Matt Gawlik

Matt Gawlik

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My music is mainly a melding of rock, Texas country, blues. I meld honest storytelling with life experience and a little existentialism thrown in for flavor and a great thirst for fun to create sonic landscapes that may make you think or simply tap your foot and sing along.

Biography

You can take the boy out of Texas but you can't take the Texas out of the boy. Truer words were never spoken of singer/songwriter Matt Gawlik. In 1984 at the age of 10 Matt got his first guitar and has not looked back since. Matt grew up listening to Charlie Daniels, Willie, Waylon, Johnny Cash, and the rest of the outlaw country brigade. At the same time, Matt was digging the sounds of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix and all kinds of rock music to boot. You will hear elements of all of those amazing musical icons in Matts music today.

Over the last 20 years Matt has played in rock, metal, oldies and country bands. At one point Matt played in 80lb Fist, a thrash metal band, while playing lead guitar with Walt Hudson and the Spare Tires. This eclectic mix made him learn many styles of music which incorporate to form Matt's sound. In the last five years Matt has found his true voice in a mix of Texas Country, southern rock and blues.

While Matt loves ripping it up on the guitar, his songwriting is equally impressive. Matt's songs range from whiskey soaked meanderings through the backroads of Texas to personal trips through his memories. Matt weaves stories that can make you laugh, cry, think, or just tap your feet and sing along. Often, if you look a little deeper into the words you will find something to take with you.

This depth of thought and breadth of musical talent comes together in an artist that has been entertaining and, more importantly befriending folks around the country. You'll mainly find Matt playing with the Front Porch Kings in and around the Carolinas, in north Georgia, where his boots are currently resting, and in the San Antonio area when he's making a pilgrimmage back to the home-land.

Lyrics

Dancehall Night

Written By: Matt Gawlik

Verse 1:
Lit the fuse on another day and it blew up right in my hands
Fallin short of my best intentions by trippin over some well laid plans

Pre Chorus:
We’ve been wound up a little too tight
But we’re gonna cut it loose tonight

Chorus:
We’re a few miles away from that old screen door
Of a tin roof building with sawdust on the floor
We can dance all night after the sun goes down

The band starts playin a Haggard Tune
It’s a whiskey for me and a beer for you

There ain’t nothin like a dancehall night in your old hometown

Verse 2:
This month of mondays is enough to drive me crazy
I’m just a pile of dust from this daily grind

I know I’ve been hard to deal with lately
But let’s shake it all off and see what kinda trouble we can find

Pre Chorus:
We’ve been wound up a little too tight
But we’re gonna cut it loose tonight

We’re a few miles away from that old screen door
Of a tin roof building with sawdust on the floor

Where we can dance all night after the sun goes down

The band starts playin a Pat Green song
Sing in your ear as we dance along

Ain’t nothin like a dancehall night in your old hometown

Pre Chorus:
We’ve been wound up a little too tight
But we’re gonna let loose tonight

Alternate Outtro Chorus:
And I crack a smile when we walk through the door
Hold you tight and slide ’cross that old dance floor

We dance all night until they shut this old place down

Now there’s a song on the radio sayin hold on
But not too tight or it’s gonna be gone

Ain’t nothing like a dancehall night in your old hometown
Ain’t nothin like a dancehall night in a good old.... Texas town.

Lyin'

Written By: Matt Gawlik


I've got a beat up Astro's ball cap on the dashboard of my truck
There's a guitar riding shotgun and a bottle full of bad luck
There's a thousand miles of blacktop between Heaven and my heart
I ain't been the man I need to be so I guess it's time to start

I left a note there on the counter saying that we've run our course
With some money for the next month's rent and the key to the front door
Know that I don't hate you I just cannot live this way
Life's too short for wastin' time and I won't give you one more day

I could never be the man you want me to be
'Cuz he ain't the one in the mirror lookin' back at me
My momma told me,
To thine own self be true
But I'm just lyin to me
When I'm Lyin next to you

Sunrise through the windshield lets me know that I'm alive
One step towards redemption, and an hour from the state line
It feels like I ain't seen, the sun in three long years
But I've bent the bars on this cage of yours and I've shed my final tears

I could never be the man you want me to be
'Cuz he ain't the one in the mirror lookin' back at me
My momma told me,
To thine own self be true'
But I'm just lyin to me
When I'm Lyin next to you

I've got a beat up Astro's ball cap on the dashboard of my truck
There's my guitar riding shotgun
And a heart
That's ready to love

Discography

Matt Gawlik - Texas Troubador
Front Porch Kings (Self Titled)

My song Lyin' as well as Toast and most of the other tracks on the Front Porch Kings CD currently spin on 88.3 WGWG and 88.7 WGWG in the Carolinas as well as various other Internet radio stations.

Set List

The show is an 80%-20% mix of covers and originals. We play songs from:
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Van Morrison
Jimi Hendrix
Pat Green
George Strait
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Dwight Yoakum
Johnny Cash
The Black Crowes
Tom Petty
The Rolling Stones
John Mellencamp

We are very flexible with the length and number of our sets but we generally play 3-4 45 minute sets.