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William Matheny


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    Christian Name
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    Flashes and Cables
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    Just Be Simple
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    Living Half to Death
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    Moon Over Kenova
Matheny, a West Virginia native and longtime multi-instrumentalist for Athens, Ohio, indie heroes Southeast Engine, first broke out on his own with 2017’s "Strange Constellations", his debut 11-song solo collection.
His newest release on Misra Records, "Moon Over Kenova", is a 14 song EP that Matheny conceived to accompany his 2017 debut.
There’s plenty to find appealing: Jackson Browne pop hooks alternate with widescreen, cinematic rock’n’roll that brings to mind Warren Zevon backed by Drive-By Truckers. Take, for instance, “Tonight and Every Night From Now On,” a neo-Tom Petty-esque pop-rock tune: “I think it was Saint Teresa of Avila,” Matheny says, “who once said that there are more tears shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones. For those of a more secular bent, I'm pretty sure that Garth Brooks said the same thing."
Like Tom T. Hall, William Matheny is a storyteller and songwriter. Also like Hall, he’s the kind of artist who garners instant respect from other artists, even as he makes songs so effortlessly catchy. We could resent that he didn’t arrive sooner, but let’s instead celebrate that he’s here now.
"A tour de force. The singer-songwriter’s combination of heartland rock, Americana, and a keen ear for lyrics is indeed a winner."
-Wide Open Country
“Literary rock’n’roller William Matheny has a knack for spinning stores about roach-infested apartments and social anxiety into indie gold.”
- NPR's Weekend Edition


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