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Matt Bowlin: A Wonderful Cohesion Of Rock, Folk and Country

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Posted September 5, 2013 by Peter Burns in Country Rock

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Production
95%


Arrangement
90%


Songwriting
90%


Performance
0%


Appeal
90%


Total Score
73%


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Influenced by a steady diet of country music by the late Waylon Jennings, American Icon, Willie Nelson, Texas balladeer George Strait and a hint of the innovative Jim Croce, Matt Bowlin’s booming baritone voice fuses the sounds of traditional country, western swing and southern rock. Matt has performed his music across the United States including: Alabama, […]

by Peter Burns
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Influenced by a steady diet of country music by the late Waylon Jennings, American Icon, Willie Nelson, Texas balladeer George Strait and a hint of the innovative Jim Croce, Matt Bowlin’s booming baritone voice fuses the sounds of traditional country, western swing and southern rock.

Matt has performed his music across the United States including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, North Dakota, North Carolina, Virginia, Wyoming, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Currently residing in Surf City, North Carolina on Topsail Island, you will often find Matt performing at a number of venues along the Carolina Coast.

Matt Browlin’s self-titled debut album is just what country music fans deserve. After a long time of mainstream country music being stuck in the doldrums of musical artists being interchangeable, this album breathes some life and variety into the old Nashville formula.

The album has some definite highlights including the energy charged Dreamin’ Drifter’s Destiny, the soul-searching Wish I Was Your Gypsy, and the awesome ballad, Angry All The Time. White Squares On Yellowed Walls has the most country flavor in the collection, while Honeymoon Huckleberry is one of Bowlin’s finest vocal performance’s with his standout country drawl. If you are looking for a unique country album that knocks down walls in Nashville, this is the one.

Many people have thought about abandoning country music because everyone seems so concerned about categorizing rather than just enjoying the music. This album is a wonderful cohesion of rock, folk and country, and Matt Bowlin can carry this sound off wonderfully and often, better than others.

Matt Bowlin has such feeling and emotion in his music. You’ll just fall in love with it as it speaks directly to your soul. Especially if you are a mature, level-headed, compassionate country music fan, then I believe Matt Bowlin’s debut album would be for you. You’ll find yourself playing it over and over again! Matt’s voice, all the way down to the way he pronounces specific words, is just solid and unique; the voice of a story teller. The lyrics are magical and memorable and make sense. Finally, the music is really enjoyable too. All in all, it’s a soaring collection and really lifts the spirit.

He’s so good at what he does. Whether you’re an old-school country traditionalist or a card-carrying Matt Bowlin disciple, you can’t deny the seamless production, hook-filled song craft, and flawless vocal and instrumental performances that make up this debut album. This is definitely a keeper for Matt Bowlin fans and a great introduction to anyone meeting him and his music for the first time.

With his self-titled album, Matt Bowlin has shown us what he is truly capable of and it’s amazing. The country music industry would do well to take notice of this album, it’s about as good as it gets.

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