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Cracker Barrel and Madonna Set to Release Bluegrass Recording

By Mandolin Cafe
April 1, 2014 - 7:45 am

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Madonna - Bluegrass Material Girl on Cracker Barrel Music

Madonna - Bluegrass Material Girl on Cracker Barrel Music

Lebanon, Tenn. — Cracker Barrel and pop legend Madonna have announced collaboration on a new project entitled Bluegrass Material Girl, a collection of traditional acoustic string band music featuring her vocals in the style of Bill Monroe.

Backed by some of the finest bluegrass musicians on the scene, the new recording appears to be a move to re-invent herself, something Madonna has succeeded at many times over her career.

A world-wide tour is slated for launch May 1.

"At first glance this doesn't appear to make sense, but combined with her marketing savvy and the coverage provided at Cracker Barrel stores across the country — not to mention a generation of young listeners that grew up with her music — this is sure to be a top seller," said a music writer for Nashville's The Tennessean who asked to remain anonymous for this article.

The CD is available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel outlets.

Bluegrass Material Girl

From Bluegrass Material Girl, listen to the title track.


About Madonna

Madonna Louise Ciccone has been one of the most prominent cultural icons for over three decades. She has achieved an unprecedented level of power and control for a woman in the entertainment industry and attained immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV.

Madonna is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. Music critics have praised her diverse and innovative musical productions which have also been known to induce controversy. Cited as an influence among numerous artists around the world, she is often referred to as the "Queen of Pop."

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April 01, 2014 07:48 AM
I picked this one up this morning at the Lexington, Kentucky Cracker Barrel. Had my doubts but it's great!
April 01, 2014 08:16 AM
Who is on it? I see a few names on the cover, anyone else?
Steve Ostrander
April 01, 2014 08:24 AM
This is the most recent volume of the Pickin' On series, Pickin' On Madonna.
John Duncan
April 01, 2014 08:35 AM
Ron Stewart plays Benny Martin's original break from "Vogue" note for note.

Powerful stuff.
April 01, 2014 08:44 AM
Prince does a great job on backup vocals/
Mark Wilson
April 01, 2014 08:44 AM
Teriffic news!! Definitely fills a gap in my collection.

Is this a one day offer?
April 01, 2014 08:47 AM
I predict "Papa Don't Preach No Part O' Nothin'" will raise Madonna back up to chart-topping status within weeks. It can't miss!
April 01, 2014 09:24 AM
Wow, what a CD! The picking is awesome - and she's got my vote for IBMA female vocalist this year.
Danny Clark
April 01, 2014 09:30 AM
pre-order now on amazon
Patrick Madden
April 01, 2014 09:32 AM
Looks promising. I'll probably wait until it comes out on 8 track though.
Rush Burkhardt
April 01, 2014 09:50 AM
I knew that there were two others, recorded and in the can, that were to be released and am disappointed Madonna's made it out early.

The first was Bill and Lawrence: Together (featuring Bill Monroe and Lawrence Welk...taped many years ago.

The second, a true tribute featured Jimmy Martin, the King of Bluegrass, with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, including a DVD of their rendition of "I Can't Quit Cigarettes".

Do any of you know of any other collaborations we might have missed?

re simmers
April 01, 2014 10:09 AM
The local Cracker Barrel was packed. Madonna and Uncle Si Robertson were there signing and posing for pictures.

Madonna told me that Uncle Si is playing Bill Monroe's #73987 Lloyd Loar on every cut.

Bob Dylan's tenor vocals on "This used to be my Campground" is great.....reminds me of Carl Story! And Phil Robertson's Duck Call at the end is haunting.

This is a must have!

Jim Gallaher
April 01, 2014 10:13 AM
Big deal -- Madonna is yesterday's news. I'm saving my coins for the Justin Bieber Bear Family box set. I hear it's shaped like an egg carton.
April 01, 2014 10:26 AM
Bieber ain't no part of nothin
Gary Hedrick
April 01, 2014 10:42 AM
I believe that it isn't really Cracker Barrel but Crapper Barrel if it would sell such a thing......

Nicely done Scott....Nicely done!!
April 01, 2014 11:58 AM
Wow! There are already 1200 seeders for this on Pirate Bay.

