The Drifter and the Dream (part I)

 
                                                 Bio
 
Matt Townsend is a singer and songwriter based in Asheville, NC. Drawing on influences of Folk, Americana, 60’s rock and pop, Indie rock, and ambient music, his newest release "The Drifter and the Dream (Part I)" is "folk-rock story telling at it’s finest". With an eye on the inner and outer worlds and where they meet, "Townsend explores the modern world and all of its rough edges" with his distinctive voice and lyrically driven songs.

"Each song on the album is a timeless piece that shares a lush and harmonious sound, filled to the brim with dreamy overtones. A musical genius of sorts for the modern era, Townsend enlists a few of his friends on the record which creates layers of musical foundation for the tracks. His attention to details when penning songs for the record is impeccable. Featuring elements of darkness and light in mankind, and the vibrancy of the vulnerable, he portrays in his pieces the choices that people may to shape their life's journey." says No Depression.

Townsend has been on the road with his songs for the past five years and performs both solo and with his band. 

His song "For Now, We Are", with the accompaniment of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, recently appeared on "The Asheville Symphony Sessions" released in 2015.

He released his first EP "What Light Shall Be" in 2012 while living in Burlington, VT. He also recorded there his first LP, "Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World" which was released in 2014.
 

"I know. It seems unfathomable. Comparing an up and coming artist to the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young would usually be considered musical sacrilege in the highest form. However when it comes to Matt Townsend, the connection is not only accurate, but further distinguishes him as possibly the most quintessential folk artist currently in the country." - Crave Online

"Townsend's voice is haunting as well as breathtaking as he croons every note. Each song on the album is a timeless piece that shares a lush and harmonious sound, filled to the brim with dreamy overtones. A musical genius of sorts for the modern era, Townsend enlists a few of his friends on the record which creates layers of musical foundation for the tracks. His attention to details when penning songs for the record is impeccable. Featuring elements of darkness and light in mankind, and the vibrancy of the vulnerable, he portrays in his pieces the choices that people may to shape their life's journey. " -No Depression

"Matt Townsend  has become a highly regarded musician hailing from Asheville, North Carolina. Recently we are treated to his latest venture which comes in the form of The Drifter and the Dream (Part 1). A blissful record from start to finished, Townsend puts a new spin on a vintage sound. The 5-track masterpiece was recorded by Michael Selverne. Performing across the country for over 5 years, Townsend creates the perfect record, as it dives deep into his musical musings." -Paste

The Asheville Symphony Sessions

Singer-songwriter Matt Townsend usually performs with an acoustic guitar, either solo or with his band, The Wonder of the World. And he writes his songs for that configuration — drums and bass. But, he says, “a lot of times I’ll hear other parts.” A fully orchestrated tune is just a dream to many musicians, but that vision was realized for Townsend when the Asheville Symphony Orchestra tapped him for a collaborative album project.”

Mountain Xpress

                                                                                   Press Quotes

“Matt Townsend is something of a conundrum.

On one hand, his lyrics indicate a world-weary, vulnerable old-timer. His voice projects across the generations, so much so that any listener would find themselves Googling the album release date within seconds. But, at the same time, he is wholly modern...So, you see, Matt Townsend is actually a good conundrum. Even better when you take a listen to his album. The recurring thought from track to track is that this is an artist completely poised to break through; this is exactly the guy who could bring folk back to the Newport Folk Festival. Big things are coming for him, and it’s our pleasure to sit back and watch.” - Popdose  

"his lyrics can have a biting criticism more in line with the pointed fury of Bob Dylan....the album’s five tracks express a breadth of creative impulses...weighty lines like “it builds a brand new enemy to sell the same old war” flow with rhythmic ease." -The Huffington Post

"On his upcoming EP, The Drifter and the Dream part 1, Townsend explores the modern world and all of its rough edges with this exceptional collection of songs....Like Bruce Springsteen and Woodie Guthrie before him, Townsend channels in elements of folk, rock, and roots to create a great sound that doubles as a magnifying glass on his country’s pulse." - LORDS of DOGWOOD

"Matt Townsend really encapsulates the, so far, un-prevailing zeitgeist of those pining people who refuse to wither away in apathy." - Swept Media

"Townsend’s The Drifter and The Dream Part 1 EP is anything but sitting on the back porch music – it’s straight off the back porch into the territory of moon beams." - Moxipop                                                    

"There’s just an earnest quality about it that will sweep you straight off your feet...magnificent" - We All Want Someone to Shout For

“With the newest folk revival well upon us, it’s rare that any of it is actually good, and it’s even rarer to find it along with the heart and soul of Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World" -Big Takeover Magazine

