About the Band
This group has earned the respect of some of the most talented musicians in the area, along with radio stations and fans alike. They have also shared the stage with many national acts through the years!
Mike Zibell, 4 year Q106 MCMA Male Vocalist of the Year and 96.3 Star Country Male Vocalist of the Year, along with his uncle Augie Zibell, also a winner of the Q106 MCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, give the band blood-rich harmonies. With those harmonies, is a very talented and versatile group of instrumentalists, which includes, Kevin Hendrickson on drums, Johnny Sparkle on bass, Dan Mahieu on keyboards, Angel Salinas on lead guitar, Mike Zibell on guitar & banjo, and Kayla Potter on fiddle & mandolin.
Over the years, MADISON COUNTY has released 3 full CDs ("Diamond In the Rough", "Make My Way Back Home" and "Enjoy the Ride"), as well as a 6-song EP with an Indie Label, out of Nashville, entitled "Perspective". This self-titled single was voted "Best Country Song" at the MAMA Awards. The group has sold well over 15,000 CDs and thousands of digital sales of their music, along with 6 local radio releases.
Since the Covid19 shutdown of businesses and gigs, Madison County has been working on new original music. May 2021, they started to release an original Single-of-the-Month. May, "Roller Coaster Ride" - June, "Drinkin' Crowd" - July, "Set Me Free". Videos on www.madcounty.com/music .
MADISON COUNTY has been privileged to share the stage with many national artists over the years, including, but not limited to: Little Big Town, Sugarland, Montgomery-Gentry, Blake Shelton, Brantley Gilbert, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Gary Alan, Love and Theft, Neal McCoy, Rascal Flatts, Justin Moore, Chris Cagle, Phil Vassar, Bellamy Brothers, Joe Diffie, Dwight Yoakum, David Allan Coe, and Alan Jackson.
4 - time Q106 MCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, also voted Star Country 96.3's Male Vocalist of the Year, Mike brings to MADISON COUNTY, a very unique and dynamic vocal presence and writing style. Mike has written most of the songs that have been recorded by this group. He also brings front man experience to a group that thrives on its high-energy performance. His determination and drive shows on stage.
Mike's passion, ever since the first days of developing the true showband idea of MADISON COUNTY, has been to bring something incredibly unique and entertaining to the fans.
Born in El Paso, TX, Mike now resides in Waunakee, WI.
It all started with pots, pans, buckets and a sandbox. Kevin emulating his dad's award-winning country band, eventually becoming their drummer at a young age. In 2000 he began a 13 year run as the drummer of Madison County. After a hiatus, he is excited to be back rocking the drum seat once again for Madison County. He currently resides in New Glarus, Wisconsin
Augie, Mike's uncle, has won Male Vocalist of the Year at the Q106 MCMA awards. His lead vocals and full range harmonies give MADISON COUNTY its rich kin-vocal presence, and his high energy performance gives the group one of the most action-packed shows in the Midwest.
Augie is co-writer on MADISON COUNTY's single "Make My Way Back Home". His unique ability to engage the crowd at every show is a key asset in bringing the fans out time and time again. The showman of the group hails from Madison, WI.