Madelyn Read on Whimsy, Friendship Breakups, Staking Her Claim in Alt-Country, and Grant Writing Tips


Nov 1 2023 • 1 hr 22 mins

Alex and Karen are joined by musician Madelyn Read to talk about the path she is carving for herself as an alt-country artist in the Vancouver music scene. They discuss everything to do with her new album Concrete Country, including the grant-writing process that provided her with a “contractual obligation” to complete the project, as well as the different songwriting processes she implemented for each tune. They also talk about the nuances of friendship; holding space for your emotions and creativity; finding authenticity when making art; and the importance of incorporating whimsy into your everyday life.

Follow Madelyn: @madelynread

Listen to Concrete Country and check out her work here

Follow us on instagram @vicarious.pod

Have any questions or topics you want to hear us discuss? Email us at


  • Edited by Alex Scott & mixed by Will Chernoff.
  • Music and artwork by Alex Scott.

Check out Alex’s solo project @lx.tox |Bandcamp | Spotify

Check out Karen’s band @realearthtones |Bandcamp | Spotify

Creative Recommendations: