Matt Duke On the Hill Session at Kettle Pot Tracks
We were introduced to Matt by via Burlap and Bean (http://burlapandbean.com/), a lovely listening room in the near Philadelphia suburb of Newtown Square. The owner of the venue—a close friend of ours with great taste—recommended Matt as a personal favorite, so we just had to see what that was about…
We spent the better part of an afternoon getting to know Matt and his songs: both are thoughtful and intense. His voice is flexible and emotive; his guitar playing is understatedly proficient and artfully appropriate for the lyric-centric songs he crafts. Altogether, Matt’s excellent: we’re very excited to share this session with you.
Get to know Matt Duke; we think you’ll be glad you did!
My abridged bio: I started playing music when I was in elementary school and gravitated towards the guitar when I was going into my teens. I began writing songs immediately and they were awful, but through songwriting, I found my “voice” and figured that whether or not the compositions ever took shape or whether or not I could write a hook didn’t matter all that much.
Performing was (and is) the other equally important part of the journey, so I decided to start playing out at local coffee shops in South Jersey…the idea was to play 3 hours of cover songs, while peppering in a handful of my awful, but earnest songs of my own. Either a lot has changed or nothing much at all, but that’s how I started and that would just about explain where I’m at now…that and the love and support of music enthusiasts I’ve met in all facets of this industry (including the folks that fill in the seats and download my music).
I chose these songs for the “On The Hill” session because – at the risk of sounding unprepared – I left it up in the air and decided to see how I felt from the onset of the afternoon. After walking through the doorway, being greeted by a handsome cat, noshing on delicious apricots, and taking in the general vibe of the room that was set aside for recording that afternoon, I had a better idea of what I wanted to play…with room for suggestions as the day played out.
I just came back from China and celebrated the one year birthday of my daughter, Wren. Between the 300 weddings we’re preparing for this fall (including our own…HOORAY!) and the bracing myself for the excitement and anxiety of the looooong holiday season on the way, I’ll be en route to Guatemala, traveling with good friends and musicians to do some relief work and play music through the Music Is Love Exchange (gomile.org). I’m looking forward to doing some touring in 2015, but in the meantime there should be some shows in the near future, here along the east coast (including Burlap and Bean on October 3rd…the best venue in the history of venues).