Matt Covers Kent Finlay Tune on Companion Album to Legend’s Biography

Hey y’all, I just wanted to remind y’all to mark your calendars for March 2, 2016. Why? Well, it is Texas Independence Day for one. But it’s also the day that the “Kent Finlay – Dreamer” biography comes out! And with it comes a tribute compilation album with some of my favorite musicians playing Kent’s tunes (Adam Carroll, James McMurtry, Jamie Wilson and so many more). I took my turn covering “The Songwriter” and the collection really highlights how many great songs this Texas legend wrote. We’ll be doing a celebration at Waterloo Records in Austin on March 6…until then, you can read up on things here: http://kentfinlaydreamer.com/

Unreleased Song Recorded for Polished Steel’s ‘On the Record’ Series

Well, it’s been more than a year since I released Raven Hotel, and I’ve been writing some new songs for another album. But until now, I haven’t been in a studio to cut anything to share. Enter Polished Steel, a website curated by author and music aficionado, Brian T. Atkinson. They’re doing a series called “On the Record” where musicians stop by and do a quick take of an unreleased song.  So, thanks to Polished Steel, I’m excited to share a new tune called “The Time is Now.” Rachel and I recorded it at the Woodshed in San Marcos, right next door to the legendary Cheatham Street Warehouse. Hope you dig it! Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/polished-steel-361567948/matt-harlan-the-time-is-now

Free Downloads to Mark Katrina Anniversary and the Unreality of Trump

Hey y’all…I wanted to offer up a few free tracks to mark a couple momentous occasions. Often people ask writers where the inspiration for certain songs came from. And sometimes it’s funny, after the song is written, to track where the inspiration led. These two tunes – one to combat the callous words of a political figure after Hurricane Katrina, the other written to address the issue of a border-wall between the U.S. and Mexico –  both started from very specific points of inspiration, yet ended up addressing their topics in different ways. I wanted to make them free right now as the 10th anniversary of that Hurricane is upon us and while we stand by watching another, unreal storm bear down on our society during our current presidential campaign season. So, please listen and share. These are my attempts to say something about our culture without heavy-handed political overtones, hoping that the underlying message comes through. Follow the links below to download the songs…to read their backstories, check out my recent newsletter right here: http://rvrb.fm/1LBXXw4

Old Allen Road: https://www.reverbnation.com/mattharlan/song/24196649-old-allen-road

Over the Bridge: https://www.reverbnation.com/mattharlan/song/10600329-over-the-bridge

Home for the Hottest Days

Well y’all, I had a short reprieve from the fierce summer heat, but I’m back in Houston to crank the A/C, break out the cold ones and dig in for the hottest days. I couldn’t let y’all bear the heated burden alone. So, in August I’ve got some cool local shows coming up: a swap with some killer songwriters from Austin at the Mucky Duck on 8/8 and a slot in a great Houston lineup to benefit a new venue called the Americana on 8/15. Think cool thoughts…roll up the windows…see ya soon!

Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist

Well y’all, the folks at the long-running Falcon Ridge Folk Festival put me in the mix for their Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase at this year’s fest! I’m super excited to finally get up there and see what our Northeastern friends have been hollerin’ about all this time. If you’re headed to the festivities, come say hello! You can find out more about Falcon Ridge and see the folks that are playing here: http://falconridgefolk.com/performers/

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