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Matt Keating has been consistently putting out critically acclaimed albums since his Alias Records debut, TELL IT TO YOURSELF was released in 1993. Since then he has released 6 full-length albums as well as 2 EP’s, including 2003’s TILTAWHIRL released on Alan McGee’s POPTONES label. He has continued to tour regularly throughout the US as well as in Europe. His 10th release and newest album, WRONG WAY HOME is a 16 song emotional journey filled with melodic and lyrical twists and turns reminiscent of the classic songwriters of the 1970’s.
Coming off last years BETWEEN CUSTOMERS (“Enough to lift the spirits and restore a jaded reviewers faith in new music”- AMERICANA UK), which was noted for it’s spare and minimalist approach, WRONG WAY HOME reaches for musical heights based more on orchestration and arrangement. While he has most recently been classified within the Americana genre, WRONG WAY HOME seeks to revisit his original pop sensibilities, but in combination with his more recently found twang. Underlying the music is his usual lyrical wordplay which effortlessly combines the humorous with the heartfelt as stories of lonely carousel makers and long dead beach bums abound.
In recording WRONG WAY HOME, Keating looked to his long time band mate Jason Mercer (Ron Sexsmith, Ani DiFranco) to produce, as well as an all-star line-up of musicians including guitarist Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell), drummers Greg Wieczorek (Joseph Arthur, Norah Jones), and Mark Brotter (Hem), with strings provided by Claudia Chopek and horns by Shane Endsley and Dave Sewelson (Microscopic Septet).
He lives in the West Village of New York City with his wife, fellow songwriter and designer Emily Spray, and their daughter Greta Spray Keating. In addition to performing and writing, he produces other artists and teaches music and songwriting.