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Meet Maradeen


February 09, 2016

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    A band’s origin story is a unique marker. Sometimes the story makes sense; other times it's completely contrived. Then there are those times when the collective is brought together by what seems like fate. 
    Maradeen is one of those bands. 
    Maradeen consists of guitarists Whit Murray and Thomas Galloway, bassist Sterling Miller, keyboardist Kaitlyn Connor and drummer John Rodrigue. Through travelling, education and other paths, the band fell into place in Nashville, Tennessee, where they were all working on other projects and in other bands. Galloway and Murray had been collaborating regularly to write music. Through on-and-off collaboration with the rest of the band, they decided to make it official and hit the road as Maradeen.
    "We have an eclectic range and background between all of the band members," said Murray, "but when we work together on these projects, we're always on the same page."
    According to John Rodrigue, Maradeen is a product of the variety of musical influences and interests of each individual band member, but they all agree on bands like The Allman Brothers as major influences in their sound. That sound is very much a concoction of Southern rock themes and sounds along with soulful, jazzy melodies. It is upbeat rock with soulful guitar. 
    Take their song "Always Want What I Can't Have": The piano segment mixes in to make the music bounce across your ears. This piece has a feeling of a Three Dog Night song without the three-part harmony. There is also, of course, a guitar solo that pretty much seals the deal and completes the track. In contrast, the song "One More for the Road" has a bass that punches and a piano solo reminiscent of a classic Southern rock tune. 
    Their first complete album, Mirage, came out in September. Since then, the band has been covering the Southeast and working toward the next album. According to Rodrigue, being on the road is a learning experience and every show is a little treat. 
    "When we're on the road and performing, we're sharing our music with the audience," he said, "but we also take something from every show we do that makes the next show better."
    Murray added, "Because we are always working on new music and things to add to each show, it is a grind — but that grind is what allows us to get better as a band."
    Maradeen applies a kind of study to their music and performance that is not very common of many bands. They are slowly adding to their production value with every performance, working hard to integrate each new element they add to a show. 
    That said, don't expect the same progression of the last performance in the next one. They make tweaks during each show to make sure each one is unique.   
    Check out Maradeen live at Dingus Magee’s on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 9 p.m., and visit their social media pages to listen to their music.

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