MATT PLESS Perfects “Ashtray” with Re-Recording of ‘Tumbleweed’

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Baltimore, MD Folk-Punk Singer/Songwriter MATT PLESS has returned to his 2013 released masterpiece Tumbleweed with a re-recording of the acoustic 12 track LP. Invoking the lyrical brilliance of BOB DYLAN, the instrumental diversity of THE VIOLENT FEMMES, and the folkish undertones of FLOGGING MOLLY, Tumbleweed is an explosion of dynamic discordance, mixing driving, confrontational punk acoustic jams with gentle, canorous melodies. The opening track for the album, “Ashtray,” is the perfect introduction to this uniquely focused musician’s fusion of rock, Americana, and acoustic folk.

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“’Ashtray’ came about because I smoked an ashtray-worth of cigarettes in the half hour that it took to write the song…I had been playing music full time for quite a while. I was tired of finding myself performing at shows that were as empty as my pockets and was frustrated at the state of my life, the world, and the indie art community. I had been listening to a lot of obscure music circulating in the punk scene and had stumbled across a song by another artist which included a lyric that said: “If I found God anywhere it would be by the tracks”. From there, inspiration threw me my own variation on the line that would open “Ashtray”: “Someone asked me if I found God, yes, I think we’ve met a couple times. But, I’m not sure if it was Him ’cause I can’t look Her in the eye” – Matt Pless

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Track List:
1. Ashtray
2. Piggy Bank
3. My Crooked Ways
4. Mad Child’s Lament
5. What You Will
6. The Book of You and I
7. Portland
8. Talkin’ Information Blues
9. The Crayon Song
10. White Picket Fences
11. My Idea of Heaven
12. In the Past Tense

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Combining elements of folk, punk, pop and roots rock, Matt Pless can lyrically turn a phrase with the best of them. He has been compared to some of the top songwriters of our time, including John Lennon, Paul Simon, John Prine, and Bob Dylan. Known for his engaging and thought-provoking, witty word labyrinths, Matt’s music spans topics from love and loss to social commentary to ethereal train-of-thought abstractions, and everything in between.

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Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine & Gogol Bordello Headlining 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival

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Lee Fields & The Expressions, Joe Pug, Bindlestick Family Circus, Los Hacheros, Flying Clouds Of South Carolina, You Black Kettle, Hex Net, Rattletrap Stringband, Leah Nairn join the lineup for the 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival!!!

Stuart’s Opera House presents the 9th Annual Nelsonville Music Festival, May 30-June 22013at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Nelsonville Music Festival is headlined by Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples, Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, Jonathan Richman, Screaming Females, David Wax Museum, Wooden Indian Burial Ground and many more all weekend long.

The Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Past performers have included The Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, The Avett Brothers, Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, George Jones, M.Ward, and many more.

Described by Andrew Bird (who performed in 2012) as being “It’s the perfect size festival. Any bigger and you’d lose something.”, the Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this small and intimate festival continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience.

Catch live music on multiple stages including a small “no-fi” cabin and a picturesque porch stage in addition to our main stage. We take pride in offering a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell and be recognized for their work, where local, regional and national musicians instill their awe-inspiring talents and festival goers can relax and enjoy the fruits of our regional flavor. The Nelsonville Music Festival offers multiple stages of music all weekend long along with camping on site, kids activities, local art vendors, food, and a beer garden. The Nelsonville Music Festival is a production ofStuart’s Opera House, a historic, non-profit theater located in Nelsonville that features over 75 events a year including live music, theater, films, educational programming and more. You can find out more about Stuart’s by visiting stuartsoperahouse.org.

Nelsonville Music Festival 2013 Lineup:

 

Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples, Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, Jonathan Richman, Tift Merrit, The Coup, Reigning Sound, Wild Belle, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Screaming Females, David Wax Museum, Brown Bird, Field Report, Shilpa Ray, Endless Boogie, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, The Honeycutters, Michael Hurley, Lucius, Cotton Jones, William Tyler, Catherine MacLellan, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Old Light, Wussy, The Sundresses, Nick Tolford & Company, Wheels On Fire, The D-Rays, County Pharoahs, J.D Hutchison, Jerry David Decicca, Olentaggy John, Todd Burge, Unmonumental, J.J Reed, Weedghost, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Joe Pug, Bindlestick Family Circus, Los Hacheros, Flying Clouds Of South Carolina, You Black Kettle, Hex Net, Rattletrap Stringband, Leah Nairn & Many More…

 

Links:

Nelsonville Music Festival Website
Nelsonville Music Festival Facebook
Stuart’s Opera House Website

 

Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine & Gogol Bordello Headlining 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival

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May 30-June 2 In Nelsonville, Ohio

Nelsonville Music Festival 2013 Lineup:

 

Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples, Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, Jonathan Richman, Tift Merrit, The Coup, Reigning Sound, Wild Belle, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Screaming Females, David Wax Museum, Brown Bird, Field Report, Shilpa Ray, Endless Boogie, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, The Honeycutters, Michael Hurley, Lucius, Cotton Jones, William Tyler, Catherine MacLellan, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Old Light, Wussy, The Sundresses, Nick Tolford & Company, Wheels On Fire, The D-Rays, County Pharoahs, J.D Hutchison, Jerry David Decicca, Olentaggy John, Todd Burge, Unmonumental, J.J Reed, Weedghost & Many More…

 

Links:

Nelsonville Music Festival Website
Nelsonville Music Festival Facebook
Stuart’s Opera House Website

“I came away from Nelsonville thinking: ‘I want to do more festivals like these where I can really do what I want and not feel like I’ve got to give the stadium-career-making-by-the-numbers show’. It’s the perfect size festival. Any bigger and you’d lose something.” –Andrew Bird

Stuart’s Opera House presents the 9th Annual Nelsonville Music Festival, May 30-June 22013at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Nelsonville Music Festival is headlined by Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples, Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, Jonathan Richman, Screaming Females, David Wax Museum, Wooden Indian Burial Ground and many more all weekend long.

The Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Past performers have included The Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, The Avett Brothers, Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, George Jones, M.Ward, and many more.

Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this small and intimate festival continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience. Catch live music on multiple stages including a small “no-fi” cabin and a picturesque “porch” stage in addition to our main stage. We take pride in offering a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell.

Weekend passes for all four days are on sale now$110, the price will raise from there until the gate price the weekend of the festival of $130 for a weekend pass. Single day tickets are now available too! VIP Weekend passes are also available along with camping and RV passes. Tickets and more information can be found nelsonvillefest.org