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If Folk and Rock music got married, held their wedding in Nashville, spent their honeymoon in the Mississippi Delta, and conceived on route to Canada, the resulting musical offspring would be Matt Lowen. Based in Vancouver, Lowen’s songwriting talent, keen musicianship, and charismatic presence on stage and on record reveal a young artist poised to make a major statement in the Canadian folk-rock scene. The IAM Collective describes him as a “true musical statesman” with “musical stories and an ear-catching, foot-stomping, blues/folk driven sound.
Matt recently finished recording his upcoming debut LP “Junkie’s Bank Account” which he co-produced, mixed, and mastered with Rick Genge at Spiderlodge studios in Chilliwack, BC. The record is a mosaic of Matt’s musical influences: the country and bluegrass front-porch jams of his childhood, his rock and alternative bands from his teen years, and the craft of lyrical folk music he discovered and honed while traveling across Canada as a singer-songwriter. The result is a folk-rock experience that hovers in the mist somewhere between the anthemic optimism of Tom Petty and the poetic and often dark realism of Townes Van Zandt.
Lowen has spent the last few years developing his craft: working on songwriting, soaking up life experience, playing live shows on and off the road, learning the biz, and, recently completing a degree in English Literature and Philosophy, which he utilizes for songwriting and, occasionally, for livening up conversations. With school out of the way, Matt is ready to take advantage of the momentum he’s been gathering and reach out and grab the opportunities lying out there on the road. He is currently planning a cross- country tour to follow the album’s release later this year.