"This young man has to be one of my all time favorites...Matt has something that I think everyone's been looking for. Truth, beauty, peace, and enlightenment in his songs. They are mesmerizing. This is one album I can't stop listening to." -Nashville Music Guide

“A pure and heartfelt debut, Matt Townsend and The Wonder of the World is a delightful LP and a band to keep an eye on" -Hear Magazine

Interview with Under the Gun

Contact Booking Agent:
booking@matttownsendmusic.com
508-965-8488

Past Tour Dates 2017
 
  Date Venue Location  
  Jan 11 Awendaw Green Charleston, SC edit
  Jan 12 Cory's Charleston, SC edit
  Jan 13 Huc-a-Poo's Tybee Island, GA edit
  Jan 20 Green Bench Brewery St Petersburg, FL edit
  Jan 21 Dandelion Café Orlando, FL edit
  Jan 22 The Independent bar Tampa, FL edit
  Jan 26 Sailfish Brewere Fort Pierce, FL edit
  Jan 27 Momentum Brewhouse Bonita Springs, FL edit
  Jan 28 South Florida Folk Festival Fort Lauderdale, FL edit
  Jan 29 South Florida Folk Festival Fort Lauderdale, FL edit
  Jan 31 Copper Rocket Pub Maitland, FL edit
  Feb 01 New World Brewery Tampa, FL edit
  Feb 02 DOS Coffee & Wine Saint Augustine, FL edit
  Feb 03 Foxy Loxy Savannah, GA edit
  Feb 11 House Concert Asheville, NC edit
  Feb 25 HART Theatre Waynesville, NC edit
  Mar 10 Amadeus Festival at Highland Brewery Asheville, NC  


PAST TOUR DATES 2015
Jan 02 The Mothlight Asheville, NC edit
Jan 03 Acoustic Coffeehouse Johnson City, TN edit
Jan 05 The Nick Birmingham, AL edit
Jan 07 Auburn Guitar Shoppe Auburn, AL edit
Jan 08 Balconey Bar Auburn, AL edit
Jan 09 Eighth & Rail Opelika, AL edit
Feb 04 Slim's w/ Feeding L:eroy, ... Raleigh, NC edit
Feb 05 The Cave w/ Feeding LeRoy, B... Chapel Hill, NC edit
Feb 06 The Mill Charleston, SC edit
Feb 21 Crown Station Charlotte, NC edit
Mar 05 Sugarlands Distillery Gatlinburg, TN edit
Mar 06 Tennesee Brew Works Nashville, TN edit
Mar 06 Mad Donna's Nashville, TN edit
Mar 07 Eighth & Rail Opelika, AL edit
Mar 10 Mama Mocha's Auburn, AL edit
Mar 12 Terrapin Brewery Athens, GA edit
Mar 13 Under the Couch Atlanta, GA edit
Mar 21 Drifters Nashville, TN edit
Apr 03 Jack of the Wood Asheville, NC edit
Apr 17 Tommy's Pub w/ Matt Townsend & ... Charlotte, NC edit
Apr 18 Calico Room w/ Matt Townsend & ... Wilmington, NC edit
Apr 21 The Camel Richmond, VA edit
Apr 22 Velvet Lounge Washington, DC edit
Apr 24 Front Street Public House Burlington, NC edit
Apr 27 The Mothlight w/ Jacob Augustine Asheville, NC edit
May 10 LEAF Festival Black Mountain, NC edit
May 16 The Demo St Louis, MO edit
May 17 The Melody Inn Indianapolis, IN edit
May 19 Red Line Tap Chicago, IL edit
May 20 Jerry's Chicago, IL edit
May 21 Uncommon Ground Chicago, IL edit
May 22 Chilly Water Brewery Indianapolis, IN edit
May 23 Flicker Theatre Athens, GA edit
Jun 17 The Mothlight w/ Big Thief, Hanna... Asheville, NC edit
Jul 24 Caledonia Lounge w/ Hooker, Coyotes ... Athens, GA edit
Aug 01 Acoustic Duo Show, Matt Townsend And The Wonder Of The World Black Mountain, NC edit
Aug 15 Jack of the Wood Asheville, NC edit
Sep 18 The Magnetic Theatre w/ Hannah Kaminer B... Asheville, NC edit
Oct 11 The Mothlight Asheville, NC edit
Oct 17 LEAF Festival Black Mountain, NC edit
Oct 24 Wolf Hills Brewing Co Abingdon, VA edit
Nov 06 Radio Room Greenville, SC edit
Nov 12 Altamont Theatre w/ Matt Townsend an... Asheville, NC edit
Nov 20 Palmetto Brewery Charleston, SC edit
Nov 21 The Mill Charleston, SC edit