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About Chris Mateer & Uprooted Music Revue

Chris Mateer is a freelance music writer living in Portland, OR. He is the founder and writer of the Uprooted Music Revue and is a featured contributor to No Depression. In addition to music writing, Chris teaches visual art and plays the drums and some mandolin.

As a player and music writer, Chris is always excited to share and learn more. He believes a community thrives on participation and enthusiasm, and he's thrilled to contribute.

You can read his posts here on No Depression and on Uprooted Music Revue at http://www.uprootedmusicrevue.com/. To follow Chris and UMR more closely, sign up on UMR's Facebook page and subscribe to UMR's twitter feed.

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Interview: Banjo Legend Tony Trischka on "Great Big World"

For over 45 years Tony Trischka has been one of the most influential and groundbreaking banjo artists influencing bluegrass and acoustic musicians everywhere. He is a legendary banjo innovator, composer, collaborator, and teacher. His new album, Great Big World, was recently released via the Rounder label.…

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Posted on March 5, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Interview: Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks on "Tarantula Arms"

After a year and a halfish of calling Portland, OR my new home, I am now finally connecting with the vibrant music scene here. In an effort to spread the word on some of these exciting artists of the greater Northwest,  I am going to be posting a new series of interviews focusing on their work.

I am thrilled to kick off these regionally-focused features with an interview with Jenn Rawling  & Basho Parks, otherwise known as …

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Posted on February 28, 2014 at 10:00am

Interview: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West on "I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands"

Although not quite household names (yet!) and often referred to as "musician's musicians", Cahalen Morrison and Eli West have returned with their magnificent, third full length album called I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands, which is sure to be making quite an impression. The duo have been making quite a name for themselves over the years, playing every kind of venue including small intimate clubs, opening up for some of roots music's biggest artists, as well as appearing…

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Posted on February 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Interview: Doug Paisley on "Strong Feelings"

Ever since I picked up a copy of Doug Paisley's Constant Companion, it has been one of my favorite albums and one of the most played in our home. As someone who has anxiously awaited for new recordings by the artist ever since that release, I have equally enjoyed his Golden Embers EP (which features a number of guests, including Feist), anticipating the next full length. Well the wait is over, Doug Paisely has returned with Strong Feelings, his third release…

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Posted on February 11, 2014 at 12:30pm

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Daniel T commented on Chris Mateer's blog post 'Interview: Banjo Legend Tony Trischka on "Great Big World"'
"And thanks for the interesting interview Chris."
Mar 11
Daniel T commented on Chris Mateer's blog post 'Interview: Banjo Legend Tony Trischka on "Great Big World"'
"Always a treat to hear a new Tony Trishka work. He was quite the local hero in Central New York when I was younger. I moved away for quite a long time ,but came back to Syracuse, temporarily. He still plays the area and the shows are always a treat,…"
Mar 11
A blog post by Chris Mateer was featured

Interview: Banjo Legend Tony Trischka on "Great Big World"

For over 45 years Tony Trischka has been one of the most influential and groundbreaking banjo artists influencing bluegrass and acoustic musicians everywhere. He is a legendary banjo innovator, composer, collaborator, and teacher. His new album, Great Big World, was recently released via the Rounder label.Great Big World features Tony along with an…See More
Mar 10
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Interview: Banjo Legend Tony Trischka on "Great Big World"

For over 45 years Tony Trischka has been one of the most influential and groundbreaking banjo artists influencing bluegrass and acoustic musicians everywhere. He is a legendary banjo innovator, composer, collaborator, and teacher. His new album, Great Big World, was recently released via the Rounder label.Great Big World features Tony along with an…See More
Mar 5
JD Smith commented on Chris Mateer's blog post 'Interview: A Word With Gary Louris of The Jayhawks'
"THANK goodness for You Tube.  When they're not on the road, it's either the CDs, some live boots or I can watch them on the most amateur You Tube recording and still get full enjoyment out of them....at least until they hit the road…"
Mar 4
A blog post by Chris Mateer was featured

