Mother-Son Duo Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear Feature on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’
In the midst of bed-confined breakfasts and maternal Facebook photo montages, CBS Sunday Morning paid tribute to motherhood during this past Mother's Day weekend in their own way, featuring a profile of the mother-son duo Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. Watch the story above.
The duo, described by CBS Sunday Morning interviewer Nancy Giles as "the hottest thing out of Independence, Mo., since President Harry Truman," consists of mother Ruth Ward and son Madisen Ward. Madisen is the youngest of the three "Mama Bear" children, and he was born when his mother was 37 years old. They both started playing guitar at around the same age, and then the idea to collaborate came about organically.
"I think it happened a lot when we would go play life in the coffee houses," Madisen Ward said. "We would go up and she would do her song, then I would sit in and just start playing lead. Then I would do my original stuff, and she would sit in and just play lead. So once we started realizing this is sounding pretty decent, you know, and harmonizing with each other, we were like, we're just going to go ahead and make this a duo and stop trying to deny what's happening."
The CBS bump was kind to the duo, as their upcoming debut album — Skeleton Crew, set for release on May 18 — climbed up the iTunes and Amazon charts, landing at No. 20 and No. 5, respectively. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear are currently on tour, dates for which can be found here. CBS Sunday Morning also posted a couple web-exclusive clips of the two performing individually on YouTube, which you can check out below: