w/ Donovan Woods
as a kid, i couldn't get out of new england fast enough. i left massachusetts when i was 18 and would've moved to the moon if i could have. instead, i drove out to california with my buddy jeff and never looked back… built a support system, a family, a career. i left a place where i didn’t feel understood or connected and went about creating one where i did.
and you know what's crazy…
the group of friends i made along the way... the ones i trust most, the ones who made me feel understood and connected… almost every one of those people are from massachusetts.
that’s what this record's about.
it’s about being jealous of the cool kids who got to spend their summers on nantucket and martha’s vineyard. it’s about how the hint of a boston accent can make me drop my guard and feel connected to a complete stranger. it’s about how growing up listening to folk singers like james taylor, cat stevens, indigo girls & tracy chapman shaped the music i’ve always wanted to make.
and it’s about surrendering to the fact that the person i’ve become is built squarely on the back of the person i was.
Over his almost 30 year career, Matt Nathanson has evolved into one of the most applauded songwriters and engaging performers on the music scene today. His sixth studio album, Some Mad Hope, yielded his breakthrough multi-platinum hit "Come on Get Higher.” He followed up with Modern Love, a critically acclaimed album (PopMatters called it "the closest a pop album comes to perfection this year”) that garnered Nathanson two RIAA Gold Certified singles, “Faster” & “Run (featuring Sugarland)”. His 2013 release, Last of The Great Pretenders, debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 while hitting #1 on iTunes' Alternative Albums chart. His most recent album, Sings His Sad Heart spawned the hit single “Used To Be” which was a chart climber - hitting top 20 at Adult Top 40. Throughout his career, Nathanson has been known to cover songs and artists that inspire him. His Def Leppard approved cover album of their iconic Pyromania called Pyromattia shot to #1 on iTunes Alternative chart and Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott called the album “an amazing reinterpretation” with “heart & soul.” Last year he covered U2’s Achtung Baby as a tribute to his all time favorite album. His holiday LP Farewell December, includes "Blue Christmas” to “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” — as well as his somber take on Joni Mitchell’s “River.” Nathanson has performed on The Howard Stern Show, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Dancing with the Stars, Rachael Ray, and The CMA Awards to name a few.
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