Matt Nathanson

Thu. Sep 29, 2022 at 7:30pm MDT
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Matt Nathanson

California-based singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson is best known for his earnest, introspective adult alternative songs, but he's also known to fans for live stage banter that borders on standup comedy. That wit is also evident in his lyrics, be they self-conscious, longing, or playful. He released a series of independent albums beginning with 1993's Please before making his major-label debut in 2003 with his fifth LP, Beneath These Fireworks. Though he quickly returned to independent status, the Hot 100 singles "Come on Get Higher" (2007), "Faster" (2011), and "Run" featuring Sugarland (2011) followed later, as he became a regular on the Billboard 200. After edging his acoustic-minded singer/songwriter pop toward glossier production with 2011's Modern Love, he reached a career-high number 16 in the U.S. with his eighth studio album, 2013's Last of the Great Pretenders.


A native of Massachusetts, Nathanson moved across the country to Los Angeles County in the early '90s to attend Pitzer College, where he studied literature. Released by Acrobat Records in 1993, his first album, Please, was recorded in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles and consisted mostly of songs he had written during high school and college. He relocated to San Francisco shortly thereafter to focus on his music career. Also entirely acoustic, 1997's Ernst was his first album to be recorded in San Francisco. The following year's Not Colored Too Perfect was a collection of previously unreleased material recorded between 1995 and 1997, and with 1999's Still Waiting for Spring, Nathanson began to draw the interest of television music supervisors. Its track "Loud" was licensed for an episode of Dawson's Creek. Though originally intended as a full-length, Nathanson rushed out the Acrobat Records EP When Everything Meant Everything in 2002, due to his signing with Universal Records.


With a backing band that included Toad the Wet Sprocket's Glen Phillips and former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain, Nathanson's major-label debut came in the form of 2003's Beneath These Fireworks. It was produced by Ron Aniello. Though it didn't spawn any hits, several songs from the album were licensed to TV shows including Scrubs and One Tree Hill. That same year, his cover of "Laid" by English band James was featured on the soundtrack to American Pie sequel American Wedding. Nathanson soon returned to independent status, and Acrobat issued his first live album, At the Point, in 2006.


Nathanson joined the Vanguard Records roster for what would become his mainstream breakthrough. Arriving in August of 2007, his sixth studio album, Some Mad Hope, included the single "Come on Get Higher." The song became his first Hot 100 single, peaking at number 59 in the U.S. and number 30 in Canada. The album also marked his Billboard 200 debut, reaching number 60. Working with the same producers, Marshall Altman and Mark Weinberg, Nathanson emerged with a slightly slicker sound on 2011's Modern Love. It contained two more hit singles, "Faster" and "Run." The latter featured country stars Sugarland. Nathanson spent part of 2012 on tour opening for Kelly Clarkson, and in 2013, his eighth LP, Last of the Great Pretenders, reached a career-high number 16 on the U.S. albums chart. He followed it with Show Me Your Fangs, which was issued by Vanguard in 2015. It also charted, landing at number 43 on the Billboard 200.


In June 2018, Nathanson re-emerged with Pyromattia, an EP consisting entirely of acoustic covers of Def Leppard. Released by Acrobat, it became a Top 30 independent album. A full-length, Sings His Sad Heart, followed that September and included the spotlight tracks "Used to Be" and "Mine."

Matt Nathanson

Matthew Adam "Matt" Nathanson (born March 28, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter whose work is a blend of folk and rock and roll music. In addition to singing, he plays acoustic (sometimes a 12-string) and electric guitar, and has played both solo and with a full band. His work includes the platinum-selling song "Come On Get Higher". One of his hit songs, "Giants", was the opening music for the 2016 World Series of Poker i in Las Vegas on ESPN. Nathanson was raised in Lexington, Massachusetts and attended Proctor Academy in Andover, NH.

Donovan Woods

Late at night, when a hush fell over the house after his kids went to bed, Donovan Woods got to work on his latest album, Without People.

In a makeshift recording studio at his Toronto home, the acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter tracked his vocals and guitar alone and then emailed files to producer James Bunton. As Woods’ new songs took shape, backing musicians sketched out their own parts in isolation from their respective homes.

This is not how Woods, winner of the 2019 Juno Award for contemporary roots album (for Both Ways) and whose global streams have surpassed 210 million, prefers to create music.

“So much of what I like about making records is the spontaneity of making music in a room together, and we missed that,” Woods says. “But we tried our best to re-create that feeling.”

For an album made so piecemeal, Without People (out now on Woods’ Meant Well label) has been acclaimed as “a nuanced experience” (American Songwriter), a thoughtful exploration of “fleeting interpersonal moments now under the microscope” (NPR/KUTX) and “various aspects of human connection” (Rolling Stone), and for striking “a gentle, poignant note” (Billboard).

So much of the album’s allure is rooted in how Woods connects with his collaborators and imparts the intimacy we all crave right now. You hear it in the way the harmonies pile up in gossamer layers on “Seeing Other People” and in the tenderness of “She Waits for Me to Come Back Down,” Woods’ evocative duet with rising singer-songwriter Katie Pruitt. On “Lonely People,” buzzed-about British singer Rhys Lewis delicately echoes Woods’ sentiments about wanting to be alone – until you’re suddenly lonely.

And now there’s even more to love about the album, which ranks as Woods’ most successful release ever, with more than 10 million streams and climbing. Coming out March 26, a new deluxe edition of Without People adds four bonus tracks (two new originals and two alternate mixes) at just the right time.

“This deluxe version is really in place of what live shows might’ve been like if the pandemic hadn’t happened,” Woods says. “Among my favorite parts of playing live are presenting songs in a different context and introducing new material, and this deluxe version is doing that type of work.”

A new piano rendition of “Grew Apart” cuts right to the bone, and an acoustic interpretation of “Whatever Keeps You Going” pairs Woods with the pure voices of the J.P. Music Project children’s choir at J.P. Robarts school in London, Ontario.

Fans who loved that mysterious snippet of a would-be country hit featured on “Interlude” will get a kick out of realizing Woods actually fleshed it out with a full-length version called “When the Party’s Over.” And speaking of country hits, “Break Somebody’s Heart” is Woods’ down-home salute to his signature topic: “the awful and seemingly unavoidable ways we harm each other.”

As an in-demand songwriter whose work has been recorded by the likes of Tim McGraw (“Portland, Maine”) and Lady A’s Charles Kelley (“Leaving Nashville”), Woods enlisted a who’s who of fellow songwriters for Without People: Ashley Monroe, Dustin Christensen, Femke Weidema, and Ed Robertson (of Barenaked Ladies), among others.

Equally at home in folk and country music, Woods mines small moments to find greater truths on his latest album: the fraught relationships men often have with their fathers (“Man Made Lake”); why we so often chase something we’re never going to get (“We Used To”); and the way we blur reality with fantasy when we remember a final encounter (“Last Time I Saw You”).

As the follow-up to The Other Way, Woods’ stark 2019 release that acoustically reimagined Both Ways (2018), Without People prompted Woods to reckon with why his songwriting has been so invested in the human condition throughout his decade-long career. The short answer? Relationships are what bind us, and what matters most is how we treat one another and whether we’re truly listening and trying to understand experiences distinct from our own.

“I dove in deeper on this album than I ever have,” Woods says, “and I can say that I tried my hardest to write truthfully about the people I’ve loved and the things I did wrong, and add my little verse to the story of what it feels like to be a person.”

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