Summer 2024 Update

Live at Alchemy in Providence, Rhode Island June, 2024

I hope everyone is having a great start to their summer. June has been a really incredible month of music. In the past few weeks, I've opened up for one my real musical heroes (Rhett Miller of the Old 97's) and got to chat with him about the album he made with Waylon Jennings and his friendship with Willie Nelson. I spent Father's Day outdoors at a brewery singing old country music while dads ate food from the BBQ truck and drank a beer or two with their families. There were a million other moments in between, so thank you! The thing I've really enjoyed is that in the places I've been 2-3 times now, the crowds seem to get bigger and bigger each time and that's been really exciting to watch. If you think I didn't just knock on wood after typing that previous sentence, I assure you I definitely did. 

I've updated my website with all the July dates that are open to the public (as well as remaining June dates) at www.mattyorksongsandstories.com. The first week of July is fairly light, but then it's nonstop until September. As always, if there are places you think it might make sense for me to perform, please feel free to contact me and I'll try and make it happen. I'm booking up a lot of fall/winter dates now.

 

I'll be talking more about this in the months ahead, but later this year I plan on really working hard on something called The Music is a Beautiful Thing Project. However, The goal is to do two things: 1) Bring music to people/places that might not have a chance to hear much live music otherwise. 2) Try and bring quality musical instruments to places where they'll be put to use. If you'd like to read more about it (there's also a video), please click on the heart above. I think it's going to be awesome and I'm really excited about it.

I fell hard for old southern gospel albums about a year ago and now it's all I listen to. I really love the songs of The Happy Goodmans, George Jones, Willie and Johnny Cash. This song is called “Mansion over the Hilltop”.

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