Three-time Grammy Award recipient and 11-time Grammy nominee Steve Earle is a cornerstone artist of Americana music. One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation; he has released twenty albums"---a number of them were Steve Earle and the Dukes--one was Colvin and Earle, one was Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band, etc. Earle’s songs have been recorded by such music legends as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Carl Perkins, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill and Joan Baez. He has created such country successes as “When You Fall in Love,” “Guitar Town,” “Goodbye’s All We’ve Got Left,” “A Far Cry From You” and “Nowhere Road.”
During his four-decade career, Earle has also become a novelist, a film, TV and stage actor, a playwright, a short-story author, a record producer and a radio host. He is a longtime activist whose causes have included the abolition of the death penalty and the removal of the confederate flag. Always musically adventurous, Steve Earle has crafted folk, blues, rock, country, rockabilly and bluegrass recordings. His diverse collaborators on disc have included such notables as The Pogues, Lucinda Williams, Patti Smith, The Fairfield Four, The Indigo Girls, Chris Hillman, Sheryl Crow and Shawn Colvin. His new Warner Bros. album, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, explores his country songwriting roots and includes collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush and Miranda Lambert.
City Winery is pleased to welcome Steve back for his annual winter residency featuring a different special guest each night!
Mike Mattison is a singer and songwriter known primarily for his work in the Derek Trucks Band and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, as well as his criminally overlooked blues/roots/americana/unclassifiable band Scrapomatic. Mining an eclectic range of influences, Mattison’s astonishing vocal range and carefully-crafted songbook has earned a dedicated following from Carrollton to Roopville and beyond.
A native of Minneapolis, MN, Mattison attended Harvard University where he graduated cum laude in 1991 with a concentration in American Literature. After an ill-advised stint as a journalist, he began his music career with Paul Olsen as one half of the blues duo Scrapomatic, who have released four albums to date. As Scrapomatic’s star rose, Mike was picked up by slide-guitarist Derek Trucks and began touring as lead singer with the Derek Trucks Band. Since 2001 he has appeared constantly with Scrapomatic, the Derek Trucks Band and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, performing on five continents and in every state, except Alaska. Mattison has gone on to win two GRAMMYs with Trucks: 2009’s Best Blues Album for the Derek Trucks Band’s “Already Free,” and 2011’s Best Blues Album for the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s “Revelator.” His compositions, “Bound for Glory” and “Midnight in Harlem,” received significant airplay and the latter was highlighted in the band’s performance for the DVD of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010.
“The trouble with band bios,” says Mattison, “is that they become lists of influences. That’s well and good, as long as it stays that way. Nowadays, P.R. people just say: ‘These guys ARE the Rolling Stones or this singer IS Aretha Franklin.‘ Metaphor has replaced simile. It’s disrespectful. I’ll give you a list of acts that inspired us to rip them off. I think that’s more honest. Taj Mahal, Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Dr. John. Apologies.”
With that out of the way, Mattison is proud to have toured, recorded and shared the stage with such legends as B.B. King, Carlos Santana, the Allman Brothers Band, Solomon Burke, the Black Crowes and Herbie Hancock. “I’ve learned musicianship, professionalism, how to tour and how to navigate the music business from my work with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Invaluable stuff. The experience surely impacted Mattison’s drive towards establishing himself as a solo artist. However, a major goal remains: He would like to grow up to be Dr. John.