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The Medders

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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"The Medders (Independently released CD, Pop)"

(Rating: 5++)
The debut full-length release from The Medders who are now based in Nashville, Tennessee. These guys write and record what might best be described as...just plain ol' good music. You won't hear any grating scratching going on here...no clever studio tricks crashing through the speakers...and no thick walls of digital overdubs used to make up for a lack of good songs. Nope, none of the usual tricks here...because when you have good songs, you don't need tricks and gimmicks to try to deceive the public. True, these tunes are a bit more laidback than what the casual listener probably wants...but in a world where everyone is trying way too hard and turning things up way too loud, in this case the subtle approach works. Nice simple arrangements allow you to concentrate on the vocal melodies and lyrics...both of which are superb throughout. Ten neat cuts here including "Gunslinger," "Win Win," "Funeral Rose," and "Terminus." Recommended. - Babysue


"Pleasant rambling mix of folk and country from yet another talented youngster."

Cheyenne Medders - Carry Us Away
***1/2
(self release)
Born and raised in northern Georgia, 24-year-old Cheyenne Medders has been writing and recording songs since the age of 12. This, his debut release, comprises 13 of his own compositions and is a very pleasant mix of styles and musical texture. It could be said Carry Us Away is just another mix of singer-songwriter fare that is currently so much in vogue, but this release does seem to have an interesting and unusual twist. An accomplished musician, Cheyenne plays both guitar, bass and piano and helping him out on this release are his brother Will on percussion, violinist Mike Butera, Charlie White on pedal steel and an unusual horn section charmingly named the Farm Cats.
The neo-classical instrumental "Ava" is a real surprise, a beautiful tune that verges on new age or ambient, a little gem that breaks the album up perfectly. As is so often the case, subject matter for most songs are love, lost love and longing, but Cheyenne does have an edge, as on my favourite track, "In Jehovah's Light," the song has the feel and structure of a modern day Hymn with quite a few religious references and delivered in a beautiful and emotional way, very different, very good. "Stomach, TX" has quite a bluegrass feel and shows off the guitar prowess of Cheyenne perfectly and also has an unusual choral vibe towards the end of the track, very unusual. The same can be said for the final track, "My Sweet Darlin's Home", a traditional love song with an unusual Romeo and Juliet theme, but again original and unique. Don't be fooled into thinking though that this is the last track, wait a few seconds and another song starts, the title of which I think is "Ember" and is well worth waiting for. Unfortunately, the weakest cut on the album is the opener entitled "California?" A song about dreaming for the love of a California girl. The opening track on any album should gain your attention and make you look forward to the rest of the songs. Indeed the second track "The Ways Of My Love" is far better and should have been used as the opening track, hence the album not gaining a higher star rating. Don't let that put you off taking a chance with this album, as overall Carry Us Away is a cut above the rest and well worth a listen. JHS - Maverick


""Gunslinger" - The Medders"

A sweeping, melancholy ballad with solid (but not annoying) country-western roots, "Gunslinger" tells a woeful tale with care, finesse, and canny harmonies. Constructed without a chorus, the song steadfastly repeats an eight-measure melody, with some instrumental breaks, all the while building in intensity both musically and lyrically. I like the great combination of deliberation and power on display, which gives this slower-paced song a vehemence normally achieved, in rock, through speed and volume. And the male-female harmonies are not just a boon but may well be the ultimate key to how well "Gunslinger" works, adding to the song's pathos and musicality simultaneously. The all-male Medders employed singer Priscilla Jeschke for the job; note she is also lead singer Cheyenne Medders' girlfriend.
The Medders are a quartet from Nashville featuring three brothers--Cheyenne, Carson, and Will--who themselves are the sons of singer/songwriter Jule Medders. Their self-titled, self-released, and self-assured debut album is scheduled for a September release.

by Jeremy Schlosberg
07/14/09 - Fingertips


Discography

Cheyenne Medders solo:

Carry Us Away (LP) 2006 self-release
-"Nicer Things" radio airplay on Lightning 100.1 Nashville

Kiss with Busted Lips (LP) 2007 self-release
"Dark and warm, like a cup of coffee at noonday in a small town shop. Full of melody and layered meaning, reminiscent of Wilco's Summerteeth." - AltCountry NL

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Bio

Cheyenne, Carson and Will Medders, the sons of a songwriter, grew up in northern Georgia running around in the woods, inventing games, and banging around on old guitars and drum sets. The boys became men and all went to the same college in Arkansas, where they were discovered by a young piano and computer wizard from New York named Joshua Stauter. Cheyenne, who had been making up songs on guitar for ten years, had always wanted a piano player, being under the influence of Wilco, Elton John and Ben Folds Five. It was 2004 when this current lineup began playing shows. However, Cheyenne moved to Nashville in 2005 and made two solo records while the other boys finished school. The second of these featured both Will and Joshua.
The foursome played sporadic shows for the next three years in Arkansas and Tennessee, had the privilege of opening for Merle Haggard in 2007, and took the opportunity to record demos with two producers who saw promise in them, Lij Shaw and Robin Eaton. In the summer of 2008, all of the boys lived in Nashville and began self-producing what became their first album. After trying on several names that didn't seem to fit, the boys realized the answer was right there in three fourths of their veins. "The Medders" was simple and didn't mean anything else, and it provided a continuity from Cheyenne's solo albums.
From summer through winter the boys put the studio to use, recording themselves live, searching for new sounds and writing songs. They fleshed out about twelve songs in The Court studio, choosing to put the finishing touches on ten of them. This first collection is called "The Medders" and will be released on September 1, 2009.
All members of The Medders write songs, play multiple instruments and perform with other bands, including Annie Williams, Secret Name and The Nobility.

Brand new video for "Gunslinger" here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6thHX4NiAQM

BOOKING:
themedders@gmail.com

FACEBOOK:
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Medders/40987656279

TWITTER:
www.twitter.com/themedders

MYSPACE:
www.myspace.com/themedders

INFLUENCES:
The Band, Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Elton John, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Arcade Fire, Wilco

NOTABLE SHOWS/VENUES PLAYED:

The Executive Inn w/ Merle Haggard, Owensboro KY
Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival, Bristol TN/VA
The Hi-Tone, Memphis TN
The Purple Fiddle, Thomas WV
The Living Room w/ Steven Delopoulos, NYC
Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn
Eddie's Attic, Atlanta
The Basement, Nashville
The Rutledge, Nashville
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville
The End, Nashville
Rock-It Room, San Francisco
Ash St. Saloon, Portland OR
Sticky Fingerz, Little Rock, AR

"...self titled debut illustrates a knack for smooth, solid The Band-esque tones" - The Tennessean

"Cheyenne's voice is a gem just waiting to be discovered. His raw talent is unbridled and you can feel the passion in his music. For anyone that loved the stories in Dylan's songs Cheyenne doesn't disappoint. His songs have undertones of Southern Gothic and the warmth of a Tennessee evening wherein the heat is curbed only by a glass of sweet tea. Be ready to soak in some real American music."
- Aaron Shapiro, Shapiro Photography, Nashville TN