Mickey King
April 01, 2014 01:04 PM
Is that Lady Gaga playing banjo?
April 01, 2014 02:19 PM
Let`s see now. What`s today`s date? Oh, right.
April 01, 2014 02:30 PM
I'm so disappointed that the server is too busy to play the CD preview song.....But actually I would rather hear "Don't Cry For Me Alabama" anyway. I just might have to work on that one myself.

You have outdone yourself this year, Scott. Did you do the Cracker Barrel music Web page, too? Please tell me it is a joke, too. Please.
April 01, 2014 02:33 PM
Can an Opry membership be far behind? Probably first part of next April. smile
Randi Gormley
April 01, 2014 02:56 PM
Is it true Chris Thile agreed to play dobro on the album? Is that him on that fourth cut?
Cheryl Watson
April 01, 2014 03:30 PM
Bluegrass festivals don't pay nuthin' and Madonna don't eat no BBQ--I don't get her, she must be off her rocker or she met some new hot young guy who came down from the mountains.
April 01, 2014 03:41 PM
My local Cracker Barrel was sold out! I will just have to wait.
April 01, 2014 03:43 PM
Two of my favorite artists combined into a mix of awesome!! I don't know if I should listen while wearing a gray suit and white stetson or in my reproduction of the 'Vogue' costume.

You never disappoint, Mr. Mandolin Cafe. Among the best yet.
Cheryl Watson
April 01, 2014 03:51 PM
Scott, you know, you forgot the bonus track, "Dress You Up in Overalls" which Madonna co-wrote with Mike Compton, one windy, cold night. Who wants to tab out his solo break?
April 01, 2014 03:51 PM
Quote from HDmotorcop: Is that Lady Gaga playing banjo? End Quote

NO! She IS the Banjo...............
April 01, 2014 04:39 PM
Quote from mandogerry: I'm so disappointed that the server is too busy to play the CD preview song..... End Quote

If you listen very closely, you'll notice that you are indeed hearing the track. Listen for the bumps and background noise. The "too busy" message is part of the ruse.
April 01, 2014 05:46 PM
Oddly enough, there is a local band called the Material Boys who play bluegrassed versions of Madonna songs. No kidding.

The only YouTube of this band is horrible quality, plenty of some other band by the same name.
April 01, 2014 05:59 PM
Now that's just wrong, on so many levels! It's funny though.
April 01, 2014 06:52 PM
I heard Senator Sam Bush makes a guest appearance also.
April 01, 2014 06:56 PM
It's April 1st people. Has anyone bothered to check Cracker Barrel's website? I must say, a very good April fools joke here!
April 01, 2014 07:30 PM
Quote from minuteman: It's April 1st people. Has anyone bothered to check Cracker Barrel's website? I must say, a very good April fools joke here! End Quote

April fools or not I personally can't wait for Ice T, Ice Cube, Vanilla Ice, maybe a little Busta Ryme , some Coolio! This is exactly what Bluegrass music needs, I've already mentioned some months back on that Cyrus girl twerkin on a band mates mando neck! Yepthe big Mon Monroe I think would be so proud "hell didn't he say about elvis's Blue Moon that them was some mighty powerful royalty checks!"
Bill Baldridge
April 01, 2014 07:44 PM
I knew it wasn't real bluegrass because the mandolin player was using an A.
April 01, 2014 07:57 PM
I may be a little late, but where's the mandolin content in this thread? smile
April 01, 2014 08:05 PM
The Material Girl and Cracker Barrel go together like chips and dip.
David Smith
April 01, 2014 08:30 PM
The liner notes said the mandolin player used a capo. Just sayin'.
Jeff Richards
April 01, 2014 09:09 PM
Yeah, ..., I could see her in overalls.
April 02, 2014 07:49 AM
Excellent ST...... you get me for a second or three every year.... R/
April 02, 2014 02:32 PM
My favorite from the past was the purchase of the Monroe mandolin by a Japanese business man for display in the company HQs.

I also like to check each year to see how long it takes before someone decides to spoil the joke by pointing out the date. Interestingly, someone joined yesterday just to point that out. :disbelief:
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