Interview – Matt Morson

Nobleton, ON-based singer-songwriter, Matt Morson has unveiled his new single, “Tailgate Patio”.

All about a night of jubilant dancing and partying among friends in the bed of a truck, Matt takes us along for the ride among driving electric guitars and an easy, dashboard-thumping beat. His lyrics take us down tree-lined country roads – windows down, breeze in our hair – to the perfect spot for a bonfire and, of course, a tailgate. The headlights illuminate your crush’s smile, there’s a hint of perfume in the air, and then your favorite song comes on the radio. All in all, the perfect summer night. A singalong-ready chorus, female-backed vocal harmonies, and a wailing guitar solo make it one that’s hard to forget.

A faster, more rock-infused departure from his usual country-and-blues sound, Matt wrote “Tailgate Patio” while sitting on a hill at dusk, turkey hunting.

“Not the usual place to write a song,” Matt said, “but it seemed to produce results for me.” All he knew when he started was that he really wanted to write a summer song. “Growing up, I loved those summer anthems that made you want to drive with the windows down, so I thought I would try my hand at one,” he says, adding that the resulting song is what he set out to do. “It’s fun and fast and still a little rock inspired as all my music is. It’s a summer jam that I feel is still me. Still in my lane.”

Check out “Tailgate Patio” below, and find out more about Matt via our mini-interview.

First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers? 

My name is Matt. I like writing songs and love playing guitar. I’m from Ontario and have lived here my whole life. I’m an old soul with too much energy.

Tell us about the recording process behind “Tailgate Patio”?

That was fun. I have always wanted to write a song that was like a summer anthem. So, when the idea came to me, I really wanted it to be perfect. We played around with literally dozens of arrangements before we settled on what we did here. For me, it was especially unique because generally when I write songs, it’s acoustically. Usually, that doesn’t really matter but when you are trying to turn an acoustic song into a party song that still has the level of musicianship that I try to achieve in all my music…let’s just say I wasn’t prepared mentally for that process.

What’s it like being a musician during the pandemic?

Difficult. Honestly, I do like that a little of the pressure is off, but I miss performances. I do enjoy the stage. I really do. Me and the band definitely pride ourselves on our live show and it’s hard only being able to do them here and there. I am understanding though. We all made some sacrifices during this and it will be worth it soon.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career in 2021?

I just want to play! Seriously who wants me there? Joking aside I hope to play more and perfect the craft. Never stop learning keep on improving.

Is there anyone out there you’d like to collaborate or open/close a concert with in the future? 

I love this question because that list is ever-growing. Lately, I have been on a Midland bender. They never bore me with their classic sound and epic harmonies. Plus, that steel guitar will give you chills.

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