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On a warm spring Sunday afternoon in Manchester, England, an interview took place. Recording artist Thad Cockrell (Yep Rock Records) was taking a break before the next show on his European tour. When asked by the interviewer, Barry Jones, to name an unsung, new artist who influenced him, Thad replied, “Matt Beckler, the guy that’s playing with me right now, he’s really phenomenal. I don’t know how he’s not known the world over…”.
2nd May, 2004
for Americana.UK

Singer-songwriter Matt Beckler grew up on the outskirts of Chicago, the son of a 60’s rock n’ roller whose band opened for the Ides of March, Styx, and Rufus and Chaka Chan. His father’s father was the bandleader of a Chicago based Big Band. Parental infusions of underground bands like Mason Prophet, Aorta, and H.P. Lovecraft as well as more mainstream mainstays like the Beach Boys and Beatles made early impressions on an already gifted soul.

Tapped by Gotee Records (a division of EMI) while still in college, Matt made the move to Nashville to sign with them for his first EP, “Drown”. The title track featured soon after in a Quincy Jones indie film, “The Smokers”. A genre defying, prolific songwriter and lyricist, Matt also signed on as a songwriter for Nashville’s largest independent publisher, Tom Collins Publishing, adding more than 100 songs to thier catalogue, joining thier roster of distinguished and respected writers. The sale of Tom Collins Publishing ended Matt’s contract with them, just as artistic and directional differences brought an amicable parting of ways between Matt and Gotee.

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  • NeighborTotoro

    I just saw this guy live with his partner Jeremy. God, they were fucking awesome. Good luck in Milwaukee, dude.

    25 Jul 2009 Reply