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MARADEEN w/ Rachel Hillman Band live at The Hummingbird in Downtown Macon
July 8, 2017 @ 10:00 pm - 2:00 am| $5
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 Tom Galloway moved to Nashville for songwriting and began collaborations with Murray. The band entered the 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.
The origins of MARADEEN run deep. Murray played lead guitar for Galloway’s band, Mama’s Love, between the years of 2009-12. During this time they toured nationwide, developed a devoted fanbase, and recorded with renowned producers Tom Tapley and John Keane. Galloway continued fronting Mama’s Love while Murray extended his education at The Berklee College of Music.
In the Summer of 2015, drummer John Rodrigue joined the fold rounding out the final lineup. In the spring of 2016, the band entered Welcome to 1979 once again to record their sophmore album, “Above the Horizon,” with producer extraordinaire Wes Bailey (Keyboardist for Moon Taxi.) Released in October of 2016, the band has been touring heavily in support of the album since.
A long line of history, coincidence, and mutual passion brought together the group, and they continue to make remarkable strides as they climb the mountain of music.
Rachel Hillman Band:
Rachel Hillman picked up the guitar when she moved to Tallahassee in 2007 and has been songwriting ever since. Her style is influenced by artists such as Kimbra, Michael Jackson, Jack Johnson, Ingrid Michaelson, and John Mayer, but also by Beethoven, J.S. Bach, and Britten. A student of FSU’s college of music, she embraces both the vocal jazz she studied at school and the native Southern blues found so frequently in Tallahassee’s music culture.