I’m obsessed with local music. It’s one of the things I love about this city. On any given night, you can pop into a random bar or restaurant and be pleasantly surprised by what you hear. A few Birmingham favorites: Kat DeLacruz, Ugli Stick (Eric Erdman), Groove Daddy, Goodfellas, Act of Congress, Simone Durand Trio …. the list goes on and on.
One local musician who stands out against the mix happens to also be one of my best friends. And, if you’ve never had the pleasure, you most definitely should! Matt Herren is one of the best singer/songwriters I’ve ever met. He may lose that title if I’m ever finally introduced to Adam Duritz, but for now, we’ll let him enjoy the limelight. 😉
I’ve watched Matthew bring a stack of notebooks to a venue; all filled with incredible lyrics. I’m convinced he never stops writing music. And he shouldn’t. Most recently, I got to sit in the studio while he recorded for the first time. And, I felt like I was part of something that I’d be talking about for years to come, or at least the next few months.
He’s an old soul and he’s got that raunchy acoustic sound that I love. Since joining up with Curly Frye, who now compliments him with her talent on the Cajones (that’s what she said), his music has started coming to life. It’s fun to watch and listen.
If you’re ever in Birmingham, look him up. And, listen for some of my favorites: “Seventeen,” “Apocalypse,” and “Big Yellow Moon.” No matter where you are, you should check him out on iTunes… because I said so. 🙂
***Local peeps can catch the Matt Herren Band this Saturday night (8/24/13) at Avondale Brewery’s Beer, Bands and Bullies event. They’re scheduled to go on sometime between 9 and 10pm.***