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Sounds Like: Waylon Jennings, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Stephen Stills, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers
Bio: Grand Rapids, Michigan-based independent singer/songwriter Bruce Matthews sings about what he knows best—the outdoors, family, brokenness, redemption, and his journey with his Creator. “You don’t live this long without a little time looking in the mirror,” Matthews says. “Some things you celebrat...See Full Bio
“Acoustic guitarist-singer Bruce Matthews’ rollicking “Double Dookie Dude” creates the sort of country-fired charm that tells one side of his story on this 16-track album produced and engineered by multi-instrumentalist Andy Ferris, who also performs on the recording (adding especially tasty honky-tonk piano accents on “Mayo Blues”). The other side gets far more introspective, laid-back and folky, in a contemporary Christian ballad sort of way, whether it’s the poignant “Elena’s Song” or the inspirational “Orphaned by Circumstance” and “Lift My Hands to Fight.” If Matthews’ lyrics sometimes feel a bit like he’s addressing kids in a Sunday school class, there’s no denying his sincerity, enhanced by some dynamic arrangements, fine musicianship from a host of players and solid production. – J.S. -”