From The Artist : “I recorded an initial 35 or so demo recordings for Cottonwood, and then I listened to them over and over and over. There were 6 or 7 that I absolutely knew were going to be on the album, and then the rest I had to whittle down from the remaining pile. It came down to the songs that I was the most proud of, and the songs that I felt were the most varied from one another or the most complimentary. If there was a song that was stuck in my head for a few days, it would float to the top of the list. If I had an idea for the arrangement of a song, I would consider it a strong contender. I played them over and over at home, and thought about which songs I’d be most happy to play for an audience for the next couple of years. I believe that the best songs are ones that can be great with just acoustic guitar and vocals – if a song needs the support of a band to be interesting or exciting, then I dropped it off the list. I love all of the songs on this album, and I’m really proud about how it turned out.”
Winnipeg singer-songwriter Madeleine Roger’s debut solo album Cottonwood will get its officlal release on Friday October 26th but you can listen to it here first! Although this is her debut album, Madeleine Roger is no stranger to the music business. In fact, she’s nearly a veteran at age 26. A lifelong history of singing in choirs, living rooms, musicals, and around bonfires has informed her current comfort on the stage, and the countless hours hanging out in the control room of her dad’s (producer/engineer Lloyd Peterson) recording studios provided a wealth of knowledge over the years. In 2016, Madeleine formed Roger Roger with her twin brother Lucas and released their debut album Fairweather locally and overseas which reached the No. 1 spot on the Canadian national folk/roots/blues charts, garnering acclaim for its exceptional songwriting.
Madeleine recently released the third single from Cottonwood,’60 Years More’, a song about what it feels like to be a woman in 2018 and how far we still have to go in the fight for gender equality. ’60 Years More’ also provided inspiration when it came time to record her new album. Cottonwood was proudly made with gender parity – half of the producing, audio engineering, musicians, and other artists identify as female.
Cottonwood will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, October 26th. Look for Madeleine on tour in Western Canada throughout October and November.
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Oct 28 – Cranbrook, BC – Soulfood Cafe
Oct 30 – Kimberly, BC – House Concert
Nov 1 – Port Moody, BC – Gallery Bistro
Nov 2-4 – Cumberland, BC – Woodstove Festival
Nov 6 – Salt Spring Island, BC – Sister Sanctuary
Nov 9 – Victoria, BC – Vinyl Envy
Nov 10 – Parksville, BC – Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge
Nov 11 – Sunshine Coast, BC – House Concert
Nov 12 – Vancouver, BC – Guilt & Co
Nov 13 – Vancouver, BC – Bluebird North
Nov 14 – Kelowna, BC – Milkcrate Records
Nov 16 – Calgary, AB – Rocky Mountain Folk Club
Nov 17 – Edmonton, AB – Black Dog Freehouse