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Matt Patershuk – An Honest Effort

Format: CD, DL & STREAM
Label: Black Hen Music
Release Date: November 19 2021

Matt Patershuk’s Grandad used to say, “God loves a trier”. He didn’t mean it in the way televangelist preachers do, who often say in not so many words: “If you pray the right way (and tithe appropriately), God will open limitless financial, health and career benefits before you.” He meant that there is worth, and value in the trying. The act of making an effort is redemptive, despite the outcome. This record is called An Honest Effort. You’ll find stories on this album about folks trying. In the face of unfavourable odds, with seemingly certain unfavourable outcomes, they give it a good go. Results vary, but all of
them are better off for the attempt. Matt is a singer and songwriter first. He values simplicity, but also loves to incorporate the small details that bring a story to life and make it relatable. Though his songs aren’t devoid of metaphor, you’ll not be left guessing about what the song is about when you’re done listening.


Like all Black Hen releases, this record is full of fine musicians making good sounds. Steve Dawson plays the guitar, pedal steel and Weissenborn, painting musical pictures that are a great counterpoint to the lyrics. Jeremy Holmes adds such fantastic groove, touch and taste on the bass and mandolin. Rock solid Gary Craig lends wonderfully inventive percussion. Keri Latimer’s tuneful and airy voice is a great foil to Matt’s earthy one. Fats Kaplin contributes wizardry on fiddle, ukulele, banjo and harmonica. With the musical talent that surrounds the songs on this record, heartfelt vocals, and inventive yet relatable subject matter, this is Matt’s best record to date.
This record feels good. I think Matt’s Grandad was right.

Praise for Matt Patershuk:

“Waylon and Kris spring to mind when comparing Patershuk’s music, and to make that comparison isn’t fanciful.” – Americana-UK

“Matt Patershuk writes country music for the thinking man, blues for the hopeful one, and soul for those who haven’t lost theirs yet.” – The Big Takeover

“…an incredible singer-songwriter with a gift for razor-sharp lyrics and stick-in-the-psyche-jukebox melodies.” – Alan Cackett

“…a massive talent and an incredible songwriter…Matt Patershuk has been flying under the radar for far too long.” – Country Music People

“I have absolutely no problem recommending this album to all admirers of the finest songwriters such as Tyson, Prine and Russell, for every nuance drips with sincerity and every syllable rings with the truth, and you should listen and explore the heart of a poet.” – Maverick Maverick

“…a serious craftsman in song.” – RNR


  1. Johanna (3:28)
  2. Jupiter the Flying Horse (6:17)
  3. Sunny (5:50)
  4. Turn the Radio Up (3:33)
  5. Afraid to Speak Her Name (3:01)
  6. 1.3 Miles (4:04)
  7. Stay With Me (4:31)
  8. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (4.13)
  9. Clever Hans (4:56)
  10. Shane MacGowan (4:57)
  11. Upright (4:59)

All songs by Matt Patershuk

Website Matt Patershuk

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