Matt Larson & AudibleWatercolor

Matt Larson & AudibleWatercolor

 Peoria Heights, Illinois, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

AudibleWatercolor is creative and engaging folk music.

Matt Larson - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
Andrew Hatfield - Mandolin/A. Guitar/Fiddle
Gretchen Harrison - Cello

Booking: Matt @ 309.264.9222 booking@mattlarson.net

Biography

AudibleWatercolor came together in January of 2011. Matt had thought that the cello, mandolin, and guitar would be a fantastic combination.. and it turned out he was right.

The trio delivers the culmination of extensive musical experience to every performance.

Andrew Hatfield plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass, and is the 2010 3rd-place winner at the National Flat-Pick Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Andrew is a complete musician who is well-versed in several styles of music, including bluegrass, country, r& b, and jazz. He currently plays guitar with the Chicago-based bluegrass band, Ashley Lewis and Ashton Gap, and mandolin with Peoria, IL mainstay Applegate and Co. He also performs with Christian musician Julius Adams, and singer-songwriters Laura Clark, and Matt Larson.

Andrew caught the music bug at a young age from his parents: his mother a songwriter, and his father a well-respected banjo player. He studied music at Bradley University (B.S. 2001), where he played the french horn. Andrew has taught music privately for 7 years, including 3 years at the Academy of Fretted Instruments in Peoria, and currently teaches full-time in Peoria, IL.

Matt Larson is determined to avoid the cliché of the sullen, self-involved singer song-writer, both in his music and in his on-stage demeanor. He is thought provoking yet fun, intelligent yet unpretentious. The optimistic, affable tone that typifies his music is bal-anced and enriched by an underlying complexity and subtlety that make his songs more than a fleeting, superficial pleasure.

In concert, he uses his humor, gregarious nature and thoroughly eclectic musical palat to entertain. Andrew and Gretchen demonstrate an excellence on their instruments that will blow your mind. The cou de gras is the warmth and wit expressed through Matt's voice that reaches out and draws his audience in.

A unique trio that is the best at what they do.

"Matt, you were very easy to work with and the students loved you! The CDs are great too!"

Kimberly Thornton - Assistant Director for Student Leadership & Involvement
Louisianna State University
Shreveport, LA

"Matt's show was a brilliant blend of original and cover songs. He had a great sense of humor that kept the audience interested and excited. He's the perfect act for a coffee house venue and really involves the crowd in his show."

Jacqueline A. Taylor – Student Activities
Catholic University
Washington, DC

“I would highly recommend Matt Larson. He is an outstanding performer who instantly connected with our students. I applaud him for his flexibility and willingness to accommodate the needs of students and the college to ensure a premier performance.”

Vesta Wheatley
Director of Student Activities
TarrantCountyCollege Northwest
Fort Worth, TX

“Thank you for hosting our coffee house here on campus! The program was a success and the students loved having the chance to perform for their fellow students. You did a great job of incorporating the audience!Thanks again!”

Jean Rekowski
Director of StudentActivities & Orientation
PfeifferUniversity
Misenheimer, NC

"Matt Larson's easy yet engaging performance at our cafe kept our crowd listening rather than chatting..which is rare!"

Randy Kelly
Appalachian StateUniversity
Student Activities Director
Boone, NC

“What a great show. Matt does a great job of interacting with the audience and was so easy to work with. We received many compliments on the show!”

Sara Hillis
Coordinator of New Media and Programs
TexasA&MUniversity
Commerce, TX

“Matt Larson was a big hit on our campus! He's great to work with and an all around good guy. The students really seemed to enjoy his music, style, and humor. He took a cafeteria show and made it a great event! I've already had students asking when he can come back.

Kim Day
SpartanburgMethodistUniversity
Student Activities Director
Spartanburg, SC

Lyrics

In Distress She

Written By: Matt Larson

She don't know where to go
looks for who she doesn't know
in someone's face
lost in a familiar place

She ain't sure about the rain
no safety lasts always
umbrella ain't able to
forever shelter you

In distress she
must confess she
isn't able to be
who she'd like to be

She cannot just exist
thinks of all that she might miss
just to pay the bills
first breath last will

In distress she
must confess she
isn't able to be
who she'd like to be

Timelessness she
must confess she
feels incredibly deep
that who she cannot see
is exactly what she needs

You Won't Let Me Go

Written By: Matt Larson

It's you I'm afraid of
wanna get away from
don't like you in my life

Tired of the changing
seems more like misplacing
things were just fine

You won't let me go
though I wanna get away
everything I do you know
the things I love and hate
You won't let me go
but where would I run
to ever really find true love

Find it confusing
seems like you're using
me to get what you need

But you're not in want
you're just in love
with me

You won't let me go
though I wanna get away
everything I do you know
the things I love and hate
You won't let me go
but where would I run
to ever really find true love

Doubt

Written By: Matt Larson

It's like the moon comes up
feel a change
darkness surrounds
like the moments before a show on a stage

I though I knew who I was
now I feel out of place
I never intended for things
to ever be this way

I know that I shouldn't doubt
I need your help to work it out

surges in my bones
this chemical interplay
wonder if it's just how I'm made
right this moment
I'm losing faith
where's my reflection
'cause I forgot my face

