CD Review: Matt Harlan – Tips and Compliments
Matt Harlan’s writing style takes me back to a time when songwriters shared insightful stories of toil and triumph. I remember spending countless youthful hours listening spellbound to great storytellers like, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, Kris Kristofferson, Nanci Griffith and being moved emotionally by what I was hearing. I challenge anyone to listen to Matt Harlan and tell me they are not moved emotionally by his stories. Matt Harlan’s debut entitled Tips & Compliments will surely be spun countless times on my CD player as I am sure others will succumb to this compulsive practice. The CD debuted at #1 on the Euro Americana Charts and features thirteen awesome tracks, each a hit in my opinion. From the emotionally touching story of bad news from “Elizabethtown” to “Walter” a recollection of childhood hours spent frolicking with his grandfathers dog, Matt Harlan digs deep and shares himself with those fortunate enough to discover his music.
I sincerely enjoyed meeting Matt as he did a guest appearance on Honky Tonk Happy Hour. Matt Harlan is a truly talented and gifted storyteller deserving of success. I urge all music fans to catch Matt Harlan live in concert – it is truly time well spent…
by Chris Harkness for MM55productions
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