One of the most unique guitar players/vocalists, whose style bridges virtually all genres, brings forth his new singer songwriter release “Simple Man.” His credits include two #1 songs as a jazz guitarist, his own line of Pulaski furniture called “Rhythm and Home,” and tour credits that span the globe. With ten albums as a jazz and blues guitarist under his belt, the new album “Simple Man” adds his incredibly unique and soulful voice to the mix.
The new album “Simple Man” features eleven songs. Four co-written with Nashville writers Cara Hogan and country music veteran Steve Dean. Dean’s writing includes #1 hits for Reba Mcentire, Rodney Atkins, Waylon Jennings, George Strait, Alabama, and many more. The album brings together soulful Americana, retro country twang, sweet melody, and from the heart emotion. Grammy award winning producers Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn) and Billy Hume (Infamous Stringdusters) bring their refined producing and mixing skills to this album. Eddie Gore (RCA Studio C, Nashville) and Ryan Youmans (Amber Sound) contributed mixing as well.
The Nashville and New York musicians also shine on this release. Michael Webb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlisle) brings the keyboards, Andy Ellison (Jon Pardi) adds the pedal steel guitar, Chris Marshak (Steve Winwood) lays down the groove, Alex Wright (Brett Eldridge), Pat Falco, Jon Preddice(Miles to Dayton), Sean Michael Ray, Benjie Porecki, Christian Dorn also showcase their talents on the new release.
The album “Simple Man” has already received a great response at radio, with over 60 stations in the Triple A, Non Commercial, and Country formats spinning the album. The debut video for the title track “Simple Man” has received over 225,000 views on Facebook alone. New York video producer Adam Forgione helped create a very original storyline video that brings to life the relatable message of “Simple Man.”
The CD release concert for “Simple Man” brought a full house crowd to the legendary music venue “My Father’s Place” in Roslyn, Long Island, NY. Faithful fans from all over the country gathered on March 28th to celebrate this one of kind artist and his latest album. Fans were treated to not only a concert featuring Matt’s incredible 6 piece band, but to the back story on how this album came to be. Stories on Matt’s journey, his optimistic and heartfelt beliefs, and his decision to put forth a new sound were woven in-between the songs throughout the night. Upcoming performances include an appearance at John Platt's (WFUV) “On Your Radar” at The Rockwood Music Hall in NYC for June 2019.
When not performing on stage, a big part of his life is bringing music to children. With countless performances at schools and programs across the country, his mission has been to celebrate his love of music with the next generation. His award winning children’s music has even earned the prestigious Iparenting and Parent’s Choice awards. His musical involvement in Autism Awareness, Multiple Sclerosis, and Cerebral Palsy has also been a big part of his work.
He brings masterful guitar playing, a heartfelt and soulful voice, and handcrafted songs with singable and memorable melodies. His style is a rare blend of country twang, blues, roots, rock and even jazz. His songs speak of a hopeful and reassuring message for our world. He is Matt Marshak.