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ONE SHEET - Soul River
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Soul River

In his seventh full length album, independent artist Matthew Alexander offers his most intimate work - SOUL RIVER - 19 songs that showcase his unique guitar style, expressive voice and powerful melodic sensibility. 

Raised in Manhattan by his composer father and poet mother, Alexander took lessons in acoustic style guitar from the late Artie Traum. He was discovered at age 16 by Tin Pan Alley songwriter Lou Stallman who published and pitched his first twelve compositions. Alexander was a headliner at several folk clubs in the late sixties before touring with the group Moonshine. He began his solo career in 1984 and has been compared to such luminaries as: John Hiatt, Mark Knopfler, James Taylor and Paul Simon. He performs frequently to sold out audiences in the Southeast.

Produced by Fred Story, Soul River, has a crisp, spacious, acoustic feel akin to Norah Jones’ first album Come Away with Me. The title track, as well as songs like “Forever Eyes”, “The Poet’s Soul” and “Days of Old San Juan”, reveal a deep emotional core. Two duets with New Hampshire singer-songwriter Click Horning, “Steel Rail Blues” and “I’m A Missin’ You”, are vintage folk classics. Several instrumental tracks -- “When All the Sand Castles Fall” and “Twilight Dream” -- make powerful melodic statements while songs such as “Right to Be Wrong”, “Couple of Hats Boogie” and “Dodgeball” feature his accomplished Travis style guitar picking. Alexander’s remake of the 1961 hit “A Hundred Pounds of Clay” and the Bob Dylan classic “Buckets of Rain” showcase his ability to re-interpret vintage songs in his own style. Alexander’s music can be heard on Pandora at Matthew Alexander Radio and all other digital platforms.


What Others Are Saying:

“Alexander’s CD offers the breath of fresh air we often search for in our record collections but rarely find”
Mark Price, Charlotte Observer

“Poignant and prolific”
Debbie Jet, Rock Hill Herald

“Crisp pop-folk, beautifully recorded...this CD put me through changes….direct and honest with attractive melodies” 
John Grooms, Creative Loafing

“...captivating songwriting and timeless evocative singing”
All About Jazz

 

Album Facts

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Album Release Date: October 27, 2020

 

Performance Highlights

Live Intl. Streaming
CD Release Party
11/7/2020, 7 pm

 

 

 

 


ONE SHEET - Three Minute Movie
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Matthew Alexander

In his sixth full length album, independent artist Matthew Alexander offers his most accomplished work yet – Three Minute Movie – 14 songs that cover a broad scope of the human experience including themes such as betrayal, redemption, grief and love.

Raised in Manhattan by his classical composer father and poet mother, Alexander took lessons in acoustic style guitar from the late Artie Traum and Jack Baker. He was discovered at age 16 by Tin Pan Alley songwriter Lou Stallman who published his first twelve compositions. Alexander’s songs have drawn comparisons to such acoustic pop artists as Jim Croce and Paul Simon. He is known for his unique finger picking style, expressive voice and powerful melodic sensibility.

Produced by Michael McGinnis, Three Minute Movie displays an array of acoustic and electric instruments that are tailored to the emotional heartbeat of each song. The title track bristles with country rock energy. Other songs, such as “Rainy Afternoon” and “Indigo and I”, show a more laid-back jazz-folk style. Two folk-oriented tracks – “Racing Against Time” and “If You Didn’t Know Me” – tackle profound themes of aging and caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s Disease while two instrumentals – “Tagalong” and “Citizen Train” – showcase Alexander’s mastery of Travis picking. Also included on the disc are two covers – “Beyond the Sea” and “Ramblin’ Rose” – which demonstrate Alexander’s talent for bringing a fresh approach to classic songs. Matthew Alexander will be touring throughout the Southeast in the fall of 2015 to promote this record (see www.alexandertunes.com). His music can be heard on Pandora at Matthew Alexander Radio.

 

What Others Are Saying: 

“Alexander’s CD offers the breath of fresh air we often search for in our record collections but rarely find”
Mark Price, Charlotte Observer

“There is artistry in the way his fingers work the strings creating waves of emotion and ripples of vivid imagery. Alexander’s guitar playing is absolutely spellbinding”
Carson James, Twang Town

“...captivating songwriting and timeless evocative singing”
All About Jazz

 

Performance Highlights

Matthew Alexander has opened for Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Tim Weissburg and performed at such legendary venues as:

Ann Arbor: The Ark

NYC: Kenny’s Castaways. 

Boston: Sanders Theater (Harvard University)

The Sword and the Stone

Los Angeles: The Troubador

Charlotte: Great Aunt Stella Center; the Evening Muse; Dale Halton Theater; The Visulite Theater

 

Album Facts

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Album Release Date: August 17, 2015

Suggested Tracks

Track Listing:

1.Dog Eat Dog World  2:24

2.Indigo And I  4:05

3.Beyond The Sea  3:26

4.Lost In This World  4:25

5.Citizen Train  1:33

6.Three Minute Movie  4:27

7.Prison Of My Soul  4:53

8.Rainy Afternoon  3:38

9.Tagalong  1:48

10.Racing Against Time  3:14

11.Ramblin’ Rose  2:44

12.If You Didn’t Know Me  4:28

13.The Wind Blows High And Low  3:07

14. Traveling Song  4:28


CONCERT VIDEO

 

The Matthew Alexander Band performs two songs from their concert at the Visulite Theater in Charlotte, taped May 7, 2008; "Daredevil Angel" and "River City".
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