Blue Madness
Luna Records
Blue Madness plays a wide spectrum of blues styles, including Delta blues, Chicago blues, T. Bone Walker jazzy Texas blues, Count Basie swing/jump blues, Allman Brothers rocking arrangments and the jazz-influenced, rocking blues that have always distinguished Eric Madis' style since the early 1970s back in Chicago. Blue Madness is known for tight and group arrangements, a dynamic rhythm section, stellar guitar work and singing based on big band blues singers like Joe Williams, Eddie "Cleanhead Vinson", Jimmy Rushing and Ray Charles. On occasions, Blue Madness adds pianists or organists Gregg Robinson, Ron Weinstein, Norm Bellas or Ryan Burns.
" Few in town can rival Eric's tone on guitar and his vocals are clear, emotive and vibrant....goes from deep blues to quite jazzy, showing tremendous versatility.." - Malcolm Kennedy, Washington Blues Society

"Lovely modern blues playing linked back to the tradition." - Chris Lunn, Ancient Victorys

"Great, effortless guitar the slide work" - JW McClure, Victory Review

" Fresh, original blues." - The Stranger

"...not afraid to turn it up and get down, but with a strong jazz content running through it that's never lost."
- Mark Dalton, Caldonia's NW Blues PageNote: no space for the text!
The Players:
Eric Madis has shared the stage with Robben Ford, Sunnyland Slim, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Deacon Jones and many more. He has released five solo CDs, contributed music to four film soundtracks, and has received acclaim from Guitar World, Kerrville Folk Festival, NW Folklife, NAMA, KPLU, KBCS and Washington Blues Society. Eric has taught guitar for National Guitar Workshop, University of Washington Experimental College, Guitar Workshop Plus, Northwest Folklife, Denver Free University, and Dusty Strings.
A true groovemaster who can swing and rock, Brad Stoll has performed and recorded with numerous Northwest blues, rock and jazz bands, and has toured nationally with PercussionNaut Patriots Drum and Bugle Corps. Brad is a graduate of the Percussion Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, where he studied with renowned percussionists Joe Pocaro, Alex Acuna, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Houghton and Efiran Toro.
Martin Rush's solid groove, warm tone, creative solos and impressive reading skills have made him an in-demand bassist with Northwest jazz, rock, blues and theatre groups. Martin has played since elementary school, is an alumni of University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music, and has performed with jazz greats Toshiko Akioshi, Lew Tabackin and Ashley Alexander.
On occasions, Blue Madness expands to a quartet with the addition of pianists and organists Norm Bellas, Ron Weinstein, Ryan Burns or Gregg Robinson.
"How Long Blues" (Trio)
"Something Time Can't Take Away" (Trio) "North Wes" (Trio)
"Don't Go No Further" (Trio)
"Looking For a Place" (Trio) "Back in Your Arms Again" (Quartet)
"You Know My Love"-part 1 (Quartet) "You Know My Love"-part 2 (Quartet)
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