In this episode of I’m With the Band Host Andrew Moose welcomes Matt Walsh to the podcast. Moose and Matt talk about Matt’s new album “Burnt Out Soul”, the closing of Bourbon Street Alley (and subsequent documentary) and his music videos. We also get a Buddy Hardwood update!
"Hotamighty! Matt Walsh is in the groove with a variety show of crazy characters, werewolf roadies and music videos for his latest album, Burnt Out Soul—a solid release recorded at the legendary Columbia Studio A in Nashville, Tennessee.
Clocking around 1,000 viewers each week, Walsh’s variety showcase, The Friday Nite Gamble plays more like an R-rated Hee Haw than The Lawrence Welk Show— if Hee Haw was filmed in an attic in High Point. Centered around musical guests, The Gamble splashes comedy skits with album spotlights, stories from the road, and a chug-along or two. Episodes are filmed live over Facebook, starting at 7 p.m., and rebroadcasted on Walsh’s YouTube channel."
Check out Katei Cranford's article about Matt's new album Burnt Out Soul and the music videos for it, his Roadie Werewolves, The Friday Nite Gamble, Buddy Hardwood and upcoming film projects
"Walsh said he watched old episodes of "The George Jones Show," as well as "The Marty Stuart Show" and "The Johnny Carson Show," and "I had all these ideas swimming around in my head" and wanted to do a talk show or variety show of some sort."
"Captaining a crew of songs with mixed musical heritage, Matt Walsh centers the album with an easy vocal delivery, counting happiness on the Country sway of “The Door”, making a plea over the Garage Rock Funk in “Sugar”, and sliding into the psychedelic march traipsing through “Happy or Blue”...Burnt Out Soul is the fourth solo release from Matt Walsh as he balances recording with a full schedule of artistic endeavors that include songwriting, filmmaking, and acting. The spirit of Mose Allison shuffles alongside Matt Walsh in “Leaving Blues” while sends a shout out to the heavens for “Don’t Shut My Party Down” as Burnt Out Soul hops on a train rail beat for the title track." Full review: http://www.thealternateroot.com/reviewarchives/matt-walsh-burnt-out-soul
Asheville’s alternative newspaper, Mountain Xpress wrote a nice piece about Matt's new album ‘Burnt Out Soul’ and Warren Givens’ (The Steep Canyon Rangers) new release as well:
“it made me have to step up to a higher level,” Walsh says. That’s what it’s all about for me. If I am not challenging myself, if I’m in my comfort zone, then what’s the point?... the new album is “by far” his best, sonically speaking, thanks in large part to an old 1970s API console that had previously been used as a live recording unit for, among other projects, The Band’s The Last Waltz and Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive.”
"At the halfway point, “My Next Move” recruits harmonica as a very stylish display of singer-songwriter prowess enter the cautious yet playful instrumentation, while “Leaving Blues” takes a nostalgic approach where precise percussion and keys guides a soulful setting. “Happy Or Blue?” exits the listen, and recruits meticulous electric guitar amid an almost classic rock like exit with the superb songwriting that has characterized Walsh’s career...Certainly a varied take on Americana, Burnt Out Soul is an impressive listen by an artist who should be on everyone’s radar."