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Matt Keating


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“In a career spanning more than 20 years, Matt Keating has established himself as one of America’s great under-the-radar songwriters. Had he emerged five decades back, he might have been a Tin Pan Alley stalwart, turning out intelligent, accessible songwriting with the clockwork genius of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. His work is rife with the clever, incisive tunefulness that marked that era. Keating has long been an astute chronicler of human affairs at their most fragile.”
– NPR Music

Matt Keating’s 11th release and newest album, This Perfect Crime is a collection of 12 songs quietly fueled by striking melodies and poetic lyrical turns. Keating has always been known for writing “folk-pop gems so well-crafted they seem effortless–CMJ”, and THIS PERFECT CRIME follows in that tradition.

Matt has been consistently putting out critically acclaimed albums since his Alias Records debut, Tell It to Yourself was released in 1993. THIS PERFECT CRIME is his 9th full-length in addition to 2 EP’s, including 2003′s Tiltawhirl released on Alan McGee’s POPTONES label. He has continued to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe. Keating will be touring Europe and the UK as well as the US in support of his new release during 2015.

Coming off 2012’s WRONG WAY HOME (Keating incorporates the breadth and depth of Dylan, John Hiatt, Randy Newman and Alejandro Escovedo and yet still leaves his own sterling impression, providing continuing proof Keating’s on the right path, one that ought to bring him closer to the acclaim he so clearly deserves—NO DEPRESSION), and 2010’s BETWEEN CUSTOMERS (“Enough to lift the spirits and restore a jaded reviewers faith in new music”- AMERICANA UK), Keating recorded THIS PERFECT CRIME with help from his long time band mate Jason Mercer (Ron Sexsmith, Ani DiFranco) to co-produce, as well as an all-star line-up of musicians including guitarists Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell) and Allen Devine, drummer Greg Wieczorek (Norah Jones, Autumn Defense), with strings provided by Claudia Chopek (New Retro Strings) and horns by 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 singer-songwriter Greta Spray Keating. In addition to performing and writing his own music, he produces other artists, teaches music and songwriting, does scoring for TV and Film, and provides instrumental backing for other touring artists (most recently Garland Jeffreys ’14 European and Japanese Tour).

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Blurt Online March 2015 (link)