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An Honest Effort
  • Artist: Matt Patershuk
  • Label: Black Hen
  • UPC: 803057057528
  • Item #: 2433531X
  • Genre: Folk
  • Release Date: 11/19/2021
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An Honest Effort on CD

2021 release Matt's Grandad used to say: "God loves a trier". He didn't mean it in the way televangelist preachers do; who often say in not so many words: "If you pray the right way (and tithe appropriately), God will open limitless financial, health and career benefits before you." He meant that there is worth, and value in the trying. The act of making an effort is redemptive, despite the outcome. This record is called "An Honest Effort". You'll find stories on this album about folks trying. In the face of unfavorable odds, with seemingly certain unfavorable outcomes, they give it a good go. Results vary, but all of them are better off for the attempt. Matt is a singer and songwriter first. He values simplicity, but also loves to incorporate the small details that bring a story to life, and make it relatable. Though his songs aren't devoid of metaphor, you'll not be left guessing about what the song is about when you're done listening. Like all Black Hen releases, this record is full of fine musicians making good sounds. Steve Dawson plays the guitar, pedal steel and Weissenborn, painting musical pictures that are a great counterpoint to the lyrics. Jeremy Holmes adds such fantastic groove, touch and taste on the bass and mandolin. Rock solid Gary Craig lends wonderfully inventive percussion. Keri Latimer's tuneful and airy voice is a great foil to Matt's earthy one. Fats Kaplin contributes wizardry on fiddle, ukelele, banjo and harmonica. With the musical talent that surrounds the songs on this record, heartfelt vocals, and inventive yet relatable subject matter, this is Matt's best record to date. This record feels good. I think Matt's Grandad was right.