Song to get you through the week, Stan Matthews delivers compelling  "Road"  by Victor Infante, Worcester Telegram 11/15/20.

 

“Classic country” musician Stan Matthews isn't the flashiest musician on the Worcester music scene, but he's always been a bit of a workhorse and an artist who's always unfailingly true to his own voice. Perhaps that's what makes his recent rough-hewn gem of a single, “The Road,” so compelling. 

“My hands are blackened from the work I do,” sings Matthews, in his low, stentorian vocals. “It's the working man’s sin I’m living through/My knees they ache, my hips are sore/My feet they don't move that much anymore.” 

Matthews here is brooding over work, or the absence of such … of not being able to do the thing one was meant to do. “I envy no man,” he sings, “And how he lives/For the path/that he must choose.” The lyrics ring true, and Matthews' voice resonates with honesty throughout, all the way to the spoken coda at the song's end: “We all have a ghost or two in our closet./We all drag a chain that we've forged in our lives.” 

The song's wistfulness is enhanced by Michael Harmon of Wachusett Recording's production, who also provides a nice touch of horse-gallop percussion, as well as some great Western-flavored guitar by Bob Sarkala. It has that aforementioned classic feel, but it definitely resonates with the world today.

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A new single, "THE ROAD", available Friday, Oct. 16th on Itunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Bandcamp and more.

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"The Road", New Song to be released soon!

2020 International Singer Songwriter Associations Award

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It’s hard to get any more straight-up country than Stan Matthews. Not even just locally: Matthews’ music feels like a throwback to another era, and his three-song EP, “You and Me,” catches all the grit, toughness and tenderness that the likes of Hank Williams could conjure. “Lonely Man,” “True” and “You and Me” are simple songs, but they’re charming and ring with honesty and a sort of endearing wistfulness.” - Victor Infante

Worcester Telegram Dec. 8, 2019

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