Not Just Any Pretty Little Fool

Bruce Von Stiers

Instead of doing things I'm supposed to, I often surf around in Facebook. Sometimes I just waste my time. But more often than not, I find someone talented and interesting to interact with. One such person is Madysin Hatter. She is a rock singer / songwriter. I learned about her Facebook page and checked it out. I then went to her web site & watched a couple of music videos. I thought that this would be someone whose music I could really get into. And I was right. She has opened for acts like Faster Pussycat, Great White and Bulletboys. Madysin will be opening for Buck Cherry next month. She has played venues like The Bitter End, Starland Ballroom and Whiskey A Go Go.

Madysin has a new EP that I ended up checking out. It is filled with some great original songs. The title of the EP is Pretty Little Fool.

The EP has four songs. Madysin wrote two of them and co-wrote the other two. She does the vocals on each of the songs. She is helped out on guitar by Bob Lanzetti and Brad Williams. Bass is done by Michael League. Justin Stanton plays the keys and the drummer is Cooper Heffley. The EP was produced and mixed by Brad Williams. It was recorded at the Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, New York with the engineering done by Aaron Nevezie. Lanzetti and Stanton both did jazz studies at the University of North Texas and are members of an eclectic jazz funk band called Snarky Puppy. Heffley is a member of the A-Va-Va Band. Williams has produced for people like Sasha Allen and the group The Backstreet Boys. Nevezie co-owns the Bunker Studio and has worked with acts like Danger Mouse.

The EP starts out with a song called Lightning Strikes Twice. It is a hard rocking tune, with vocals that are tough, sometimes throaty other times higher. You will be head bopping with this one.

The second track slows things down. It is a somewhat aching love ballad called Rocky Road. The song has some decent light guitar backing Madysin at first. Then there is a killer guitar sequence leading up to the second verse. Madysin puts a lot of emotion into the song.

In the third slot on the EP is the title track, Pretty Little Fool. According to an interview I read, Madysin based the song on a line from The Great Gatsby, in which Daisy said she wanted her daughter to be a “pretty little fool.” Apparently Madysin liked that line and drew from it to write the song. It is a smooth yet somewhat haunting love ballad with a cool pop / rock tone.

The fourth and final song on the EP is Gypsy Rock. It has a kind of tough rock sound that might make you think of Joan Jett, Lita Ford or some of the other great female rockers. Not only are the vocals great, the guitar is killer.

I am sure that you will be hearing the name Madysin Hatter a lot in the near future. She has a presence that is too hard to ignore. If Pretty Little Fool is any indication, Madysin Hatter will be headlining shows and selling platinum albums in no time at all.

Pretty Little Fool is available on iTunes and other online music retailers.

You can check out Madysin Hatter at her official site at and at her Facebook page at

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