Interview: Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks on "Tarantula Arms"

After a year and a halfish of calling Portland, OR my new home, I am now finally connecting with the vibrant music scene here. In an effort to spread the word on some of these exciting artists of the greater Northwest,  I am going to be posting a new series of interviews focusing on their work.I am thrilled to kick off these regionally-focused features with an interview with Jenn Rawling  & Basho Parks, otherwise known as Jenn & Basho.…See More
Mar 3
Chris Mateer posted a blog post

Interview: Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks on "Tarantula Arms"

After a year and a halfish of calling Portland, OR my new home, I am now finally connecting with the vibrant music scene here. In an effort to spread the word on some of these exciting artists of the greater Northwest,  I am going to be posting a new series of interviews focusing on their work.I am thrilled to kick off these regionally-focused features with an interview with Jenn Rawling  & Basho Parks, otherwise known as Jenn & Basho.…See More
Feb 28
Ed Malachowski commented on Chris Mateer's blog post 'Interview: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West on "I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands"'
"The new release also has an amazing wood cut cover. But the music...is a revelation. Constant in my car cd player since I got my copy. Doesn't look like a Massachusett's appearance is in the works."
Feb 25
TenLayers commented on Chris Mateer's blog post 'Interview: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West on "I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands"'
"Really liking their cover art.  I'm going to buy this based on the art work alone....and the interview of course.  Thanks for this."
Feb 22
A blog post by Chris Mateer was featured

Interview: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West on "I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands"

Although not quite household names (yet!) and often referred to as "musician's musicians", Cahalen Morrison and Eli West have returned with their magnificent, third full length album called I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands, which is sure to be making quite an impression. The duo have been making quite a name for themselves over the years, playing every kind of venue including small intimate clubs, opening up for some of roots music's biggest artists, as well as appearing at well-respected…See More
Feb 22
Chris Mateer posted a blog post

Interview: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West on "I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands"

Although not quite household names (yet!) and often referred to as "musician's musicians", Cahalen Morrison and Eli West have returned with their magnificent, third full length album called I'll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands, which is sure to be making quite an impression. The duo have been making quite a name for themselves over the years, playing every kind of venue including small intimate clubs, opening up for some of roots music's biggest artists, as well as appearing at well-respected…See More
Feb 19
A blog post by Chris Mateer was featured

Interview: Doug Paisley on "Strong Feelings"

Ever since I picked up a copy of Doug Paisley's Constant Companion, it has been one of my favorite albums and one of the most played in our home. As someone who has anxiously awaited for new recordings by the artist ever since that release, I have equally enjoyed his Golden Embers EP (which features a number of guests, including Feist), anticipating the next full length. Well the wait is over, Doug Paisely has returned with Strong Feelings, his third release overall for No Quarter. Doug Paisley…See More
Feb 13
Chris Mateer posted a blog post

Interview: Doug Paisley on "Strong Feelings"

Ever since I picked up a copy of Doug Paisley's Constant Companion, it has been one of my favorite albums and one of the most played in our home. As someone who has anxiously awaited for new recordings by the artist ever since that release, I have equally enjoyed his Golden Embers EP (which features a number of guests, including Feist), anticipating the next full length. Well the wait is over, Doug Paisely has returned with Strong Feelings, his third release overall for No Quarter. Doug Paisley…See More
Feb 11
A blog post by Chris Mateer was featured

Uprooted Music Revue's Favorite Audio Recordings of 2013

Before we get to the rundown of Uprooted Music Revue's yearly "best-of" list, first, let me say that this has been a year filled with excitement, reflection, and ultimately, some new beginnings for me. Early on in the year things were heading towards some unforeseen and unpredictably exciting places.I feel the need to give thanks because I have had some amazing opportunities come my way this year. I worked with the Avett Brothers backstage for an exclusive video shoot, interviewed some of my…See More
Dec 27, 2013
Chris Mateer posted a blog post

