4 November 2016

Lucy Wainwright Roche & Matt the Electrician

On Friday, November 4 the me&thee welcomes Lucy Wainwright Roche and Matt the Electrician to our stage. It’s our pleasure to give these two talented singer-songwriters a great listening space to perform their special songs. This is the essence of the acoustic music scene — bringing people closer to the artists and to each other, and both of these musicians soothe souls, deliver happiness, and make great music.

Concert starts at 8:00 pm.

Lucy Wainwright Roche

Lucy Wainwright Roche was born in NYC into two influential musical families (she’s the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche). A full time touring musician with an ever-expanding solo career, Lucy is known for her crystal clear voice, straightforward, humorous stage presence, and insightful, melodic songwriting.

Her recordings include: 8 Songs, 8 More, Lucy and her 2013 release CD called There’s a Last Time For Everything. Fairytale and Myth is the first collaboration between Lucy and her mother, Suzzy Roche, and has been nominated for Best Singer/Songwriter Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards. She has recently produced a follow-up album with Suzzy called Mud and Apples.

Roche initially chose to bypass the family career choice of music in order to teach elementary school in New York City for several years. In 2007, she made the decision to pursue a career in music full-time. This decision is chronicled in her “Spring Song,” which appears on her EP 8 More. Lucy has toured with Dar Williams, the Indigo Girls and members of her uber-talented family members like Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

Photo of LWR by Brian Blauser

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Matt the Electrician

Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. His is folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century.

“I tend to write about things that have happened to me and my family. Songs about the small things in life, which, to me, are really the big things.” Matt’s current home base is Austin, Texas and he gets by with a little help from his friends. Throughout 2015 and 2016, he focused on a string of 7-inch vinyl singles. Every new release focuses on collaborations with different artists who’ve crossed Matt’s path over the years, including the bluegrass band Wood & Wire, experimental solo musician Little Brave, and others.

Matt has a great work ethic and it has served him well. He began working as an electrician, spending his days wiring houses in the sweltering Texas heat. Once quitting time came, he’d grab his guitar and drive himself to an evening show, usually taking the stage in his work boots and sweaty clothes. “Hi; I’m Matt the Electrician,” he’d tell the crowd, hoping his occupation would help explain his appearance. The name stuck, even after his growing fanbase at home as well as abroad — where he’s since become a frequently-booked musician throughout Japan and Europe — allowed him to hang up his pliers for good.

  • Through its quiet, tender song settings, There’s a Last Time for Everything, reveals that Wainwright Roche’s confidence as a writer, arranger, and producer has grown far beyond what her debut suggested. AllMusicGuide
  • Over the last few years Wainwright Roche has staked out a place inside the family business and out on her own. Her second full-length album, There’s A Last Time For Everything, is a song-rich collection that features a keen, subtle sense of orchestration and Roche’s clear bell of a voice. The Soundcheck Blog
  • Songs by Lucy Wainwright Roche seems to be told with a shrug, a note of apology, or modesty. NPR Music
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  • If you have a chance to see Matt play live, don’t pass it up. You will be sorry — it’s one of the most fantastic experiences I have had all year. Afterward, listening to this CD (and others), it brought back the warm, fuzzy feeling of what a blast I had at the show (at a tiny bar in Alaska). Every time I hear one of his songs, I am in a better mood. I am a fan for life! Long live MTE! Christal Rose
  • Matt Sever, who re-christened himself Matt the Electrician to explain his appearance when going straight to an Austin, Texas, gig from his day job, has an easy manner and a way with a song and an acoustic guitar on his third album, Made for Working. Amplifer