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Roanoke, Virginia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | SELF

Roanoke, Virginia, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2004
Band Rock Alternative


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"Madrone Newspaper Review"

“Whereas 90% of the harder bands around town get lost when the pace slows, Madrone shines....brightly. As they drop the noise level, the beats become more intricate and the bass begins to sway hypnotically. For most acts, playing the decelerated part in a song means strumming the same 4 chords they've been playing, just without all the distortion. The guitars I heard went in a different direction, abruptly taking the shape of early Zeppelin with the airy quality of U2”. - The Roanoke Times Newspaper

"Madrone Radio Review"

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.” - 102.1 the X - Richmond's Rock Station

"Madrone Radio Review"

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” - 106.1 WJJS Top 40 Roanoke Station

"Madrone Record Label Review"

Scott Enright – A&R – Interscope Records – “I love the sound, dig the “TOOL” vibe!” - Interscope Records


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


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Magnificent, dramatic, exciting, mystical, inspiring, magical, sensual ... these are some of the words people use to describe the Madrone Tree, a favorite of the hardwood trees of the Pacific Northwest. But to JD Sutphin, the Madrone signifies so much more. It represents strength, family and legacy... three ideals that have also shaped Sutphin as a musician and a songwriter.
Literally born into music, as the grandson of the late prominent bluegrass and country artist Jim Freeman, Sutphin has always had the desire to create and perform music in his veins. In fact, he wrote his first song on Freemans 1961 Martin within one week of receiving it as a gift from his grandmother. Referring to it as his birth right, the singer, songwriter and guitarist has made it his lifes journey to perfect his craft and create music that had roots ...establish his own living legacy if you will.
Sutphins mission didnt take long. He met drummer Joseph Coleman when he was just 17 and the two quickly started performing at shows packed with more than 2,000 fans. Bassist Blaine Davis was welcomed into the band after filling in for the existing bassist for a powerhouse performance that not only rocked the thousands of teens at the show but also solidified himself as the official new bassist for the band. Madrone worked on and off as a three piece act until finding Dana Cox in 2012 finally solidifying their lineup.
Much like its namesake, Madrone is ethereal, with a sound that emanates strong melodies that are supported by slamming catchy drum beats and modern, almost industrial bass lines. Their hit single November best depicts the bands range with Sutphin describing it as everything we do as a band. From the ethereal lead and synth lines, to heavy guitars and subject matter very close to my heart, it's everything I ever wanted in a Madrone song.
November is just one of many of the masterpieces created by Madrone in the past decade. The group has spent nine years writing and recording two full length albums and two EPs and are currently working on their next project an album that Sutphin says is by far their most melodic, and most expansive collection of songs we've ever recorded, yet unlike our other records, this feels the most cohesive and an example of what "Madrone" sounds like.

Continuously growing, yet staying true to its roots, Madrone is very much like the magnificent tree of the Pacific Northwest. It is earnest in its journey while grounded to the fundamentals that shape the band. As Sutphin said, Playing music is not about making a living. It's living in the music..

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