Uprooted Music Revue's Favorite Audio Recordings of 2013

Before we get to the rundown of Uprooted Music Revue's yearly "best-of" list, first, let me say that this has been a year filled with excitement, reflection, and ultimately, some new beginnings for me. Early on in the year things were heading towards some unforeseen and unpredictably exciting places.I feel the need to give thanks because I have had some amazing opportunities come my way this year. I worked with the Avett Brothers backstage for an exclusive video shoot, interviewed some of my…See More
Dec 23, 2013
A blog post by Chris Mateer was featured

Introducing Portland, OR-based Songwriter and Guitarist Marisa Anderson

Marisa Anderson is a Portland, OR-based songwriter and guitarist who explores the complex fabrics of American folk, blues, and country. At 19 she left college to walk across the country (and in her words, "didn't stop for 19 years"). Marisa was a founding member of The Dolly Ranchers, before embarking on her own solo career. Her solo debut, Holiday Motel, was an Outmusic nominee for Best Female Debut…See More
Dec 11, 2013

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At 6:49am on May 2, 2012, Jimmy Warburton said…

 Chris maybe see you at the Knickerbocker Westerly RI on Friday nite?

Eilen and her band are special to me. Finding out that Jerry Miller taught himself to play guitar like that really blows my mind.

 peace Jimmy (Trademark Animals)

At 11:47am on January 31, 2012, Nancy Dunham said…

Thanks so much for reaching out, Chris. Will do on your blog :)

At 12:17pm on January 25, 2012, Larry Here said…

Thanks for friending me here, Chris. I read all your pieces here on ND, and am always infotained. See you around!

At 2:41pm on January 16, 2012, Independent Music Promotions said…

Loved your blog, Chris! Surprised I hadn't seen it before...looks great.

At 1:11pm on December 9, 2011, ron sutton said…

Chris,  Don't Miss the 10 part series on Mike Bloomfield on You Tube, it's awesome!  Have great Holiday's!  Ron Sutton, Nashville, TN   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJa8KI

At 11:17am on October 27, 2011, Todd Kubon said…
I have the Son Volt Record but not the other. I am gonna check it out. One of my favorite albums Eric plays on is Jeffrey Foucault's Horse Latitudes, the title track will make you think you are listening to the Pariah Dogs. He also plays on Ghost Repeater, which was produced by Bo Ramsey, one of my favorite producers. Which btw I will be seeing Bo Ramsey tonight with his wife Pieta Brown, daughter of Greg Brown (all time favorite artist). You probably know all of these artists but my point is I have owned albums that Eric has played on long before I knew what was drawing me to the music. Its fun and interesting to look past the music and discover all of these little connections. I am going to check out your other interviews. Thanks again.
At 10:49am on October 27, 2011, Todd Kubon said…
Chris, your Joe Henry interview inspired me to go out and buy the record. I had listened to Joe in the past but not intently like this before. The T-Bone Burnett connection was an important one because I try to listen to every thing he produces. I am also in the habit now of looking for records that other session players have been on that I like like Eric Heywood. I immeadiately can tell when he is on the pedal steel. When I saw Ray Lamontagne at Massey Hall here in Toronto Jay Bellarose was out of this world. He is something to watch playing the drums.
At 11:32am on October 21, 2011, David Mahler said…

AND, I just realized that it was YOU that did that great Jessie Sykes interview.  I have just gotten hip to here this year and like everything I hear.  I thought you did a great job with her on the interview.

chefdave

At 11:31am on October 21, 2011, David Mahler said…

Chris, thanks for being in touch and friending me.  I like what I've seen of your blog so far.  I write one too, but it's about food, as I am a Chef in real life.  You can check me out at chefofthejungle.blogspot.com, or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chef-of-the-Jungle/154411491318518

thanks again,

chefdave

At 10:35am on August 5, 2011, Tim Lee said…
Thanks Chris!
 
 
 

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