Madison Rising

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Madison Rising
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Madison Rising
Background information
Genres Patriotic rock
Years active 2011–present
Labels Purple Eagle Entertainment
Website madisonrising.com
Members Dave Bray
Sam Fishman

Madison Rising is a musical project that call themselves "America's most patriotic rock band."[1] They are the creation of New York City entrepreneur Richard Mgrdechian, who chose the members of the band by placing ads on Craigslist and YouTube, and then holding "endless" auditions.[2] The New York Post referred to them as the "Monkees of conservativism."[2]

Career[edit]

Madison Rising's self-titled debut CD was released on October 17, 2011, and charted in the top 100 best selling rock albums on both iTunes and Amazon.com.[3]

They first named themselves after the street in Hoboken, New Jersey, where their studio was located, but later upgraded the reference to U.S. founding father James Madison.[4]

On February 22, 2014, they performed an interpretation of "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway. Their performance was poorly received by the audience, and panned by Deadspin,[5] USA Today,[6] and The Huffington Post.[7]

In March 2014, the band announced they had been chosen to provide the theme song for Amazing America, a Sarah Palin-hosted program on the US cable network Sportsman Channel.[8][9]

In April 2014, former band member Alex Bodnar initiated a civil lawsuit in Brooklyn against band manager Richard Mgrdechian for owed "wages, royalties and [songwriting] credit". According to the New York Post, Mgrdechian would not comment on the pending litigation except to describe Bodnar as a "disgruntled employee" who had "breached his contract."[9]

Lineup[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Dave Bray – Lead vocals
  • Sam Fishman – Drums/Vocals

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Madison Rising (October 2011)
  • American Hero (November 2013)

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandich, Kate (February 25, 2014). "Madison Rising's rock-out national anthem at Daytona draws critics". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Kyle (September 4, 2011). "Hey, hey, we’re the rightees". New York Post. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Celebrating Flag Day: Madison Rising’s Rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner"". FrontPage Magazine. June 14, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ Greenwood, Arin (January 20, 2012). "Right-Wing Band 'Madison Rising' Plays For Occupy Congress". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ Burke, Timothy (February 22, 2014). ""America's Most Patriotic Band" Plays America's Worst Anthem Rendition". Deadspin. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ Scott, Nate (February 22, 2014). "'Patriotic' band performs spectacularly awful national anthem at Daytona". USA Today. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ Greenberg, Chris (February 22, 2014). "Madison Rising Treated Daytona To Possibly The Worst National Anthem Rendition Ever". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ Faughnder, Ryan (March 26, 2014). "'Most patriotic band' pens theme for Sarah Palin's new show". Los Angeles Times. 
  9. ^ a b c Saul, Josh (April 15, 2014). "‘America’s Most Patriotic Rock Band’ tied up in royalties lawsuit". New York Post. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 

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