Matt The Electrician

KC Turner Presents

Matt The Electrician

Nels Andrews

Sat, January 30, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Doc's Lab

San Francisco, CA

$20.00 - $25.00

Matt The Electrician
Matt The Electrician
Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician,
focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two
decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It's folk
music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and
challenges of the 21st century as opposed to, say, the old-school thrill
of hopping trains.

"I don't generally write mining disaster songs”, he explains. “I tend to
write about things that have happened to me and my family. Songs about
the small things in life, which, to me, are really the big things.”

With his newest project, Matt gets by with a little help from his friends.
Throughout 2015 and 2016, he's focusing on a string of 7-inch vinyl
singles. Every new release will focus on collaborations with different
artists who've crossed Matt's path over the years, including the bluegrass
band Wood & Wire (who appear on the very first installment of the vinyl
series), experimental solo musician Little Brave, and others. Rather than
record an entire album's worth of material, then carefully plot the
album's release for months, Matt the Election will release the 7-inch
records as they're finished, with each new release following its
predecessor by three or four months. The goal? To get new music to his
fans as quickly — and creatively — as possible. The icing on the cake?
Matt gets to extend the collaborative spirit that's been present in his
music ever since his very first gig in Pacific Grove, CA, when he invited
his high school classmates to join him onstage.

"The coffee shop paid me in tips, free coffee and a sandwich," he
remembers of that teenaged gig. "I had to fill three hours, and I only had
two songs, so I invited all the friends I knew — kids from the school
orchestra, friends, other kids who had started writing songs — and the
show wound up being 'Matt and Friends.' That was 25 years ago…and that's
what I'm still doing."

Years before moving to Texas and launching his career as a
boundary-breaking, working-class folk musician, Matt Sever grew up on the
West Coast. His parents, a union carpenter and a seamstress, played John
Denver and Pete Seeger songs on the family record player, and Matt spent
his earliest years surrounded by the things that would later fill his own
music: acoustic guitars, timeless melodies, lyrics that celebrated the
joys and heartaches of everyday life, and — above all else — a strong work
ethic.

That work ethic served him well in the mid-1990s, when he moved to Austin
in search of new horizons and better opportunities. Matt was already
playing music by then, and in need of a steady day job to help pay the
bills, he began working as an electrician, spending his days wiring houses
in the sweltering Texas heat. Once quitting time came, he'd grab his
guitar and drive himself to an evening show, usually taking the stage in
his work boots and sweaty clothes. "Hi; I'm Matt the Electrician," he'd
tell the crowd, hoping his occupation would help explain his appearance.
The name stuck, even after his growing fanbase at home — as well as
abroad, where he's since become a frequently-booked musician throughout
Japan and Europe — allowed him to hang up his pliers for good.

HIGHLIGHTS
Matt's song "Got Your Back" was featured in an LL Bean National TV ad
campaign in 2010. His song "Valedictorian" was featured in episodes of
the ABC show Eli Stone and the Lifetime show, Army Wives. And his song "I
Remember" was featured in the movie, Playing Mona Lisa. He has performed
at the Sisters Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Tondr Folk Festival
in Denmark, has been a finalist in the Mountain Stage Newsong Festival,
The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.
He won the Texas Grammy Songwriting Contest, sponsored by the Texas
chapter of NARAS. He has toured in support of John Wesley Harding, The
Weepies, Erin McKeown, and Bob Schneider. He frequently tours all over
the US, Japan, and Europe.

QUOTES
Matt (The Electrician) is a wonderful musician and captivating performer
and his songs have come to mean a lot to me of late. He is an artist who
has serious weight to his music, yet its delivered in a beautifully light
and accessible manner. And he is simply one of the nicest guys to be
around. He would be a great edition to any festival. - Martyn Joseph

Matt the Electrician weaves humor, intelligence and great musicianship
into his music while covering the full spectrum of human experience. His
songs and his chops instantly make you wonder how you haven't already
heard of him. - Willie Porter

"Animal Boy will charm your lights out...make room on your shelf for his
best record yet!" - Texas Music Magazine

"The Austin native has averaged a top-notch album every couple of years,
endeared himself to a small, rabid fan base and mined a goofy/profound
folk vein similar to that of Arlo Guthrie, John Prine and Loudon
Wainwright III.... So far, Sever's gotten five things right." - Harp
Magazine

"...as carefully crafted and insightful as good Paul Simon. With a raspy
voice and subtly complex arrangements, Sever brings a delightfully
different energy to the often hidebound folk scene; electrifies it,
actually."- L.A. Daily News

"Matt the Electrician proves singer/songwriters can be funny without being
clowns and thoughtful without being overwrought." – Amplifier

"His musical confections remind me of butter mints, the small white fluffy
kind that instantly melt in your mouth. After each song finishes
you're left with only a pleasant taste." - Vintage Guitar Magazine

“If your life’s on the blink, Matt the Electrician can repair it.” - The
Austin Chronicle
Nels Andrews
Nels Andrews
Nels Andrews has spent the last decade wandering, gathering songs, and singing them all over the globe, sharing them around campfires, coffeeshops, clubs , festivals, and living room floors. His latest record "Scrimshaw" is his second collaboration with producer Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell, Ani Difranco, Andrew Bird), and tells stories culled from a time off the road, working as a chauffer in Manhattan.. Scrimshaw was released in April in Europe, debuted at #1 on the Euro-Americana charts and is already gathering rave reviews internationally. It is slated for a November release in the US.
Venue Information:
Doc's Lab
124 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94133
http://www.docslabsf.com