Finally -- sitting down and writing about my music

Getting things up to date

My apologies for neglecting to keep up with the writing -- I have some sort of built-in writer's block when I'm deeply involved with music. I guess I can't channel the creative energy into two different forms at the same time.....(?)

Summer in Philly always thins out when it comes to music. The group (w/ Chris Lough on bass and Adrian Valosin on drums) just played Witherspoon Grill in Princeton which may have been the best night I've ever played there. To be honest most nights at the Witherspoon are great, though this time everything just really clicked and a lot of new things happened in terms of interaction and ensemble and, well, just great playing. We go back in September.

I've been fortunate to get a steady weekly gig here in Philly. I did play a Sunday brunch-time residency in March at Crossroads Cafe in Roxborough which resulted in many hours of live recorded tracks (which I am still reviewing and editing). My Saturday evenings are spent at a wonderful French bistro-style restaurant in the Bala Cynwyd section called Avril. It's a BYOB establishment with seating for about 40 that offers a casual setting to enjoy a relaxed dinner (and great guitar music on Saturdays). April and Christian (the owners) are interested in creating a unique setting for their fine cuisine and I get to play the Matt Richards way and allow spontaneity to guide me. I've actually been shocked when the clientele set down their utensils and applauded more than once during the evening. These gigs don't happen every day....

Hopefully, I'll get the live solo tracks wrapped up soon. My family is moving from our present homestead at the end of this month so in the midst of everything I'm going to try and get the whole production and CD birthing process completed by the Fall. I think there are some great performances from the Crossroads dates -- I managed to narrow them down from around 60 to maybe 25 or so.... of course, producing a CD takes me longer than I care to admit, but the effort always pays off.

I'll check in again with more updates -- I understand Alex Gomez posted an interview excerpt from my Trio release on this site as well, so please feel free to check it out. I know I will.

Stay cool (in all ways).

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