Meet Matt York from Pembroke, MA
Matt York could teach a course in songwriting. A consummate wordsmith with an obvious passion for the mighty pen, York’s life experiences have provided plenty of fodder. The singer/songwriter’s inspiration road map has taken him from Willie Nelson to Lou Reed, and beyond. Lyrically, Matt wears his heart on his sleeve, which perfectly compliments his honey whiskey vocals.
- From: Pembroke, MA
- Grew up in: Foxboro, MA
- Now lives in: Pembroke, MA
- Current single, and or EP or Album: Bruisable Heart released September, 2019
- What led you to music: I honestly don’t remember not loving and/or being consumed by music. Music has been a huge part of my life since I was old enough to sit and listen to my dad’ record player and read all the liner notes of the LPs he owned.
- How old when you started: I was pretty precocious. I started playing guitar at eleven and started playing the clubs in Boston when I was about fifteen.
- Instruments played: I’m a good guitarist. I’m average at a several other instruments.
- How would you describe your sound: I’m influenced by both rock and country artists. My musical heroes are Steve Earle, Lou Reed and Willie Nelson.
- Who inspires you: Musically, I’m inspired by people that try to create music that impacts people, whether it be socially or emotionally. I just love great songs and any time I hear one, I’m inspired to work harder at my craft.
- Awards/accolades: I’ve been nominated the past two years by the New England Awards as “Best Male Artist” and my new album was just named one of boston.com’s “Top Albums of 2019”.
- Dream duet partner: Emmylou Harris or Margo Price
- All- time favorite country songs: “Always on my Mind” by Willie Nelson or “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones.
- First country concert: Willie Nelson
- If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing: I’ve had day jobs through the years, but I define myself as a musician. I haven’t a clue what I’d do otherwise.
- Most proud moment: Some of my favorite moments have been when my wife has joined me on bass and our daughters were in the audience watching us perform. I never could have imagined something like that happening when I was starting out.
- Crazy thing that happened in your music career: I met my wife at a show at The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. We were both playing in bands, I asked her out and we’ve created a wonderful life together ever since.
- Other things you like to do: I’m a runner. I love playing sports. I seemingly have a guitar in my hands at all times but I most enjoy hanging with my wife and kids.
- Fun facts: I graduated Magna Cum Laude from college with a degree in Economics, yet was still dumb enough to decide I should try and make a living singing and playing guitar : ). I’m somewhat ambidextrous. I’m a slow runner, but I’ve completed two half-marathons and might possibly do a full marathon if my body can tolerate it. I’m not sure it can though : )
- Mantra: My sanitized mantra is “Don’t be a jerk”. The un-sanitized version doesn’t have jerk in it.
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