Nashville-based rock quintet Maradeen is off to a hot start in 2017, and its most recent news is easily the biggest to date. The band has just been selected as the opening act for Bon Jovi at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA on Friday, February 10th. This show is a part of Bon Jovi's 'This House Is Not For Sale' tour, which kicks off next Wednesday in Greenville, SC and runs through April 11th in Toronto, OR. Maradeen released its sophomore studio album, Above The Horizon, in October of 2016. Click here to stream the album today via Spotify.
Bands wishing to enter the 'Bon Jovi Opening Act Contest' for the March 1st - March 8th tour dates can do so by clicking here. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, February 1st at 12:00 PM PST.
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MARADEEN is an American rock band based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Founded by guitarist Whit Murray in the summer of 2014 with keyboardist Kaitlyn Connor and bassist Sterling Miller, the band formed their initial roots as a high energy rock n roll quartet. With classical and jazz improvisation backgrounds, they forged and evolved a unique and well-versed sound. In 2014, Thomas Galloway moved to Nashville for songwriting and began collaborations with Murray. The band entered the analog studio "Welcome to 1979" in the spring of 2015 and recorded their first full-length LP entitled, Mirage. The album features the initial hard-hitting rockers from the band's formative stage, while revealing the new songwriting dynamic between Murray and Galloway.
In August of 2015, drummer John Rodrigue rounded out the lineup, and the band set out touring heavily, honing their ever-evolving and electrifying live show that is never the same as the night before. In May of 2016, they re-entered Welcome to 1979 Studio to begin work on their second studio album, Above the Horizon, this time with Wes Bailey (keyboardist for renowned band, MOON TAXI) in the producer role. The album is comprised of all original material written by all five members of the band. The album - from the artwork to the songs - continues to be widely acclaimed. MARADEEN is currently on tour all across the South and up the east coast.. from Louisiana to Vermont.
Praise for MARADEEN and Above the Horizon:
"MARADEEN combines hopeful, upbeat tempos with soulful guitar solos and raw harmonies. If you aren’t careful, their groovy sound might have you jumping on your bed with your air guitar before you even realize what’s hit you." -Unsung Musicians
"While this is no first rodeo for the members of MARADEEN, maybe it's too soon for this project to feel disillusioned, as its lickety-split startup shows the kind of initiative and commitment most of its starry-eyed peers can only talk a good game about." - Knoxville News
"MARADEEN manages to deftly blend pop with classic Southern Rock and a little bit of the 1970s Laurel Canyon sound for a nostalgic album crammed with sweet harmonies.... With 10 tracks, MARADEEN has managed to breathe new life into a handful of genres that may have fallen off the radar for many." - Innocent Words
Some interesting facts on the band:
MOON TAXI keyboardist Wes Bailey produced the new album Above The Horizon
Both of MARADEEN's studio albums were recorded at the historic, analog Welcome to 1979 studio in Nashville
MARADEEN has shared the stage with some of the greats: The Rhythm Devils (feat. Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead), Todd Nance, Keller Williams, The Revivalists, Moon Taxi, Earphunk, Perpetual Groove, The Apache Relay, Bloodkin, and Colonel Bruce Hampton, to name a few