And you’re right, it’s not an orchestra.
More like a banjo-harp-gentle-rockin-happy machine.
We don’t know what to call it, but we want everyone to know about it. The music has a lot of light in it. We try to play beautiful songs from all eras. Plus a ton of my own songs dating from the beginning of my songwriting quest right up to the present.
“A masterclass in songwriting, arrangement, and performance, When I Was a Writer speaks to life's final act when we are left with few assurances but an inescapable destination. The Minnesota native handles this delicate topic with equal parts acceptance and defiance over a series of tunes that render us alternately tearful and triumphant.”
– PopMatters, Jedd Beaudoin, Jan 15 2020
“Which is to say, When I was a writer is filled with songs of spring sung in a crisp autumnal mood and thus has a kind of scrapbook immediacy to it that makes it one of those quietly assured keeper gems that we’re forever grateful to for having crossed our path.”
– Stereo Embers, Dave Cantrell, May 12 2020
“Thanks to this instrumental configuration, the music shapeshifts between genres—baroque pop, lush folk, rich acoustic rock—with intricate grace and precise arrangements. The nuances of the topsy-turvy melody of “Real Life” and “Petty Thief” come into sharp relief thanks to cascading background harmonies, while Roe’s galloping banjo and Tracy’s fanciful playing offer texture to ‘Space Cruising.’”
– City Pages, Annie Zaleski, Mar 18, 2020
“Whatever you’re imagining a harp and banjo band to sound like, Matt Wilson & His Orchestra probably doesn’t sound anything like it. The vibe is neither heavenly nor hillbilly. Combining those instruments with bass, guitar and piano results in a surprisingly warm and wistful sound, and – as with all of Wilson’s music – it is instantly melodically memorable.”
– Rock and Roll Globe, Katherine Yeske Taylor, Mar 25, 2020