Matt Nathanson / Tanner Walle (early show)

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San Fran's impressive 12-string guitarist Matt Nathanson mixes plenty of humor into his shows, which are otherwise fully bared singer/songwriter affairs of reflective, sometimes wistful lyrics. Lawrence s/s Tanner Walle opens this early show, and then heads to Jazzhaus for a gig with his full bandPress bio :: San Francisco singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson presents a show which has been described as being buoyed by humor but anchored in song." It's a cathartic mix that's earned him raves from John Mayer to John Doe (both of whom hand-picked Matt as a touring partner). Oblivious to pop trends, Matt has spent the past decade in continual orbit around coffee shops and musty clubs, driven to buck the industry mantra (Male singer/songwriters don't sell and never will-) or die trying. With one hand married to the fret-board and the other clinging to a pick for life, he burrowed inroads into towns, bigger towns and cities. By 2000, his merch booth boasted four uncommonly intimate albums, each tracked with a disparate clan of players from David Immergluck (Cracker, John Hiatt) to emo-hero Jonah Matranga (Far, Onelinedrawing) to the Counting Crows' Charlie Gillingham.Recently, Nathanson was signed by major recording-label Universal Records, a well-earned reward after five EPs and 10 years of touring independently. Nathanson's cover of the James song Laid- appears on the soundtrack to the recent comedy American Wedding.

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