Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival celebrated its inaugural event in September, bringing talents like Wilco, Willie Nelson, Charles Bradley and Lucius to Franklin, Tennessee—just a short drive away from Nashville. There was more than enough music to go around, but across the road from the festival grounds, our friends at the festival were working with artists all over the lineup to record a round of intimate sessions in addition to the rowdy sets going on down the road.
As Kyle Mullin wrote when we declared Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear the Best of What's Next, "Although many a youngster may rebel against their parents with sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, and other juvenile cliches, Madisen Ward made a far more daring, and far less hip, foray: he formed a singer/songwriter duo with his mother, Ruth Ward. Their offbeat pairing is free of the awkwardness and angst that plague so many public parent-child narratives. Instead Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear—as the familial troubadours have dubbed themselves—were buzzed as one of the must-see acts at SXSW, performed the song “Silent Movies” on the Late Show with David Letterman, released their debut album, Skeleton Crew, to critical acclaim and embarked on a tour that took them across Europe and America." Check out "Down in Mississippi" in the player above, and click the links below for more from their Pilgrimage Session.
"Sorrow and Woes"