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Summer 2021 

I've got a bunch of shows coming up throughout New England this summer. I hope to catch you at one of them. The new album is done and will be released before 2021. I'm still figuring out the logistics of that. I'll be playing my first full band show in nearly two years, opening for Sam Morrow at The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint in Medford, MA on Sunday, September 5th.

Here's a video my set at The Stone Church in Newmarket, NH. https://fb.watch/v/1QQeVcwSd/

May update 

Hi folks,

I've got a few shows coming up in May. It was nice to be back out there playing some gigs in April as well. Beginning May 7th, Massachusetts can have indoor singing again, so I'll hopefully be doing a lot more gigs in the coming weeks/months. I'll also be doing some house concerts this spring/summer. If you are interested in having me perform, please reach out at mattyorkpembroke@gmail.com and we can make it happen.

Songs and Stories 

Songs and Stories is a new music series that I'm performing throughout New England in 2021. While all my life, I've performed my own original songs, I've also been a huge fan of music and been an avid reader and listener of so many of my musical heroes. Songs and Stories is a 60 or 90 minute performance that blends songs by the artists and stories about their upbringing and careers. For the summer/fall of 2021, I'll be focusing on the country supergroup The Highwaymen, which consisted of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. I'll talk about the various collaborations those artists had with each other earlier in their careers, talk about the forming of The Highwaymen and perform a bunch of their most famous songs. If you'd be interested in booking me to perform, please call/text 781-953-6177 or email me at mattyorkpembroke@gmail.com. 

 

Lastly, I recently had a chance to take part in a livestream put on by Tiny Oak Booking at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain. The quality of the video/audio is excellent. I play for about 45 minutes and there's a bunch of new songs on there. Just click on the picture below or here to watch/listen. 

 

 

March update 

I had a chance to talk w/ the Patriot Ledger about the music life during COVID, along with some other area musicians. You can read the article here

I recently had a chance to chat with The Local Seen on PacTV and play a new song called "Baby Doll". Click below to watch.

I've added a Rhode Island and Massachusetts dates for late March and April. I'd suggest checking back at those dates draw closer in case anything changes regarding state guidelines for live shows. Hopefully, I'll be playing a bunch of gigs here before long.

If you listen to Spotify, please consider following me at this link. I'll be releasing new music in the coming months and Spotify will let you know when, if you follow me.

Thanks!

 

February Update 

Happy February,

Massachusetts still isn't allowing live music at this time, so I remain in a holding pattern as far as gigs. However, I've had an opportunity to spend a bunch of time in the studio recording. The tracking of the album is done and we're just in the mixing and mastering stages now. Hopefully, I will be releasing some new music out into the world very soon.

Recently, I was asked to be part of a series hosted by the great Brick Briscoe on PBS's show Any Road with Brick Briscoe to talk about the state of the music world. I appear a few times throughout the episode, which speaks with musicians from all over the world about what they think the post-COVID world of music will look like. You can click on the picture below or click https://www.pbs.org/video/any-road-with-brick-briscoe-music-is-dead-part-3-4-j8n90t/ if you'd like to watch it. If you want to stream it through Chromecast to your TV, you'll need to download the PBS app and seach for the show on their app. 

Hope everyone is safe out there and hopefully we'll see each other soon.

Best,

Matt

 

 

2021 Update 

Happy 2021 folks. Not a lot to report. Live music is on hold in Massachusetts due to the virus. Currently, I have no gigs lined up until life becomes a little more normal-ish. I've been hard at work in the studio however and am really excited about the new stuff that I'm recording. Just about done and will be getting it mastered soon. More to come on that.

Below is a video of a song I did a few months ago, outdoors in the summer sun. 

Stay safe folks!

 

 

December update 

A lot less shows due to winter setting in and, in case you hadn't heard, the pandemic. I'm doing two socially distant shows on Friday, December 11th and 18th from 5:30 - 8:30 at my friend Lori Cook's Somewhere Else Tavern in Pembroke, MA. 

