Matt King - Rube
Matt King takes the stage on his 4th full-length album as a spokesman for the working-class with a true passion and purpose led by his weighty and unflinching guitar work. With a disarming and powerful voice that seems to merely outline the melodies presented by his own bluegrass and folk-informed arrangements, King has no difficulty aligning himself as the all-American workingman with problems not unlike the average man's.
Whether reaching into the heart of modern issues plaguing folks such as drug abuse ("Hell's Kitchen") or wrestling with tried and true troubles such as low working wages ("American Dream"), King recounts these tales with conviction and gravity. Hot on the trail of his past as a circus enthusiast and guitar-slinger, King has reached an intersection where timeless melodies and modern production lend him a distinct voice that stands alone amongst his contemporaries.