If I Had The Time

by Bill Madison

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    In Bill Madison’s latest album, “If I Had The Time,” you’ll find some solid musicianship, some, quite good, in fact. You’ll also find lyrics that connect brilliantly with life, not all prim-rosed but, mostly challenged by love and hard living and journeys that maybe should have been taken or, maybe not. It’s somewhat folksy, somewhat Americana, this latest album, offering a compilation of songs that are so uniquely Bill in their style and composition.

    We’re talking about a special breed of entertainer here – a man who puts his stuff out there, with apologies to no one. In this day of fake this and fake that, there is something to be said about one who, after so many years in the music business, still brings it. I’ve been a fan of Bill’s for many years and, I wasn’t disappointed with his latest work. Buy it. It’s a gem…

    Merle Burke,
    music reviews, Life, Music & Everyday Stuff

    Review from Folking.com
    Unlike his last release, the latest offering from the deep and dusty voiced New England singer-songwriter, his thirteenth, is, save for one number, all self-penned, either solo or in collaboration, Bill playing guitars, dobro, dulcimer and synth with contribution on drums and lead guitar from John Dudli and JP Kallio on just one track, the muscular, martial beat ‘When I Think Of Her’, co-written with his wife of many years, Nancy.
    She also happens to be subject of both the title track love song, which, featuring bluesy dobro, opens the album and the melodically tumbling ‘Can’t Stay Away’ (which she herself-co-wrote), conjuring thoughts of both Tom Paxton and Stan Rogers as he celebrates their marriage and family.
    The pair have one further co-write in the bluesy closing track. ‘That’s All Right With Me’, a song in praise of an honest day’s work written after setting up their landscaping business back in 1995.
    The family also extends to the grandchildren, who get their own dedication with the jaunty Guthrie-esque old time folk blues ‘Doin’ Fine’, while the ringingly fingerpicked ‘Old Tockwotton’ is an ode to the Madison family’s ancestral farm and the generations that worked the land.
    As on the last album, Scott Roby gets two co-write credits, the bluesy ‘Chasin’ After You’, about a thankless 45 year courtship, and ‘As Time Passes By’, a gentle celebration of two lovers growing old together, while the sole cover comes with Michael Sirois’ ‘You’re The Only One’, Dianna Zupan on backing vocals for what he describes as being a song about reliving teenage angst.
    The remaining two track are both Madison originals, the lengthy ‘Look Homeward’ calling on his cowboy influences for a last round-up number as well as breaking out the dobro for another solo, and ‘The Wurlitzer Song’, a wistful nod to the country tradition of playing out lost love heartaches on the honky-tonk jukebox.
    Seasoned and traditionally rooted, as before, there’s no concession to contemporary Americana trends, just the sound of man playing the music he loves for the people he loves. You could be one of them.
    Mike Davies

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If I had the time Like I did then I'd have the time To love you all over again If I had the time To make time stand still I'd have the time To change things at my will CHO Sometimes when you look at me There's sadness in your eyes But I am trying to be All I can for you, All you want me to be Don't worry, don't you cry Have no fear Nothing can harm you 'Cause I'm holding you near And now I know Like I did then There's no doubt I'll love you all over again
Doin' Fine 03:54


released June 13, 2017


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Bill Madison Lehigh Acres, Florida

My musical career spans more than 60 years; from performing in the Folk Music venues of Boston, New York City and Montreal during the 1960’s, to playing the ski resorts and honky tonks of Northern New England from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. I am currently writing and recording in my studio and marketing my music through my web site. My music is on Spotify, iTunes and other streaming sites. ... more

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