MATT PATERSHUK

(Grande Prairie/AB)

Born in Burns Lake, BC, and brought up in Edmonton and other prairie towns across Canada, Matt Patershuk is the real deal. A country man through and through, he wouldn’t waste your time singing about things that don’t matter. It’s always good news when he leaves his tiny town of LaGlace, Alberta to tour or record an album, and this time around, he’s created something really special.

Matt Patershuk’s unaffected singing belongs to a different time and his voice reflects a reserve and unspoken toughness that is rarely heard today.  Patershuk’s baritone may not be the most delicate voice you’ll ever hear, but it suits his songs so well that you couldn’t imagine him sounding any different. You can hear the resolve it takes for Matt to honestly share these songs; no matter how delicate the matters they express, he never skirts true emotions or takes the easy way out by giving way to melodrama.

There’s a very active and intuitive imagination at work beneath the gruff exterior of Patershuk’s music.  He handles the expression of very raw and intimate emotions with a grace and ease that few songwriters are ever able to muster.