Matty Charles was at the forefront of the old-time & folk music resurgence that began in Brooklyn, NY in the early 2000’s. Like the revival that took place 50 years earlier in Greenwich, Village, the scene revolved around several local venues and a handful of musicians. Pete’s Candy Store, a small bar in a neighborhood of old tenements was ground zero and Charles and his trio, the Valentines, maintained a weekly gig there that earned them a devoted following.
While living in New York, Charles released four records, composed the musical score for a film and had a cameo as himself in director, Hal Hartley’s film, Meanwhile.
In 2012, Charles returned to his hometown, Portland, Oregon to be closer to his family and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest where he joined forces with Katie Rose after a chance meeting at The Landmark Saloon, a local country music venue. After discovering a unique magic in their combined voices they began collaborating on the material that would become their debut release, Catching Arrows.
The honesty and simplicity with which Charles explores themes of love, loss and longing is poignant and captivating.
“Earns the Pastor Mustard Commendation of Highest Credibility.” (Dan Sadowsky, Aspen Public Radio)
“That rare blend of resignation and gritty hope one seldom finds this side of Guy Clark”
“Matty Charles’s smooth baritone and articulate guitar work are colorful and authentic.”
(Time Out NY)
“Charles’ lyrics and melodies are insightful, engaging and catchy, and his guitar playing is superb. Great, great, great!”
“Charles writes with the broadness of his heroes, Nelson, Earle and Waits, but his singing edges towards the gravity of Waylon Jennings, the melancholy of Richard Buckner and the worldly, poetic edge of Kris Kristofferson or Paul Simon.” (Country Standard Time)
“bring to mind Johnny Cash, ...(and at) other times a less twangy Robert Earl Keen. An instant classic.”
(Acoustic Guitar Magazine)
“Instead of songs about sadness that leave listeners feeling alone, Charles’ lyrics and smooth guitar riffs wrap their arms around his listeners and hold them tight.”
“Matty is a true gem. His songs are instant classics.” (Greg Trooper - singer/songwriter)
“I didn’t know they still made voices like Matty’s until I heard it. What’s even rarer is such a voice combined with such a writing talent...It blows me away every time!”
(Devon Sproule - singer/songwriter)