"Matt Campbell's range suggests that he's not necessarily bent on preserving folk music; rather he seems committed to revivng it, exploring it, and carrying it onward to the next generation." - David Olson, SoundParlor
"I've been a fan of Matt's music since he started making it... Like John Prine, a wisened old soul." - G. Brown, Colorado Music Hall of Fame
"Uncompromisng lyrical integrity, pounding out new classics of love, travel, introspection and times gone by..." - Glenn Burnsilver, Liner Notes
Matt Campbell is an American troubadour, the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ernest Tubb. That is to say, as a songwriter and performer Campbell covers considerable ground. Part poet, politician, and provocateur, he is a familiar and timeless presence. Perhaps he wears a suit or pearl buttons, boots and a hat. He almost always wears a hat, and offers a handshake. And a smile. With vivid lyrical imagery and lingering melody he sings songs that raise questions, songs that give thanks, songs that stir up long forgotten and fleeting memories. Across the guitar strings, his fingers like a frieght train, or a feather bed. And a voice like no one else. Remarkably, his own. Too convincing to be classic. He'll want to know who you are and where you're from. To hear a good joke or debate the issue of the day. Or quietly raise a glass to your hospitality, for listening. With a "thank you" and a "see you next time," off he goes, to count the miles until he does it again. Up and out with sun. Boots and a hat. Almost always a hat. And a smile.
Originally from Colorado, Campbell began playing while a member of the US Coast Guard. Moving to New York City in 2003, Campbell began to write and perform regularly, eventually recording songs for what would become the east 3rd street waltz, the first of several independent releases. Campbell recorded and produced two records while living in Fort Collins, CO, both featuring members of The Subdudes, as well as longtime colloborator Mike Wolf. Upon arriving in Chicago, Campbell started The Chicago Talking Machine Co., releasing several single projects, as well as the EP Miles Apart and full-length No Tattoos. He also produced several short films and live music residencies. A trained actor, Campbell was recently featured in productions of It's a Wonderful Life and The Importance of Being Earnest. Now in Nashville, Campbell continues to write, record, and release original music. He currently host "Be Our Guest," a weekly musical showcase and is touring in anticipation of a new album release.
Campbell has been seen at The California Mid-State Fair, NewWestFest, Chicago's Park West, The Old Town School of Folk Music, SPACE, NYC's Huron Club, The Bitter End, The Living Room, LA's Bar Lubitsch, Denver's Leon Gallery, Bluebird Theater, and more.
Matt Campbell has shared the stage with Del McCoury, The Subdudes, Martin Sexton, Sturgill Simpson, Trevor McSpadden, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, Corb Lund, Split Lip Rayfield, The Hoyle Brothers, and others.