“You have to have smarts and heart to turn the same three chords Buddy Holly used into something fresh. On Matt York’s “Boston, Texas,” the singer-songwriter uses basic building blocks — Holly’s chords, Hank Williams’ swagger, Steve Earle’s boozy wisdom, Paul Westerberg’s straight-up-drunk wisdom — to construct an album of beauty, optimism and heartbreak. York came up with indie rock notables Wide Iris around the turn of the century, but has been out of the game for a while. He doesn’t seem rusty. The lead track “Big Fan of Why” has him charging into aces roadhouse rockabilly. “Let’s Go to the Beach” adds snarl and strut to the affair. “Tomorrows” draws a line between ’70s country rock and Northampton indie I didn’t know could be drawn. These songs have so much life and pathos, I can’t imagine the kind of power they would have live. Thankfully, I don’t need to speculate. York celebrates the release of “Boston, Texas” this weekend” - Jed Gottlieb. Boston Herald, January, 2016.

The latest 

I should have a pretty awesome announcement regarding a show that we'll be playing in September soon. Just waiting on some final details of it. In the meantime, I have a boatload of shows coming up in September. Next Thursday (September 1st), I'll be taking part in the Improv Boston MainStage Spotlight Series in Cambridge. This really isn't a show as much as me presumably making a complete foot out of myself. I will perform a song, do a Q&A and possibly act in a skit. Again, this probably won't go well but more info can be found at http://www.improvboston.com/shows/mainstage

On September 3rd, I'll be playing an acoustic show outdoors at the Plymouth, MA waterfront as part of Brewster Productions' Acoustic Nights Summer Series. For more information, visit http://brewsterproductions.com/concertseries/

On September 8th, I'll be playing a short solo set at Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River which is a beautiful venue on the South Coast.

On September 10th, we'll be doing the full band thing at the Boston Arts Festival which is taking place at Columbus Park in the North End. That should be an awesome show. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. I don't have a set time yet but will update this page once I do http://www.celebrateboston.com/boston-arts-festival.htm

That's the beginning of September, we have a few more things planned later in the month that I'll post about soon.


Here's a video we did recently with Night Train Sessions for an unreleased track called "I'm All Done".



We had a great time with Anngelle Wood on WZLX 101.7 FM's Boston Emissions Summer Sessions this past weekend. Our song "On My Own" was #3 on the Boston Emissions countdown. You can vote by clicking on this link to keep it in the top 3. http://wzlx.cbslocal.com/2016/08/15/be81416/

We have a couple of weeks off from gigs and then a jam packed September. Info on the September gigs are on the right hand side of this page. 

WZLX Summer Series this Sunday 

Doing the full band thing this Sunday night in studio on WZLX 101.7 FM's Boston Emissions w/ Anngelle Wood at 10 p.m. We'll be playing a short set and talking w/ Anngelle Tune in on 101.7 FM on your radio dial or listen in online at http://wzlx.cbslocal.com.

I had a good time in NYC playing at the Bitter End. We got some audio from the soundboard there and I'll be posting some of that in the weeks ahead. This song was recorded there this past Sunday. https://soundcloud.com/wideiris/love-you-the-same-live

August update 

Here's a new video from the Night Train Sessions that we did. This is a newer song that hasn't been recorded in the studio yet.

We've got two out of state shows this week. We'll be with full band in Pawtucket, Rhode Island at the Bitter End this Thursday, August 4th. It's an all-ages show and we're on at 9:30. On Sunday, I'll be playing solo in NYC at The Bitter End on Bleecker Street. Doors are at  7 p.m. and I'm on at 8:30. This is also all ages.

