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Madison Violet
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If Lucinda Williams was shagging Gillian Welch and had a collective love-child with Steve Earle, their offspring might sound a little bit like Madison Violet's new album No Fool For Trying.

Both hailing from Scottish small towns in Canada, Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac have chosen another musical path; one that channels their parent’s vintage record collection that comprised of the likes of Neil Young and Dolly Parton. Madison Violet came to be nearly 10 years ago after a chance meeting at restaurant in Toronto. Since that fateful meeting, the pair have come into a sound of their own, which has been described as both city-folk and Americana.

In early 2009 Madison Violet were signed to legendary indie label True North Records, who released No Fool For Trying. This new project has taken them down a road lush with harmonies, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and upright bass. The songs are infused with heartache and loss, but the listener will always find an uplifting twang in their sound. Produced in Toronto by Les Cooper (Jill Barber, The Good Lovelies) and featuring a stellar cast of musicians including Treasa Levasseur, Paul Mathew, Cindy Fairbank, Joel Stouffer, Victor Bateman, Adrian Lawryshyn and Chris Coole, No Fool For Trying proves to be an exciting collection of catchy, heart-melting, gut-wrenching songs.

With two other recordings under their belt, both of which were recorded in London, UK with producer John Reynolds (Sinead O'Connor, U2, Damien Dempsey) the pair have found themselves on the industry the radar. Their first release, Worry The Jury, earned a pair of East Coast Music Award nominations ('Best New Group' and 'Pop Album of the Year') and had the industry opening their eyes wide at the emerging career that was destined to blossom. Their sophomore release, Caravan, went towards a more alt-country direction, which garnered them two East Coast Music Award nominations in the 'Folk Album of the Year' and 'Best Group Recording' categories as well as a Canadian Folk Award nomination as 'Vocal Group of the Year'.

Madison Violet are relentless with touring and performing for audiences all over the world. They are popular as show headliners and have also supported acts such as Ron Sexsmith, Chantal Kreviazuk, Indigo Girls, Lisa's brother Ashley and The Temptations and Runrig. Madison Violet have toured Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, France, Belgium, Ireland, England, Norway, the UK, Wales, Scotland, Italy and of course, Canada. From the Montreux Jazz Festival to Massey Hall, audiences have been swooning over Madison Violet's storytelling and songs.

''No Fool For Trying' is certainly in a class with the works of Gillian Welch or Lucinda Williams.” - All My Music

“Quiet, thrilling, acoustically designed songs of breathtaking beauty - and some personal tragedy. Hardly ever has alternative country/ folk sounded more intriguing. 5 out of 5” - Country Music News Germany

'This album takes them right through the door opened by the whole 'O Brother Where Art Thou?' phenom, with Alison Krauss & Robert Plant holding said door for them. 'No Fool For Trying' doesn't have the ancient vibe that 'Raising Sand' does, but it sounds like the records could be kissing cousins.” - Gonzo Magazine