I know that I shouldn't doubt
I need your help to work it out

Cars are for Driving

Written By: Matthew Thomas Larson copyright 2008

she's got a chevrolet
drives it everyday
it takes her to the places
where she spends what she makes

her hair is long
radio blasts her favorite song
she lives her life
and spends the day before it's gone cause

cars are for driving
music for listenin'
money for spending
life's for the livin'

body for moving
soul for giving
she drives, lives and loves
without indecision

a smiles on her face
she wears it at her favorite place
her friends know she's grounded
though she lives like she's in outerspace

cars are for driving
music for listenin'
money for spending
life's for the livin'

body for moving
soul for giving
she drives, lives and loves
without indecision

Can't Make Ends Meet

Written By: Matt Larson

another day another bill
another notice in my mail
got alot I've got to pay
got no cash and that's okay

lights are out and the heats shut off
I'd catch a cold but I can't afford a cough
dead phone there's no dial tone
it's dark and cold and I feel alone

this is how it is when I'm without you
can't make ends meet
it's how it is when I'm without you
don't have what I need

thought I'd go out for a bite to eat tonight
cause time in money and I've got lots of time
but when the bill came they didn't like this plan of mine
now you're my one call from jailside

this is how it is when I'm without you
can't make ends meet
it's how it is when I'm without you
don't have what I need

some things are never gonna change
some things are never gonna change
some things are never gonna change
like..

debt, to-dos, bills, and love
of the last I can never get enough
with you here I'm not overdrawn
but I can't make ends meet when you're gone

Swim

Written By: Matt Larson

saw you the other day
you were out with him
we caught eyes, you looked away
I kept my gaze, started wondering

why did I lack the words to say
and experience to prevent the end
now he has you, I have this heartache
but I guess it's sink or swim

I'll swim inspite of my weakened reslove
not dwelling on whose fault
though I'm presently without
I'll swim starting now

seems like the ocean's wide
but my vision narrow
time to move on and cease to wonder
though I'm feeling Cesar's blade
not cupids arrow
still I won't sink, I won't go under

won't go under
I'll rise above
won't go under
I'll find true love

you could make me feel so
bad at times
but I won't let you wreck my life

I'll swim inspite of my weakened reslove
not dwelling on whose fault
though I'm presently without
I'll swim starting now

I Saw The Light

Written By: Matt Larson

In the countryside of Bethlehem
I was born and raised
laying beneath the expanse of the sky
while my sheep grazed

warm air in the evening
coolness of night
it's not a bad life

The end of another day
living a shepherds life
my thoughts centered around my purpose
then the sky broke
with proclimations choir

I saw the light
in a cradle in a stable
while a star hung in the sky
I saw the light
it's not a fable he's available
in your darkest night

at the sense of something's absence
we feel around with our hands
our eyes work just fine
it's our blind hearts
that fail to understand

chorus

I Madoff. It's All Gone.

Written By: Matt Larson

Eleven days into
mid December
Cold Thursday morning
New York winter

East side apartment's
door opens wide
blue robe and coffee
greet suit and ties

"there's no innocent explination"
deep are the lies
and complications

ahh.. I Madoff
ahh.. It's all gone

to summerize
in simplest terms
greed was invested
with no return

ahh.. I Madoff
ahh.. It's all gone

surrounded by numbers
that use to be names
some how I feel
at home in this place

ahh.. I Madoff
ahh.. It's all gone

Umbrella

Written By: Matt Larson

coffee's warm but getting cold
get the check and hit the road
leave the tip I'm on my way

out the door to my car
I often wonder how you are
and if I saw you what would I say

simple thing to look back
now I know what I would have..
done to have you stay

wash the dishes
cook a meal
tell you the way I really feel
say "I'm sorry"
not complain
be your umbrella in the pouring rain
"I love you"
is what I'd say

on the street I park the car
then I walk across the yard
through the door, I'm alone

I'm alone

hours pass on the clock
through the front door you walk
you ask "what are you doing in my home"

washed your dishes
fixed you a meal
and this is how I really feel
I'm so sorry
I complained
and I'll be your umbrella in the pouring rain
I love you
that's why I'm here today

Ronit I Need You

Written By: Matt Larson

electronic mail and over telephone
but your face I hadn't known
in New York City we were both passing through
I'll never forget when I met you

our two hour meeting turned into
seven leaving me to miss my flight
but it was alright
cause it gave us more time

Ronit, I need you
there is nothing I wouldn't do
to prove my love for you
Ronit, I need you
it's true
I like the feeling I've got something to lose

my legal work donated for the cause
you a hot chick from Montreal
we worked for the rights of others far away
it was good work but not good pay
not good pay, it was bad pay

two full hearts, two full lives
a full house when the time is right
this song only has one meaning
it's the story of our beginning

and Ronit I need you
there is nothing I wouldn't do
to prove my love for you
Ronit, I need you
it's true
I like the feeling I've got something to lose

Ronit, I need you

Discography

"Elevator People" 2001
"This Living Room" 2006
"Space and Time" - June 2011
"AudibleWatercolor" selftitled - August 2011

Set List

Sets can range from 30min to 3 hours.

Originals:
Baby You're Gold
Because I Have You
Been a Little Reckless
Cars Are For Driving
Could You Be Found
Don't Go Away
Doubt
Elevator
I Madoff
It's How it Is
In Distress She
Intentions
One More Floor
Resolve
She's The heroine
Snow Angels
So Many Machines
Swim
Tell Me
The Mind Contention
The One I'm Wanting
This Livingroom
To Love You
Try
With You
When Have I Been a Remedy
You Amaze Me
You Won't Let Me Go

Covers:
Ain't No Sunshine- Bill Withers
Airbag - Radiohead
Ants Marching - Dave Matthews Band
Apologize - Timberland
Babylon - David Gray
Bad Day- Daniel Powter
Beautiful- James Blunt
Blackbird- The Beatles
Boston - Augustana
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Bust a Move - Young MC
Cable Car - The Fray
Chasing Cars - Snowpatrol
Closer To Fine - Indigo Girls
Closing Time - Semisonic
Crazy - Seal
Driftwood - Travis
Feelin' Groovy- Simon & Garfunkle
Fire and Rain- James Taylor
Fresh Prince of B