From Matt Thackston
Matt Thackston comes to us from the small town of Eden, N.C. He counts as his earliest influences a mother who loved country music, and a father who infused rock 'n' roll and Motown into his home. Matt began singing in church and school plays as soon as he was old enough to participate. He wrote his first song with a friend at the age of 14.
At 16 years of age, Matt caught the performance of Melissa Etheridge and Bruce Springsteen on MTV Unplugged and was so inspired by their song (Springsteen's "Thunder Road") that he learned guitar just to be able to play it. He also decided then and there to pursue songwriting as his direction in life.
After playing in classic rock cover bands through high school and earning a degree in music from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., Matt moved on to Nashville, where he now performs several nights every week in various writers' rounds and featured writer spots. Influenced by the likes of Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon and the Indigo Girls (to name just a few), Matt is developing his own brand of folksy roots rock that crosses the boundaries of genre. His songs are genuine and real, reflecting the stories, dreams, and longings of people who know, or have known, a home in the heartland.
"For an eclectic blend of Southern roots rock and bluegrass, this is the CD to pick up. Highlights include the country lyrics of "Blood Brothers" and the poignant "Someday Soon." It's a nice look into the immense pool of untapped talent coming out of Nashville." - AG
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Great, heartfelt singing, plus earthy, poetic songwriting. The punchy production features searing electric guitar, rippling mandolin and taut drumming. If Matt doesn't have a hit with ("It Was Our Town"), Kenny Chesney needs to hear his song pronto. Who IS this guy?"
Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Magazine
"It was no mystery that this country upstart, originally from the foothills of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, appreciates rural tradition and boasts a lot of talent. With smooth vocals and a knack for thoughtful, intelligent songwriting, Thackston is brimming with promise."
"Listening to Matt Thackston for the first time makes you wonder why you haven't heard this music before. Poignant lyrics that are immediately recognizable and familiar blended with melodic vocals and music that personifies the term of Americana by blending bluegrass, roots rock, and solid country. Proving again that independent music holds some of the best singers and songwriters that deserve to be heard."
Rikk Matheson, RikksRevues.com