About Us

Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band, is on a mission to reignite authentic American culture through great rock music.

Since the release of their first album in 2011, the band has worked tirelessly to create an entirely new genre of music – patriotic rock. Combining a brilliant classic rock sound with inspirational tributes to our men and women in uniform, it is clear that this band is on a mission to not only make great music, but to also send a message that American culture is alive and well.

Their new album - American Hero - is respectfully dedicated to the men and women of our armed forces, along with the police, firefighters and other first responders whose sacrifice and selfless dedication to the service of this country, at home and abroad, help this great nation to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave. Madison Rising promotes the principles of liberty, independence, smaller government and personal responsibility.

Lead Singer Rio Hiett: Rio spent nearly 20 years serving in the United States Air Force as a Munitions troop, generally known as AMMO Dawgs. As an OIF/OEF veteran, he had 5 separate deployments to Iraq, Qatar, and Jordan as his units supplied close air support to Marines in the "Battle of Fallujah" as well as the "Surge" to take back the city of Baghdad. He became the first Air National Guard member to instruct at the Sheppard Air Force Base Munitions Systems Technology School, then subsequently retired at the rank of Master Sergeant as a Production Superintendent. Over the past decade, his intense energy, combined with a southern bluesy vocal mix and a touch of hardline grit, garnered him the vocalist position for the national act 10Blade, the Baltimore based hard-rock band, Broken Beneath and America's most patriotic rock band, Madison Rising.

Drummer Sam Fishman: Being the drummer for Madison Rising is a true calling for Sam. He is a patriot, hard worker, and loyal friend and musician. Sam is a graduate from the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music and lives in NJ. He may seem innocent and well mannered, but behind the drums he is truly a possessed man. When not on tour with the band, Sam is a highly sought after drum instructor and has helped dozens of other musicians develop the skills they need to be successful in the music industry.

Lead Guitarist AJ Larsen: AJ Larsen grew up in rural Pennsylvania listening to and playing music from bands like Metallica, Joe Satriani and Story of the Year. Along the way he has crafted his own sound and style and is now a seasoned guitarist with nearly 20 years of experience, both on the road and in the studio. AJ is a passionate disciple of Paul Reed Smith (PRS) guitars and Mesa Boogie amps, as well as an expert in the art and science of music production. Larsen joined Madison Rising in the fall of 2013 and brought with him thick, rich tones along with the melodic attack the band wanted to complete their sound. His great attitude, strong guitar work, and funny guy persona are the perfect fit for the band.

Bassist Tom DiPietro: Tom’s lifelong passion for and commitment to music was first developed in his elementary school years in NYC where he became obsessed with acquiring rock albums from the local record store and scouring through mail-order musical catalogues. Tom is a devout follower of music genres ranging from heavy metal through progressive rock. His deep appreciation for the American dream was cultivated through years working as a support staffer for troubled youth. In the classroom, Tom helped youngsters to realize the wealth of opportunity that is waiting for responsible, hard working citizens, and that education and positive moral values should be instilled in our youngsters in order to preserve the ideals of this great country for generations to come.

Executive Producer: Richard Mgrdechian