Madison's Calico Drifters (okay, technically the trio are from Mount Horeb, Middleton and Fredonia, but try to convey that in a press packet) make acoustic Americana noted for the strength of its vocals. Thomas Burns and Sue Prodell turn many of these songs into duets, a strategy that matches his country singing style against her more wide-ranging influences of folk and blues.
What's most impressive is the detailed songwriting: Here is the rare example of local country-influenced musicians writing original, fresh and authentic songs. "Don't Come Down Here" is a tale of abandoned institutions and lost innocence, with words that reach out and connect. The Calico Drifters are a welcome and promising new addition to Madison music.
The Calico Drifters play Fyfe's Corner Bistro, Saturday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m.