Matt The Electrician Releases Single “Thank You” & Launches Kickstarter Campaign
New Album, Co-Produced with Tucker Martine, Anticipated for Spring 2020
With a new album announcement co- produced with Tucker Martine with an anticipated release for Spring 2020 , Matt The Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and thousands of shows. Last Thursday, American Songwriterpremiered “Thank You”, a direct sentiment from Matt to his dedicated fanbase for supporting him throughout the years. Rooted in gratitude, Matt sings, “Where would I be if no one helped me along? I wouldn’t have gotten very far on my own.”The single also serves as a pre-emptive show of appreciation as Matt kicks off a major Kickstarter campaign for his most ambitious record yet, taking him into the studio of renowned producer Tucker Martine (Jenny Lewis, Iron & Wine, My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Neko Case) in Portland, Oregon this fall. The collaboration with Martine marks a significant new career phase for Matt -- his first time working with a producer in his more than 25 years of writing and performing. The accompanying Kickstarter campaign for the album launches today, which is anticipated for release in Spring 2020.
Years before moving to Austin, Texas and launching his career as a working-class folk musician, Matt Sever grew up on the West Coast in Pacific Groves, California. His parents — a union carpenter and a seamstress — played John Denver and Pete Seeger songs on the family record player, and Matt spent his earliest years surrounded by things that would later fill his own music: acoustic guitars, timeless melodies, lyrics that celebrated the joys and heartaches of everyday life, and — above all else — a strong work ethic.
That work ethic served him well in the mid-1990s, when he moved to Austin in search of new horizons and better opportunities. Matt was already playing music by then, and in need of a steady day job to help pay the bills, he began working as an electrician, spending his days wiring houses in the sweltering Texas heat. Once quitting time came, he'd grab his guitar and drive himself to an evening show, usually taking the stage in his work boots and sweaty clothes. "Hi, I'm Matt the Electrician," he'd tell the crowd, hoping his occupation would help explain his appearance. The name stuck, even after his growing fanbase at home — as well as abroad — allowed him to hang up his pliers for good.
Best described as “folk music for a modern age”, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century suburban life, Matt explains, “I tend to write about things that have happened to my family and me. Songs about the small things in life, which, to me, are really the big things.” His music has been hailed by critics at NPR Music, No Depression, PopMatters, and The Austin Chronicle; his songs have appeared in a number of radio programs, commercials, TV shows, and movies, including This American Life,Playing Mona Lisa, and “Army Wives”.
Catch Matt The Electrician On Tour: Sept 3 – London, UK – The Green Note Sept 5 – Winchester, UK – Hyde Tavern Sept 8 – Leicestershire, UK – The Long Road Festival Sept 10 – Birmingham, UK – Kitchen Garden Cafe Sept 11 – Bury, UK – The Met Studio Sept 12 – Glasgow, UK – The Glad Cafe Sept 13 – Liverpool, UK – Liverpool Philharmonic (The Music Room)
True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt. Garth Brooks