Matt Patershuk sings his own songs and tries to tell the truth. Both of those things can be tough to do. Matt has gotten a little better at the latter since turning 30 - the result is his debut album “Outside the Lights of Town”
A self-taught singer songwriter who admires Kristofferson, Williams Sr., Prine, Cash, Eaglesmith, BB King and Willie P. Bennett, he grew up in Northern Alberta and BC, settling just outside the town of LaGlace. Always a little out of place wherever he goes, he often has one foot in the place where he lives, and one somewhere else. This mix of perspectives, as an observer and a participant, has shaped Matt’s songwriting. Simple, to the point lyrics and instrumentation are the trademarks of his music. In his songs he tries to show the humor and sorrow that exist together in real life.
Since overcoming a shaking, sweaty, white knuckle fear of the stage, Matt has grown to love live performance and has taken every chance to play in any restaurant, bar, rodeo ground or house concert he can. It doesn’t matter if it’s for one 12-year old kid sweeping the stands or a venue full of people.
In the winter of 2012, he ventured to the big smoke and bright lights of Vancouver to make “Outside the Lights of Town” with The Dirty Plaid Orchestra and talented producer Steve Dawson. The result is a rootsy trip through rural Canadian life. The record features the instrumental talents of multiple Juno winner Dawson, superb fiddler Kendal Carson and vocal performances by Grammy award winner Laurie Lewis.