American Patriot Series: Madison Rising, Part 2

Chuck with Dave Bray at the Grand Opening of the Over Bar and Grill in San Antonio, Texas, on July 25th, 2015.
Chuck with Dave Bray at the Grand Opening of the Over Bar and Grill in San Antonio, Texas, on July 25th, 2015.
Chuck with Dave Bray at the Grand Opening of the Over Bar and Grill in San Antonio, Texas, on July 25th, 2015.

This series reports on individuals or groups who continually give their time and/or money to support active duty military personnel and veterans.

Madison Rising (MR) has been a phenomenal success. Their producer, Rich Mgrdechian, reports, “Our rendition of the Star Spangled Banner has been #1 best seller on the Amazon rock charts, has hit as high as #3 on iTunes and has sold nearly 150,000 copies worldwide.”

Many people get chills up and down their spine when they hear their rock version of “Star Spangled Banner”. The riff in the middle of the song brings the words to original music that is surprising as it is wonderful. Who could ever believe that any band could express their love of country with a rock version of our national anthem?

Stories of active duty military and veterans will help explain the success of Madison Rising and their version of Star Spangled Banner.

One Marine veteran, a corporal from North Carolina who served stateside during the 80s, is so much of a fan that he has averaged attending 12-15 Madison Rising shows per year since 2012. He traveled to these events riding various Harley Davidson motorcycles to far-reaching cities such as New York City, Jacksonville, Florida, as well as Houston and San Antonio, Texas.

He feels he

can now help more by promoting Madison Rising’s Patriotic message to the Active Duty personnel of today, the Combat Vets that came before and after my time, and the Patriotic American people.”

This veteran is a strong supporter of Concerned Veterans of America whose mission is to “advocate for policies that will preserve the freedom and prosperity that we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.”

After watching an MR concert at the Grand Opening of the Over Bar and Grill in San Antonio, Texas on July 25th, 2015, one Army Vietnam era veteran said,

“Thought Madison Rising was a good rock band, with a great National Anthem!“

Most of the audience was standing and cheering the band that evening after they performed the song.

After watching MR’s Star Spangled Banner video and listening to their concert at nearby Fort Campbell, Kentucky, one medically-retired Army Cavalry Scout commented that he was able to overcome severe depression and suicidal tendencies that occurred after his experiences during the Iraq War in 2011. He said,

I don’t know what would have happened if I had never discovered Madison Rising, but I can tell you that my war with bullets and bombs are over. But the cultural battle for the USA is just beginning.”

This Army veteran went on to become a successful businessman.

And an Air Force Senior Airman, stationed in RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom., also chimed in on their Star Spangled Banner. She said,

The Madison Rising’s version is something that can get your adrenaline pumping and maybe even something I can see myself jogging to in the morning. This rock version feels more like what you’d heard if you wanted to get a crowd of troops, soldiers, airman, marines, etc riled up and excited to support their country from either stateside or abroad.”

Another retired veteran (SSG) with 17 years of service had PTSD along with issues with medicines and suicidal tendencies summarized her experience with combat.   She wrote to Madison Rising saying,

We have to soldier on for those that didn’t make, live for them because they can’t. Make them live on through us. After all our buddies that died, who’s going to know about them if we don’t tell the whole world how awesome they were. It’s hard, it sucks, but it needs to be done. Thank you.”

And two MR band members bring awareness to how they feel about their music.

Sam Fishman said,

“Being the drummer for Madison Rising has been a higher calling. It’s bigger than all of us. This is an opportunity to create music with a message that America needs to hear right now!”

And lead singer, Dave Bray, sums it up by saying:

It is my firm belief that without God there is no country. Madison Rising, for me, is truly a call back to service… a service that our country needs, in a war that our country doesn’t even know exists.”

Yes, rock on Madison Rising; you are indeed an “American Patriot”!

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]