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The River Has Many Voices

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The River Has Many Voices is the work of Matthew Payne, who lives and writes in the Texas Hill Country around Austin, TX. Born under the blue skies of North Carolina just a stones throw from blue ridge mountain mists, Matthew Payne is a Southern Appalachian musician by birth. In 1989, he moved with his three brothers and two sisters to Austin Texas, home to the most diverse and exhilarating music scene of the south.

Years ago, out in Big Bend National Park, he first heard Townes Van Zandt, driving a truck around the desert mountains. He came back to the Hill Country and started writing songs after that. His influences are born from a wide range: from Raymond Carver, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, J.D. Salinger, to Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Bob Dylan and the great American blues artists.

TRHMV’s repertoire includes reworked covers and original instrumentals and songs. His covers range from British ballads, early American spirituals, vaudeville, protest songs, and music from the folk revival of the 50s and 60s.

The original songs emphasize poetic lyrics and sweetly playful guitar picks. Although self- taught, TRHMV often uses the three-finger picking techniques of Bill Monroe, Townes Van Zandt and Etta baker.

TRHMV has released three records that speak to the heart of America: Barton Creek (EP), I We Us Are Was Were Is, and Division (EP). They are collections of songs integrating harmony and acoustic melody from genres of Folk, Country, and Americana.

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