A couple of items of note, my song "Scent of Sin" is part of the Keep Boston Safe compilation that includes a number of great New England bands. You can check out and support a great cause if you purchase it at https://keepsafeboston.bandcamp.com/album/ksb2020-for-dcf-wonderfund. Also, Global Texan Chronicles named "Scent of Sin" one of their Top Five Singles of 2020. Read about that here https://globaltexanchronicles.com/top-5-singles-of-2020/ 

I've also been in the studio recording a new album. A good chunk of it was done before COVID and, in recent months, I've continued working on it. Really excited with how it's coming out. Hopefully will have it out in the universe in early to mid 2021. Below is a link to me doing "Blue Christmas"

Stay safe and Happy Holidays!

 

November Update 

Not much to report. I'm pecking away at some new stuff in the studio. That's coming along nicely. The Connecticut show that was scheduled for later this month is being rescheduled. Currently, I don't have any gigs for the remainder of 2020, but that'll likely change. Below is a link to a video of a song by the great Texas songwriter Billy Joe Shaver. He was one of my very favorite songwriters and he passed away a couple of weeks ago. The song is called "Live Forever" and his music will definitely do just that.

Stay safe everyone!

October Update 

Had a relatively busy September, all things considered. October is likely going be a slower month. Currently, I've only got October 10th at The Porch in Medford booked. I'm sure there will be shows added for October though. Still working that through.

I recently had an opportunity to perform for an hour on WATD 95.9 FM's Almost Famous Radio Show. During that, I talked about pandemic life and also played six songs that I've written during the end of times. You can listen to that at https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-pn79v-ed9d6d 

Stay safe everyone!


 

September Update 

A few gigs on the horizon including my first two trips down to Rhode Island since the pandemic. I'll also be kicking off the night at The Porch in Medford before Josh Morningstar's performance on September 26th. For more info, check out my shows page at https://mattyorkmusic.com/shows.

Obviously life continues to be in limbo worldwide, so any gigs in the coming months could change due to COVID. I won't be doing any traveling outside of New England to perform anytime soon.

Many of us that do the type of music I do are kinda sons and daughters of the great Steve Earle  He's a songwriting hero to us. One of his actual sons, Justin Townes Earle was also a songwriting hero to many, including me. He passed away at the young age of 38 earlier recently  in Nashville, leaving behind a wife and three-year old daughter. I saw him three times over the years and, the last time I saw him at the Narrows Center for the Arts, he was terrific and seemingly on top of his game. This is one of my favorite songs of his called "Harlem River Blues".

 

 

August Update 

Hello folks,

Not much to report. I've been playing a few outdoor gigs this summer. Have a couple more scheduled for August/September. All of that is obviously subject to change. If you are on Facebook, be sure to follow my page at www.facebook.com/mattyorkboston.

The video below is of an old Tom T. Hall song called "That's How I Got to Memphis". Hope you like it. 

 

 

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Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen

The Lawn at East , 54 Kingman Street, Brockton, MA

Through the years, music has allowed me to travel all over performing my own songs. However, I've always been a student of music and just prior to COVID, I'd begun a music series called "Songs and Stories" that is aimed at small listening audiences. The format is to take a few iconic artists connected by genre or time, and talk about their musical contributions, tell some stories about the artists and perform some of their most famous songs. For the summer and fall of 2021, I'll be performing songs by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. These four iconic country stars joined forces to perform as the The Highwaymen later in their career. However, they'd all be working together in various ways prior to that.

Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen

Kingston Public Library, 6 Green Street, Kingston, MA

Through the years, music has allowed me to travel all over performing my own songs. However, I've always been a student of music and just prior to COVID, I'd begun a music series called "Songs and Stories" that is aimed at small listening audiences. The format is to take a few iconic artists connected by genre or time, and talk about their musical contributions, tell some stories about the artists and perform some of their most famous songs. For the summer and fall of 2021, I'll be performing songs by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. These four iconic country stars joined forces to perform as the The Highwaymen later in their career. However, they'd all be working together in various ways prior to that.