Energetic and very Talented 7 piece Country Showband. Winning numerous awards as they create a very large Fan Base.
Members, Mike Zibell, Augie Zibell, Angel Salinas, Kevin Hendrickson, Jess Lex, Dan Mahieu and Scotty MUSTANG... make up Madison County, with their multi-talented musicians, singers and songwriters.
Mike & Augie, the Uncle/Nephew lead singers, have that special kin-vocal blend in their rich harmonies with each of them being credited with Male Vocalist of the Year for several years now.
Madison County has 4 original CD's to their name to date. One includes their first video and the latest one released February 2012.
You won't want to miss the action-packed performances of Madison County.....You don't have to like Country to enjoy this group......it's just an ADDED bonus.
Look on www.madcounty.com for our next gig! We'd love to see you.
Madison County Bio
This 7-piece country showband based out of Madison, WI has acquired a Fan Base like NO OTHER.
This group is made up of Mike & Augie Zibell (a nephew / uncle team) that makes up the duo blends of Madison County. Mike and Augie, both have won Male Vocalist awards in the past 11 years.
The musicianship of this group is made up of Angel Salinas, Lead Guitar - Kevin Hendrickson, Drums - Dan Mahieu, Keyboards, accordian - Scott "Mustang" Mitchell, Bass - Jess Lex, Fiddle.
This group has won numerous awards for BEST Country Group 9 years in a row at Q106 MCMA Awards Show, Country Artist of the Year at the MAMA Awards and WAMI's People's Choice 6 years in a row. The most meaningful of these awards, coming from FAN VOTING. They won a Meritorious Award from the MAMA's for raising their fan base to such a high level in such a short time.
They are humbled at the Large Fan Base they have acquired...mostly due to the High Energy Level, in which they perform. They have traveled to 5 states to perform over their 11 year existence.
In 1999, they completed their first original CD, entitled "Diamond In The Rough" and in 2002 released their second CD, entitled "Make My Way Back Home". Selling over 8000 CD's at local shows, they've received rave reviews from the public and local media. "Make My Way Back Home" won Best Country Song (single) at the MAMA Awards in 2006. In 2003, Madison County released a single written about Nascar's 2003 Winston Cup Champion (and former schoolmate) Matt Kenseth called, "Lookin' At The Back of #17", which sold over 1500 copies in just 8 months.
They have aCD, which they recorded with producer Shane Decker, entitled, "Enjoy the Ride", is a recording of songs from hit writers out of Nashville, along with three songs written by member, Mike Zibell. This enhanced CD contains the groups first music video "Enjoy the Ride", that viewers can watch by simply placing it in their PC. February 2012 they released their latest CD coming out of Nashville, TN Recording Studio that will surely be a hit.
Madison County has landed on some very Big Ticket Venues these past 11 years, opening for Phil Vassar 4 times, opening for Montgomery-Gentry at the 2003 Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary Party, 2004 at Chicagoland Speedway for the Nextel Cup Nascar Pre-Race Ceremonies, CountryFest, Milwaukee's Summerfest, Star Spangled Celebration, Country USA, Taste of Madison, Cadott Country Fest plus many, many more top notched venues...opening for artists like Sugarland, Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, LeAnn Womack, Rascall Flatts, Lonestar,Keith Urban, Travis Tritt, Blake Shelton, Confederate Railroad and even David Allen Coe, just to name a few.
They are an Action/Packed show and Several Venues book them primarily for the crowd they draw to each place they perform.
You don't want to miss a chance of a LIVE Performance from Madison County. You don't have to like Country Music to enjoy this group...It's just an added bonus!
Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Guitarist.
Voted Q106 MCMA male Vocalist of the Year for 2002,2006,2007 & 2008, AND 96.3 Country Music Awards Male Vocalist in 2011...Mike brings to Madison County, a very unique and dynamic vocal presence and writing style. Mike has written most of the songs that have been recorded on the CD's released by Madison County. Mike brings front man experience to a group that thrives on its high energy performance. Mike's passion since the onset of developing a true show band, has been to bring something incredibly unique and entertaining to the fans.
Born in the great state of Texas, Mike now resides in Cambridge, WI.
Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Auxilliary Percussionist.
Voted Q106 MCMA male Vocalist of the Year for 2005, Augie's lead vocals and full range harmonies give Madison County its rich vocal presence. His high energy performance gives the group one of the most action packed shows in the Midwest, from dancing and walking on stilts to doing the splits on stage. Augie's unique ability to engage the crowd at every show is a key asset in bringing the fans out time and time again. The showman of the group hails from Madison, WI.
Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Angel started singing at age 5 and playing guitar at age 11 when he learned basic chords from his dad. Before joining Madison County in 2009, Angel played with a band named Wild West. His favorite country singer is "King" George. Angel brings a very unique style and lead guitar Know-How to this high energized group. Angel resides in Sun Prairie, WI.
Scott "Mustang" Mitchell
Bass Guitar and Vocals.
Scott has been playing professionaly for many years. Scott's zany personality and stage presence, along with this vocals and good looks, make him a perfect fit for Madison County. Scott resides in Stoughton, WI.
Kevin has been playing drums since the age of four and played with many local bands before taking the drum seat with Madison County. His solid drumming has made him a crucial part of Madison County's success. Kevin comes to us from New Glarus, WI.
Keyboard & Vocals.
Writing songs without music was getting difficult, so at the age of 16, Dan began teaching himself the piano. Five years later, he was playing professionaly. With a goal of "making it" in writing and playing, Dan moved to Muscle Shoals, AL and then eventually to Nashville, TN where he played with various artists on the road, for record label showcases, in recording studios and clubs. Moving to Wisconsin in 1996, Dan played with Under the Gun & Big Brother Billy before finding a home with the perect fit, Madison County. Since 2002 he has enjoyed playing with and watching the band evolve into its current form. "It's been a great ride so far, let's keep on a-rolling".
Jess appeared onto the Madison, WI music scene seemingly from nowhere during her Madison County debut in early February 2010. A Minnesota native, Jess is classically trained but has been fiddling since the age of 7. During her teen years, she could be seen on stages throughout the Twin Cities accompanying Irish Dancers and playing music with local artists. Multi-talented, she won 1st place in the Minnesota State Fair Fiddle Competition - trick fiddling category - when she combined her Irish dance and fiddle skills. Jess took a break from the public eye for a few years while earning a degree in violin performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Landing in Madison, WI for an IT job after college, Jess married and again pursued her passion....fiddling! Thanks to Madison County, she is fulfilling a dream! The Crowds LOVE Jess and her Fiddling! A great compliment to her great talent!