Notes from the Edge
Blues is a state of mind. Despite a blues emphasis wrapped in a pop package, this set of music makes it transparently clear just how grounded these tunes are in rock, country, jazz and gospel. This musical eclecticism is the canvas that allows Matt's musical soul come up for air. This music shows Matt's abilities as a composer, guitarist, singer, producer and band leader. Although his abilities span a broad spectrum, the foothold of Mathew D and Random Tuesday is still fully ensconced with their unique stamp on the blues. On any given weekend you will find Matthew D. and his band Random Tuesday performing in a smoke filled club entertaining their dedicated following, somewhere in the Mid-West. With down-home vocals and blistering guitar, they are blazing the modern trail of blues! One niters have been the university that Matt has learned to perform. He is a master in working the room. His antics on stage mimic his animated personality off stage. This may be the drawing card but what holds the crowd is his soul searching voice and searing guitar. Every note an urgent cry and every phrase a statement; it is genuine, from the soul. In today's world soul usually means a performance projected with such feeling it reaches out and visibly moves the audience. It means the singer is saying something, sometimes more than the lyrics themselves. Soul is something that can not be faked. You either have it or you don't. Furthermore, the audience can tell when someone is playing from their heart. They can't help but feel it and give back that same inspiration. That is the apex of music. It cuts deeper. It's lines run so deep they penetrate the essence of a person. It is personal and individual and at the same time universal. Anyone who listens to MD's words understands his message. That perhaps is the real meaning of soul, a connection. Matt takes his art and business very seriously. He is his own fiercest critic when it comes to songwriting and performance. Matt is constantly trying to push the boundaries. He draws from life to provide the freshest modern blues today. He has immersed himself in creating his own brand of blues as varied as the young man himself. I think that is what this record comes down to, a young man hungry for success willing to do what it takes and impatient to get it on. That perhaps, is the real meaning of soul. Connection. Steven Goforth freelance writer.