Matt Rehme (pronounced Ray-me) is a Colorado-based singer and songwriter who just released his second solo album, Americano Man. The name is a nod to his usual coffee drink, which fits nicely with the album’s coffee-house rock flavor. Mix in the grounds of his wide range of musical influences—from Chopin to BB King to Radiohead, and you get this Americano Man.
Matt is a self-taught guitarist who began playing classical guitar and then moved into the rock genre. His guitar influences include Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins.
He finished his first solo album called The Lunatic Railroad two years ago. The effort took more than eight years—a train ride that came with a lot of baggage! Lunatic Railroad is an electronic rock album that was a chance for Matt to delve into his experimental side. It has been described as “Radiohead meets Gorillaz with some Death Cab For Cutie.”
Matt’s latest endeavor, Americano Man, escapes from the rails with a much lighter, almost bluegrass feel to it. This new sound has been compared to The National (particularly the vocals), Mumford and Sons (listen for that banjo), Band of Horses, Iron and Wine, Eddie Vedder, and fellow Colorado group, DeVotchKa.