Lizzie Harrah/The Madisons
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Lizzie Harrah/The Madisons

Greeneville, Tennessee, United States

Greeneville, Tennessee, United States
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"Lizzie Harrah"

Lizzie Harrah is a producer, engineer, songwriter, keyboardist, and singer. She was described by Billy Gibbons as, “the perfect woman due to her ability to discuss the 3 Gs - gear, gaming and guitars”. We first met when I was visiting my best friend, Roger Tausz, at his job at Digital Services recording studio where Lizzie was engineering tracks for ZZ Top.
- Guitar School Magazine /Texas Blues Jam, Guy Schwartz – Music Editor


"The Little Chicago Blues and Roots Revue prepares to invade the Down Home"

GoTriCities

(Down Home, Johnson City ) Lizzie Harrah and Ruel Russell are the core members of this group that hailed out of Houston, Texas for many years, where The Madisons was one of the favorite acts in the region.
Lizzie Harrah is a musical story in and of herself. A composer (for five years scoring and engineering numerous compositions for commercial advertising clients), recording artist (voice and keys talent for Timbuk3, Michael Jackson, and ZZ Top amongst many), and studio ace (having spent seventeen years working solely for ZZ Top where she pre-produced, arranged, engineered, and mixed their studio sessions).
Lizzie and Ruel now live and work in both Tennessee and Texas. The Madisons have been playing for over twelve years and have released their fourth album “Do You Love Me” on RoofDog Records.
- GoTriCities.com, Staff Report


"A Review"

The Madisons. Oh, yeah -- what a smooth act this is. Ruel Russell, the bass player, calls it "Torchy Blues". He and drummer Lee Hamilton nail down the rhythm section like a pair of psycho twins linked together at the groove. They are beyond tight. Together they are a band themselves.
The "Torchy" part comes from the vocal work of Lizzie Harrah. Her smoky-smooth vocals drip all over the lyrics and melody with confidence, presence, and sincere conviction. She works it like the pro she is and flows in and around the music. Her incidental keyboard playing adds another dimension to the music, as well.
Twin guitars from Rusty Stone (honest!) and Teri Greene round out the act. I mean, is there a band in town that hasn't had Greene in it at one time or another, or wished it did? His right-hand work on the guitar is the stuff of legend. Watch him use every stroke, pull, pinch, tap, kill, pluck, and nail imaginable on a single song. He does all this with such a smooth elegance that it goes unnoticed if you aren't paying close attention. So watch him play, don't just listen, and more than a few of us guitarists can get a free lesson.
Rusty Stone has the other guitar duties in the band and oh, man, has this guy ever developed a style. He is first of all a tone monster. Just the right amounts of clarity, power, grit, and scream. Damn it, I'm thinking of stealing his rig (but then I would have to steal his style, too). He is a master of the melodic lead. His pulls and whammy bar stuff exudes precision and beauty. When this act gets itself whipped into a voodoo frenzy, you can't help but find yourself rocking in your seat or getting up to move. My-tee-fyne. - Space City Rock, Bob Wall - Music Reviewer


"The Madisons"

Sultry blues and jazz undertones mark the spot for this Houston combo. The Madisons, featuring Miss Lizzie Harrah have released "DRIVE" and it's a journey into the no-deejay, swinging paradise, after-hours blues scene. Close your eyes and you'll smell the smoke-filled rooms where forbidden lovers dance cheek to cheek to the sounds of today, riding the rhythm rails of yesteryear. Lizzie Harrah's voice is honed just for this, and the arrangements make the disc a must-own for mature blues fans and 'newbies' alike. One listen makes you a fan of the music, and a second time through gets you into the world of Harrah whose words are at times almost too poetic for the soul-searching jazz-influenced blues. There are no mindless twelve-bar trips to nothingness on this album. Welcome to Lizzie's Lounge, grab a seat, fire up a stogie and prepare for a movement of the soul. - My Texas Music


"Static"

The Madisons, Drive -- The creation of enigmatic producer/musician/performer Lizzie Harrah, the Madisons are the Hollisters' Denny Dale (upright bass) and Houston live-music fixtures Stevie Wilson (drums) and Teri Greene (guitar). Recorded live at Houston's Digital Services, Drive retains a lazy, altogether intimate feel. But the guys are kept on their toes by Harrah's nimble piano work and sultry, sentimental originals, which run the gamut from loungey swing and saloon-style ragtime jazz to simmering rhythm and blues, and the occasional soul/pop torch ballad. - Houston Press, Hobart Rowland - Music Editor


Discography

Drive - 1999

Live from the Balinese Room - 2001

Good Time and Money- 2002

Zanzibar - 2005

Do You Love Me -2008 (available to stream at http://www.madisonsmusic.com/- )

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Lizzie Harrah was a studio musician and voice talent for major recording artists Timbuk 3, Michael Jackson, ZZ Top, Van Wilks, Rocky Hill, Little Joe y La Familia, and Random House Audio Books. Her band, The Madisons, have been recording and playing in the Southern US for fifteen years.

Although Lizzie writes most of the material, each album and live performance is a culmination of original music from all four members. They are known for their stunning four-part harmonies.

The band is completing their fifth studio album, due for release in May 2011.