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Matt the Electrician

Bud Light Stage

With 10 self-released CDs to his name, 20 years as an independent touring singer-songwriter under his belt, and 2 new songs written, Matt the Electrician decided to return to the format of his youth. The 45. In early 2015, Matt embarked on what turned out to be a 2-year project, writing, recording and releasing a 45rpm record every 3 to 4 months, using a different backup band for each disc, with the intent of ending up with 6 records/12 songs at the finish. “I grew up with vinyl, but by the time I was releasing music in my 20s, vinyl was dead, and I figured I would never get to hear my songs on a record player. It actually kind of bummed me out. But when vinyl made a comeback, I thought, oh this is great, I can put something out. And I was really drawn to the 45, the 7inch. That was the first recorded music I ever purchased with my own money. I always loved the deliberateness, and the ceremony that playing a 45 requires. You only listen to one song, and then you have to turn the record over, so you can’t really walk away, or do other things, it forces you to focus on the experience of the music entirely.”

During the course of the project, Matt worked with 6 different bands, mostly from his hometown of Austin, TX. Bluegrass band, Wood & Wire; Electronic folk artist, Little Brave; Ethereal indie-folk songwriter, Dana Falconberry; Free jazz/folk guitarist and songwriter, Wilson Marks: Husband & wife songwriters and producers, Paul Curreri & Devon Sproule; and Heady alt-folk band, The Deer. “Each band brought their own ideas and vibe to the recording process, and it was such an inspiring experience to soak in all these different sounds and ways of playing music, and it definitely changed the way I was writing throughout the project. And, as it turned out, it even influenced the makeup of my current touring band, which is a vocal-centric trio, featuring Seela, who has sung with me for years, and Little Brave (Stephanie Macias) who I recorded the 2nd record with.”

In June 2017, the 6th record in the series was released, recorded with Austin’s, The Deer. At the same time, Matt released a double CD which includes all of the songs from the project, as well as new versions of each of the songs, recorded with his trio. “Over the last 2 years, I’ve been touring, often with the trio, and singing all of these songs, and the versions are different, and have evolved since the recordings, so I wanted there to be a record of that.

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The award-winning Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest is accepting 300 entries beginning January 1, 2020. The submissions will be narrowed to 10 Finalists who will then compete for the Grand Prize, Second Place or the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award. The deadline to enter is March 1 and all finalists perform live on stage at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson that draws a crowd of 65,000 attendees each year.

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