New Single from Eight 30 Records – ‘What We Saw’

Hey y’all! I’m excited to share this new tune from the sessions for the next album. “What We Saw” was co-written with my friends Nicolette Good, Charlie Harrison, Tommy Lewis and Shawn Parks  at our semi-weekly Houston songwriter get-together. We kinda tapped into our collective experiences to write about why we feel the way we do these days. You can check it out here:

Take it easy…see y’all around, -matt

Eight 30 Records Signs Matt Harlan for Spring 2019 Release

Eight 30 Records is pleased to announce that it has signed Matt Harlan! The Houston-based singer-songwriter plans to release his forthcoming as-yet-untitled new album on the Austin-based label in Spring 2019. “”I’ve been involved in a few Eight 30 projects before and I really dig their approach to making and releasing records,” Harlan says. “They really get me and what I’m trying to do, which goes a long way when you’re putting something you care about into the world. I can’t wait to get into the studio and lay down the new songs I’ve been writing and give ’em a proper send-off.”

Harlan joins banjo virtuoso Danny Barnes and celebrated songwriters Chris Fullerton and Emily Herring as artists on the label, which has released the tributes Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted HawkinsDreamer: A Tribute to Kent FinlayHighway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll and the recent Floater: A Tribute to the Tributes to Gary Floater, all produced by label co-owners Jenni Finlay and Brian T. Atkinson.

Losing the Beard to Raise Money For Hurricane Relief

Well, it has been a part of me for more than a decade, but if shaving it off can help raise some money for folks that need it, I’m down to lose the beard for a good cause. I’ve joined up with a boat-load (big boat) of Texas musicians to raise $30,000.00 for by November 1st. If we hit the goal, some iconic hairy faces will be baby-smooth again. Check out and see all the face fur that’s on the line!

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