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Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear give ‘Letterman’ audience a charming dose of KC music

Kansas City musicians Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear share a moment with David Letterman after performing “Silent Movies” Wednesday on CBS’ “The Late Show.”
Kansas City musicians Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear share a moment with David Letterman after performing “Silent Movies” Wednesday on CBS’ “The Late Show.” CBS

Wednesday night’s edition of “Late Show With David Letterman” had a heavy Kansas City flavor.

The musical guests were Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, a Kansas City duo comprising singer-songwriter Madisen Ward and his mother, Ruth Ward. They sang the song “Silent Movies” in their charming, organic, country-blues style: two acoustic guitars and two voices. After the song, Madisen Ward flashed the Kansas City Royals T-shirt he was wearing underneath a jacket.

The song will be available on iTunes starting Thursday.

It was the first national TV appearance for the duo, who will stay in New York to perform for the crowds at Fashion Week. Wednesday, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear announced that they will perform at the international Newport Folk Festival in July. They will also be at the Uptown Theater on April 23 for Ink’s Middle of the Map Festival.

Before the Wards’ performance, Letterman talked to Bill Belichick, head coach of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, and both mentioned the Patriots’ 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in September and how it affected the remainder of the Patriots’ season. The Pats won 10 of their next 11 games after that loss.

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