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Matt Texter / Press

“Despite the opening slots, Texter has created a dedicated following of fellow musicians and fans with his homespun Americana style with shades of blues, country, and gospel. However, not everyone realizes that the act they just witnessed is a local treat. “I’ve been in Erie for 10 years and people still come up to me after the show and ask me where I’m from,” Texter said. Before moving to the city, Texter hailed from Grove City, where his Pentecostal preacher father imbued a soulfulness into his music after he gave his son his very first guitar. Eventually, a combination of work and his then fiancée brought the singer-songwriter to Erie, where he’s been playing ever since.”

“Texter is a truly gifted songwriter, bringing in the traditions of blues, Country and Americana while retaining a remarkable voice that is honest and powerful that brings something really fresh and special to the Erie music scene.”

“It’s a shame more people don’t give proper due to opening acts. Matt Texter is the perfect example. His gravely, soul-soaked voice was once again on display, and as always, the man didn’t disappoint. His songs feel natural and timeless. His delivery is just as straight forward. And anytime someone covers Little Walter tunes, I’m in.”

“While most up-and-coming bands would jump at the chance of performing in downtown Hagerstown during Blues Fest, so that they can network with Blues Fest’s big-name performers and introduce their music to the thousands of expected attendees. But Cephas & Milo’s Rusty Strings Road Show will come, they will play, and then they will leave. They hope to arrive in Pittsburgh a shade past dinner time, explained Jim Zahniser, the “Milo” half of Cephas & Milo. Perhaps, it’s a matter of practicality.”

“Peanut butter is fine, but Americana artist Matt Texter prefers jam -- especially at the Spring Fever Festival. The long-running festival features folk, bluegrass, and Americana-flavored musicians who not only play regular sets at Riverside Inn but often spill out onto the porch and pick away.”

“It’s a good thing Matt Texter has a great memory because he’s loaded with stories. The son of a Pentecostal preacher, Texter lived in a different town every year from kindergarten to eighth grade in Grove City. Every Sunday was spent in small, rural churches where farmers and factory workers...”