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Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear to perform on ‘Today’ show

Kansas City musicians Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear (Ruth Ward) performed at the Folk Alliance International Music Fair in Kansas City in February.
Kansas City musicians Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear (Ruth Ward) performed at the Folk Alliance International Music Fair in Kansas City in February. Special to The Star

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, a son-mother folk duo from Kansas City, will perform on NBC’s “Today” on Nov. 23, the week of Thanksgiving.

It will be the third network appearance for the two this year. In February, they performed on “Late Show With David Letterman,” and in May, they performed on “CBS Sunday Morning.” They also performed a “Tiny Desk Concert” on National Public Radio.

They will perform ‘Yellow Taxi,’ their new single, on Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s segment of the show, airing at 10 a.m. (Kansas City time), said Neill Smith, the duo’s manager. “The programmer first caught wind of the band during the Joe’s Pub performance in July (in New York),” he said. “We finally were able to confirm a date about three weeks ago.”

Backed by the rhythm section of Tom Hudson on drums and Brent Kastler on bass, Madisen Ward and Ruth Ward this week will start a cross-country tour, starting with a show in Milwaukee on Thursday. The tour ends with two shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, including a sold-out New Year’s Eve show. Old Crow Medicine Show headlines.

“Old Crow Medicine Show reached out directly to our agent about having us support both shows,” Smith said. “There are just a handful of tickets left for the Dec. 30 show. The shows were pretty much sold out upon us announcing.”

Timothy Finn: 816-234-4781, @phinnagain

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