We first met Maddie Wilson on 2013’s EFY album, “Firm in the Faith”, where she brought her warm, honeyed, middle-America vocals to the country-tinged “One Day at a Time”.
Since then, she’s launched a career in Nashville and recorded a full-length solo debut titled “Lightning Strikes”, produced by the always-awesome Brandon Metcalf, who has worked with artists like Phoenix and Blues Traveler.
“Lightning Strikes” takes Maddie’s golden summer-afternoon voice on a tour de force in ten stellar tracks. On the beautifully acoustic “Girls”, a pensive Wilson evokes Gillian Welch’s easy, conversational storytelling while taking on the mean girls of the world. Just seconds before that, she burns an old boyfriend’s hopes to the ground with “You Ain’t All That”, an electric-guitar-driven romp that makes it clear quite clear whatever it was, it’s over. Whether she’s backed by banjo and mandolin, or screaming guitars and drums, her rich amber vocals bring each phrase straight home, delivering an invitation to be bold, to say what you mean, whether it’s “I love you” or “we’re through”.