Matthew Szlachetka Info
New England native, Matthew Szlachetka grew up immersed in his parents’ record collection. He first picked up a guitar in middle school, inspired by electric players including Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler and Ry Cooder, and the acoustic work of early Bob Dylan and Mississippi John Hurt. After graduating from Bates College with a degree in music composition, Szlachetka moved to California to pursue a career as a songwriter and performer, drawing on the influence of veteran rockers like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Neil Young and Elton John, and younger heavyweights such as Ryan Adams. Szlachetka lived for a few years in San Diego before relocating to L.A. and forming the Northstar Session.
The band played more than 150 shows a year between 2009 and 2013, performed live on NBC’s Parenthood (where Szlachetka had some lines of dialogue) and shared stages with acts as varied as Chris Isaak, Brandi Carlile, John Waite, Chris Hillman, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Matthew Sweet, David Ryan Harris, Greg Laswell, Johnette Napolitano, Hanson, Fishbone, and the English Beat.
During a Northstar Session break, Szlachetka began writing solo material, and increasingly became convinced that a solo project was the right direction for him. He wrote more, on his own and with friends, until he had enough to begin recording in June 2013 at Kingsize Soundlabs in L.A. The resulting album, Waits for a Storm to Find, is an achievement that Szlachetka is understandably proud of.
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