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Matt Patershuk hits the road with If Wishes Were Horses

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Grande Prairie roots musician Matt Patershuk returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge almost exactly a year to the day from when he was last here.Matt Patershuk returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
 He plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Nov. 20 with band mates, lead guitarist Ben Longman, bassist Jeremy Holmes and drummer Liam MacDonald.

“And I think I’ve talked Shaela Miller into singing a couple songs with us,” chuckled Patershuk, who
kicks off a quick tour of Alberta an d B.C. In  support of his brand new CD “ If Wishes Were Horses,“ which has already topped the charts on CKUA, a week after its release.

“A week or 10 days is about as much time as I can be away from work and my family,” said  Patershuk from his acreage near Grande prairie, where he has been living for the past 13 years.

“ My two girls are busy with minor hockey, so when I’m not in a hockey arena or on the farm, I’m making music,” he continued.
 He recorded the new CD with Steve Dawson in Vancouver.
“ We recorded it  over four days in Vancouver and did a few more  overdubs in his studio in Nashville,” he continued.

“He’s playing steel guitar and slide guitar and it is really beautiful. I listen to it  a lot, not just for pleasure. but when  I’m getting ready to go out on tour and there’s  a couple of things that he does that just stop me in my tracks,” he said.
“We’re so comfortable together, I wouldn’t want to work with anyone else. We‘ve become friends. And we always know where we want to go musically,” he said.
“One thing that’s different about this album is there’s an instrumental that we play four different ways, which is a running theme throughout the album,” he said, adding he continues to explore a lot of different types of music on the CD.

“There’s country and folk and blues, rock and honky tonk music. I listen to all of that stuff. So when I sit down and badly copy it, this is what comes out,” he chuckled.
“ I’m just thankful people will come out to the shows and listen to it,” he continued, adding he is enjoying  playing the instrumentals most of all.

“Though my favourites are usually the slow, sad songs,” he said.

“I’ll be playing a lot of the album, and the hits,” he guffawed.

“ I really look forward to going out and playing music for people,” he said.
 Matt Patershuk  plays the Owl Acoustic lounge, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. Admission is  by donation.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 November 2019 16:15 )  
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