On Sunday, August 14th we'll be playing in-studio at 100.7 FM WZLX's Boston Emissions Summer Concert Series. You can listen live on the old radio dial or listen online at http://wzlx.cbslocal.com/


The broken trophy 

I was happy to receive the New England Country Music Organization's "2016 Traditional Country Songwriter of the Year" award for my song "I"m Back". I was unable to attend the awards show and received the trophy in the mail yesterday. Unfortunately, when I was taking the trophy out of packaging and cracked the top of it. While my album certainly isn't a traditional country album, that track is. You can listen to it here. http://mattyorkboston.bandcamp.com/track/im-back


Latest update 

There's a nice write-up in Red Line Roots on the new song/video. You can check it out here . I've got a few shows coming up.

July 30th (Private Function)

August 3rd (Thursday) - The Met, Pawtucket, RI. Full band. All ages, we're on around 10 p.m.

August 7th (Sunday) - Playing the legendary Bitter End in Greenwich Village

Latest update 

There's a really great review it today's Worcester Telegram that was written by Victor Infante that discusses the Boston, Texas release. You can check it out here http://www.telegram.com/article/20160714/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/160719584.  

I'll be at Tavern at the End of the World tomorrow night (Saturday) doing the full-band thing along with The Bitter Bastids. Music starts around 9:30 and we're on about 11 p.m. The Tavern is the located at 108 Cambridge Street in Charlestown (just over the Somerville line).  

I'm excited to be playing this year's Boston Arts Festival which will take place on Saturday, September 10th at Columbus Park in the North End. I'll have more info on that in the coming weeks. Lastly, if you haven't seen the video for my new tune "On My Own", you can check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4038oN-ZIw


Video Premiere and Summer News 

Just a quick music update. Recently the lovely Beth York directed a video for a new song that I recently recorded. Today, the Boston Herald is premiering the video on their website. Check it out by clicking here. You can also view it on YouTube. For those of you from the Pembroke area, you'll likely recognize a few of the faces in the video (literally everybody in the video is from Pembroke). If you like the song, you can download an MP3 of it for free at https://soundcloud.com/wideiris/on-my-own. 

I just played down at the beautiful Truro Vineyards last night and have several shows coming up (see below).  

Thanks and enjoy your summer, 

Upcoming Shows: 

July 12th - Midway Cafe in J.P. (solo) with Boketto (album release), Violet Kairos and Jason Layne and Sunken Armada 
July 16th - Tavern at the End of the World (Boston) with Bitter Bastids 
August 4th - The Met Cafe (Pawtucket, Rhode Island) 
August 7th - The Bitter End (Greenwich Village, NYC) 
September 3rd - Acoustic Nights at the Hedge House Lawn (Plymouth) with Jake Hill

News, reviews and more 

This past weekend, we filmed scenes for a new  video. It's being directed by the lovely, talented Emmy Award winning wife of mine. It's for a new track that I just recently recorded at Seasound Audio in Plymouth with Mark Bryant once again producing. We're looking forward to putting it out soon.

This week the full band will be visiting Night Train Sessions to shoot some live videos with them. Be sure to follow their YouTube station for info.

I have a little break in playing gigs and then a busy summer. On Wednesday, July 6th, I'll be playing at the beautiful Truro Vineyards as part of their W.A.A.M. nights series. Tickets are $40 and include wines from their vineyards, farm to table appetizers, artwork on display/for sale and me playing a couple of sets solo acoustic. For more info/tickets, visit https://trurovineyardsofcapecod.com/events-calendar/

On July 12th I'll be at the Midway Café in Jamaica Plain (solo acoustic) and July 16th I'll be full-band at the Tavern at the End of the World in Charlestown

Really nice write-up and interview in the German online magazine Global Texan Chronicles of the new album. http://globaltexanchronicles.com/matt-york-boston-texas/


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"Opening Act" Contest on Sept. 8th at the Narrows Center in Fall River, MA: Elsie (featuring Lisa Couto Music & Ray Cooke), Flight of Fire, Allison Giuliano Music & Kevin Giuliano Music, Huxster, Moment of Clarity, Gracelyn Rennick, Ilene Springer, We Own Land and Matt York Music. Audience vote at the end of the night is equal to 20% of each artist's score. Proceeds will benefit a local no kill animal shelter. We hope to see you there!