“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.

December Update 

The show that I was supposed to play on December 2nd at the Tuneful Brew in Duxbury has been rescheduled until April. Unfortunately, the building had some water damage and they needed to reschedule.

I recorded a Christmas song last year and you can download it for free at https://soundcloud.com/wideiris/blue-christmas. It's a cover of the Ernest Tubb song "Blue Christmas" which was later recorded by Elvis.

I have a track on the digital compilation Keep Boston Safe that was put together by Anngelle Wood of Boston Emissions. The Keep Boston Safe compilation is raising money for Fenway Health which, for more than 45 years  has been their mission to enhance the well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy. To donate and download the digital compilation, visit https://keepsafeboston.bandcamp.com/

We've got full band shows on Saturday, January 7th at Olympia's Zorba Hall in Lowell and January 14th at P.A.'s Lounge in Somerville. More info on those shows coming soon. I'll also be returning to the studio in January to record a new album.


November/December update 

I'll be scaling back on the shows here over the next couple of months. I'm going to begin recording my new album in January. I'll have more info on that soon. The next show will be at The Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse in Duxbury, Massachusetts on Friday, December 2nd.

Earlier this year, I taped an episode of the television show, The Steve Katsos Show. He was a bunch of fun to be around and just a really funny and gracious guy.The episode I was on will air on WBIN - TV at the convenient time of Sunday at  2:30 AM. Set your DVR though. You can find WBIN at the following stations: Comcast Channel 18/HD 811, DirectTV Channel 50 Fios Channel 6/HD 506 and Dish Network Channel 50

Lastly, here's a short review of our gig that we just played at The Bowery Electric in NYC a few weeks back. http://www.ontheflipsidemusic.com/music/2016/11/16/the-outlaw-roadshow-nyc-review-part-3

Finally, it's hard to believe this video was done a year ago...but it was. My dog Belle is the star and my wife directed it. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for your support this year.


New single and show this weekend 

Boston music blog Vanyaland is premiering my new single "Birds" today on their website. You can listen to it (and download it for free) at www.vanyaland.com. This song was one of three (along w/ "Hot Shot" and "On My Own") that I recorded over the summer w/ Mark Bryant at Seasound Audio.

We've a great show set for this Sunday, November 6th at Atwoods Tavern in Cambridge with the excellent Carissa Johnson joining us. It's a late afternoon show from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Those with kids are welcome to bring them. It's a $5 suggested donation. Hope to see you there.

Next week and a mixtape 

We've got two full band shows next week. We'll be at the Middle East Café in Cambridge on Wednesday night. We're on at 9:15. We're then headed to New York to play The Outlaw Roadshow which is being held at The Bowery Electric. We're playing on Saturday night (October 22nd) there at 10 p.m. If you'd like to attend the show, you can RSVP to attend the FREE 3 day show!  Get on the list to gain priority access: http://eepurl.com/chgJ2L.

In addition to playing the Outlaw Roadshow, they also just released a mix-tape through Noise Trade which features my song "On My Own. You can stream the mixtape (or download it) at this link 


Country 102.5 FM's Catch of the Week 

Thanks to DJ Carolyn Kruser and Country 102.5 FM WKLB-FM for choosing me as their Local Catch of the Week. While I'm obviously not a country musician, I certainly have country music influences and there are a few tracks from the album that are country-tinged. You can read the interview I did with them here http://country1025.com/2016/10/catch-week-matt-york/. I'll be calling into Carolyn's show at 12:30 today (Thursday, October 6th) and she'll be playing a track from the album. You can listen live on their website or the old-fashioned way (if you're in the Boston area) of using your radio at 102.5 FM. 

October and beyond 

September was a very busy month. We've got a few weeks off and then are back at it. On October 19th we'll be playing the Middle East Café along with Eleanor Elektra and Mug. We'll also be heading back to NYC (this time as a full-band) to play The Bowery Electric as part of The Outlaw Roadshow. That show will take place on Saturday, October 22nd and is free. 

In November, we'll return to Atwoods Tavern in Cambridge an be joined by the excellent Carissa Johnson on Sunday, November 6th.


Midway this weekend 

We had a great time as part of the Outlaw Roadshow down in Nashville, TN. We made some new friends and really enjoyed our time down there. We've been playing all over the place in recent weeks and the final show of September will be at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain. We're on at 10:15 and are part of a great bill with Rick Berlin, Steve Walther and What Time Is It Mr. Fox. This show is 21+. The Midway is on Washington Street in J.P. right by Doyle's restaurant. We don't have another weekend show in the greater Boston area planned for a while so we hope you can join us.


The Outlaw Roadshow - Nashville 

The full band is headed to Nashville to take part of The Outlaw Roadshow. The festival will be taking place between Thursday and Saturday (Sept. 15th - 17th) and we're playing on Saturday night. Shows are being held at both the Mercy Lounge and Hi Watt (which are part of the same building). We still don't have set time or which room we're playing but will update that soon. This should be a blast. For more info visit www.theoutlawroadshow.com.

Show this week 

This week I'll be at the Narrow Center for the Arts in Fall River on Thursday night and the Boston Arts Festival on Saturday afternoon which is taking place  in Columbus Park in Boston. Also, if you'd like to help me spread the word about shows and more, please join my mailing list by clicking the link on the side of the page. Thanks!


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