By Stevie Connor.
Warkworth Ontario’s Matthew Holtby returns with his second single of the year. “Family Man” is more of a stripped down affair than his previous two releases. Although Producer and Collaborator Mike Phillips still sits behind the wheel, this time he joins in on trumpet, while Holtby enlists his own Father to play trombone and piano. The same rhythm section of Terrance Craig Toutant (drums) and Craig Faas (bass and vocals) remain, but this time, Port Hope’s Manja Horner helps out on fiddle.
The cover art for the single features a 4 year old Holtby with his first guitar. Fans of Wilco, Blue Rodeo or Joel Plaskett will surely enjoy this one. CBC has been giving this one a spin, as well as Holtby's two previous singles.
This Summer seems to be keeping Matthew and his band busy with a number of festival appearances. An EP is set for release in the Fall, which promises to be a much heavier guitar party.
Check Matthew Holtby at the following dates in and around Ontario This Summer:
Sunday August 20th:
Thursday August 24th:
Road To Cultivate Festival, Port Hope
Saturday September 16th:
The Ganaraska Hotel, Port Hope
Saturday September 23rd:
Convergence Festival, Oshawa
Matthew Holtby, hailing from Warkworth, has been honing his craft as a songwriter and performer for nearly two decades, producing original and emotive music that strikes a chord with audiences. Recently embarking on a new adventure as a solo artist, he has channeled his influences from the music he grew up with into his latest collection, featuring songs and stories that touch on themes of love, loss, and redemption. His music has been gaining recognition, with his track "This Old Heart" being picked up for rotation on CBC, and his latest single "Big Mouth" being released on April 21st. Matthew's music continues to resonate with listeners, as he pours his heart and soul into every performance.
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