Folk artist, Matt Nathanson will be performing at a number of venues this year as part of Train’s ‘The Picasso at the Wheel Summer Tour’. The Fray and Matt Nathanson will be the opening act of this tour with concerts scheduled to be held in Wheatland, Mountain View, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Chula Vista. Apart from these venues, Matt will also be performing in Wantagh, Dallas, Spring, Saratoga, Nashville, Englewood, Salt Lake City, Birmingham, Tampa, Kansas City, Virginia Beach, Boise and Camden, including several other places. Known for hits such as ‘Come on Get Higher’, ‘Faster’, ‘Run’, ‘Mission Bells’, ‘Kinks Shirt’ and ‘Headphones’, Matt Nathanson is a songwriter/singer from Lexington, Massachusetts. Born in 1973, Matt started performing in 1993 with his band that had Aben Eubanks playing the guitar, John Thomasson as the bassist, Jason McKenzie on drums and cellist Matt Fish. Currently, Matt’s touring band comprises members Aaron Tap, Shiben Bhattacharya and Chris Lovejoy.
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As a solo artist, Matt Nathanson has 8 studio records, 2 live albums, 3 EPs and 4 music videos to his credit. He has worked with Acrobat Records (from 1993 till 2003), Universal Records (2003) and Vanguard Records (2007 till currently). Matt came forth with his debut album ‘Please’ in 1993. A majority of the tracks on this record were original compositions by Matt himself and the recording of the album took place in his house in California. The album had a pop and rock sound to it and consisted of popular tracks namely ‘Solace and Pain’, ‘Continue Dreaming’, ‘King of the Mountain’ and ‘Broken’. Matt’s sophomore release, ‘Ernst’ was released after a long gap of four years i.e. in 1997. It had a similar tune to its predecessor. This record consisted of hits such as ‘First Time’, ‘Church Clothes’, ‘We’ll Recover’ and ‘Measure for Measure’. Matt’s next album release was a compilation record. It was released in 1997 with the addition of four new songs, ‘Vandalized’, and ‘Trace of a Cat’s Eye ’, ‘Wait Up and You’re Smiling. Matt’s third studio album came out a year later in 1998. Titled ‘Still Waiting for spring’, the record featured Counting Crow’s members, Charlie Gillingham and David Immergluck. Its hits Include ‘Loud’, ‘Parade’ and ‘Wings’.
After this release, Matt became busy with national and international tours and hence took a while before releasing his fourth studio album, ‘Beneath these Fireworks’. The record featured David Garza and Ron Aniello on electric guitar, Sergio Andrade on bass, Jamie Muhoberac on keyboards, Matt Fish playing the cello and Matt Chamberlain on drums. The album was awarded a ‘favorable’ rating by Rolling Stone. The release that followed this album became Matt’s most successful album to date. Named ‘Some Mad Hope’, the album was awarded 3 out of 5 stars by AllMusic and 4.5 out of 5 stars by Alternative Addiction. It has sold over 234,960 copies till date. ‘Modern Love’, the record that followed gained similar success reaching fourth place on both the Billboard Top Rock Albums and the Independent Albums charts.
Matt Nathanson’s most recent album ‘Last of the Great Pretenders’ was released in 2013. In its opening week, the recordreach number 16 on the US Billboard 200. Pre-released singles include ‘Mission Bells’, ‘Earthquake Weather’ and ‘Last Days of Summer in San Francisco’. Out of a total of eight studio albums, Matt’s 6th record (Some Mad Hope) reached third place on the US Billboard Independent Albums chart, while his 7th and 8th albums (Modern Love and Last of the Great Prophets) reached number 4 and 2 on the US Top Rock Albums chart, respectively. His most successful single to date is the platinum selling track ‘Come on Get Higher’. To watch Matt perform his greatest hits, all you need to do is purchase Matt Nathanson tickets.