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Matt Arthur CD Release



January 18
7:00 PM
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The Hook and Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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Matt Arthur CD Release

Matt Arthur – “On the Edge, At The Bottom” CD Release Show
with The Blood Washed Band and The Bratlanders
Thursday, January 18th
at The Hook & Ladder Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Doors 7pm :: Music at 7:30pm :: 21+
$10 Advance / $13 Day of Show

Tickets On-Sale Friday, December 22nd at 12pm


The Hook & Ladder Theater is very proud to present a special CD release performance by Matt Arthur.  Matt is a fiercely contrarian Southern Minnesota blind man with a voice that calls to mind Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, and John Darnielle. He writes and records songs you’d be pleased to hear on a playlist packed with early-70s Stones, Crazy Horse-era Neil Young, and more recent offerings from Sturgill Simpson and the Drive By Truckers. He is a true American original, and unlike any musician you’re likely to encounter. His new recording On the Edge, At the Bottom is being released at The Hook & Ladder (1/18) on Minneapolis-based House of Mercy recordings.

Matt Arthur has spent most of his time living just outside of Hope, in rural Southern Minnesota. He learned to sing by listening to gospel records from Tennessee Ernie Ford and Johnny Cash, and decided that’s what he wanted to do when he grew up. He gave it a good shot in the 1990s, when his first band (Prest Asbestus) played everywhere in the Twin Cities, sharing stages with such local luminaries as; Babes in Toyland, Run Westy Run, and Soul Asylum—as well as national acts that included Vic Chesnutt, Tad, and the Afghan Whigs. When the band ultimately fizzled, however, Matt headed back south and settled in tiny Ellendale (pop. 691).

Matt’s group’s, Matt Arthur & The Bratlanders, first full-length, “Heavy On My Mind,” was released on the Rice County Records label in March 2013 and reissued on vinyl in January 2015. Produced by Michael Morris (Dewi Sant), the album’s ten songs range from rambling alt-country ballads to an a cappella gospel stomp to a fiery protest anthem, and they feature guest appearances by Randy Broughten (Gear Daddies, Trailer Trash, Cactus Blossoms), Dave Mehling (The Fontanelles), Jonathan Rundman (Kaivama), Angie Talle (House of Mercy Band), Hilary James (We Are The Willows), and more.