, the third and final piece of the puzzle came to the band in a way true to his own personality and certainly his playing, spontaneous. “The band had a show on a Friday for 1500 people and their bass player wasn’t going to be able to do it, I came to their rehearsal space the Tuesday before and that Friday we ended up playing to over 2000 kids and we haven’t looked back since.” An amazing multi-instrumentalist Blaine excels (to the point of making John nervous) on guitar as well as piano and his first instrument, drums. “I think my connection to the drums really helps Joey and I lock into a groove together, it’s almost an unspoken thing drummers have with each other.”
These are just a few of the stories within Madrone, yet there are countless more within the songs of this band on the brink of something spectacular. Madrone invites you to take a ride with a band ready to captivate your mind and welcome you to find your own story within their music.
Here’s what some people have said of Madrone:
Casey Krukowski – Program Director/Music Director Rock 102.1 the X Richmond Va - “Madrone kicks ass! These guys not only rock hard but also have monster, radio friendly hooks that appeal to all rock fans. Madrone has the “it” factor and work ethic you just don’t see out of many bands today.”
Cisqo – Program Director/Music Director Top 40 106.1 WJJS Roanoke, Va – “I grew up back in PA watching LIVE and FUEL blow up, and they have this same kind of spark...and the ladies love 'em”
John Persinger – The Roanoke Times Newspaper –“Whereas 90% of the harder bands around town get lost when the pace slows, Madrone shines....b
April 2007 - EP - "Cause and Compromise"
May 2008 - Full Length - "In Time"
June 2009 - EP - "The Glass Man"
March 2010 - "Daybreak" Single - 5 Year EP(#50 Mainstream Rock Hit)
June 2011 - "Karma Catastrophe" Full Length
June 2012 - "The House of Ghosts" single
Madrone is known to perform in a variety of settings.
Typically, Madrone shares the bill with other artists, filling a 35-50 minute set of hard-hitting originals spanning from a back-catalogue of catchy vocal hooks, heavy instrumental sections, melodic and harmonizing guitar riffs, and expansive passages that takes the audience to a new territory that is both uncharted and familiar.
Madrone also books "evening with" performances. The band will play sets of original music but highlights each set with great cover songs, paying tribute to the artists that inspired them like Pink Floyd, U2, The Beatles and Tom Petty, to modern favorites like Tool, Deftones, and the Foo Fighters. These shows are perfect for events, college nights, bars, and more.
Madrone is also available for lighter, acoustic performances for smaller rooms, cafes, bars, and listening parties. These performances feature tribal hand drums, gorgeous dreadnought acoustics, and occasionally feature guest artists and