The Best in Acoustic Music Performance
Falls of Richmond
November 18, 2008
Matt Brown proves himself to be a masterful solo performer with the release of Falls of Richmond. Having established a strong grounding as a fiddler with 2006's Lone Prairie, Matt here demonstrates his facility as a singer and multi-instrumentalist. There is plenty of fiddling, but he adds guitar and banjo to create a great mixture of American roots music. Thanks to a banjo-playing father, Matt grew up with roots music, attending festivals and listening to recordings of the early string bands. He began violin lessons on his fourth birthday, and was soon playing fiddle tunes on the instrument. He added the guitar and banjo in his teens. He has had a number of influential mentors, including David Holt, Dirk Powell, Ginny Hawker, Bruce Molsky, Paul Brown (no relation), Tracy Schwarz, and Bruce Greene.