Matt Stone
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Matt Stone

Temecula, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Temecula, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Folk Americana




"Radio Host Comment: KZGM, Missouri"

Twelve stylistically diverse tracks - all of them original and all revealing a sensitivity that is always the mark of a good songwriter. It is a very full album.

- Butch Kara, KZGM, Cabool MO -

"Radio Host Comment - WGDR, Vermont"

"It truly is such a lovely record! I find it very peaceful, serene and of course touching and at times somewhat bittersweet. The production is quite beautiful and really accentuates Matt's vocals and storytelling. It's a keeper!"

- Mark Michaelis, WGDR, Plainfield VT
- None

"Matt Stone: Northern Lights"

"Matt Stone has such a heartfelt and thoroughly warm voice that only appears very rarely, and I think of names such as James Taylor, Eliza Gilkyson, and perhaps a little Al Stewart."

- Per Wiker, (Sweden)
- Obladoo - Sweden

"CD Review / Matt Stone - Northern Lights"

"Mood and poignancy develop over the record and rush from peak to peak. And just think: This is the debut album of an artist who has managed to tell many little stories in his haunting, yet unobtrusive way so that they quickly reach the soul. I have not heard so much expression, so much passion in a debut in a long time.”

- Wolfgang Giese, (Germany) - Rocktimes - Germany

"Matt Stone - Northern Lights"

"This is a record for people who have been able to free their mind for a while, so that they can fill it with undistilled beauty and poetic power. You would like a comparison? Alright then: this is the male version of Eliza Gilkyson." -Dani Heyvaert

Full Translated Review:
Sometimes when reviewing a record, I am overcome with fear: fear because of the meaning of words, and particularly fear to be unable to indicate in a sufficiently nuanced way what it is all about with a record.

“Northern Lights” is one of those. It is a debut album of an otherwise unknown man, who is however gifted with the talent to write just about the most fragile songs that I have had the chance to hear in the last five years.

However, these are not children’s rhymes, written by Matt Stone. To the contrary: he makes musical mini portraits about a moment, a place, an event... which have stayed with him or with the person who told him about them. In the opener “The Simple Things” it sounds like this: “Sun comes up over the hill and climbs in the kitchen window, coffee on the stove, 6 a.m. again”.

Look, maybe you will find me an old romantic or so – not that there would be anything against it – but when I hear something like that, I see myself sitting at that table, then I smell the coffee and I see the sun rising slowly. That is what this record does for me: it evokes an enormity of images and that means in any case that Matt Stone can choose the right words to express what he wants to say. Such people make me jealous...

Matt Stone has probably worked very long on this record, because all along these twelve songs he keeps reaching the same high textual level. On the musical side, this is a rather traditional folk record: mainly sober, rather dreamy songs driven by acoustic guitar, albeit that there are also here and there some more up-tempo numbers.

To see the Aurora Borealis, that magnificent northern light of which we can only dream... who would not want that? Matt can devote his title song to it, in the same way as he can sing the praise of his old faithful pick-up truck in “Fifty Two”... the man seems to need only half a reason to pour some impression or memory into a song.

This requires great story telling skill, which this man is not short of. In addition, his voice is perfectly suited for the mostly soft, quietly flowing songs. But all in all Matt Stone has delivered a very beautiful debut album, which however requires one warning: the appropriate mood and location are important. So don’t listen to this when your snivelling brats are getting on your nerves, nor when you are on the way to hospital to visit your recently operated on mother-in-law.

No, this is a record for people who have been able to free their mind for a while, so that they can fill it with undistilled beauty and poetic power. You would like a comparison? Alright then: this is the male version of Eliza Gilkyson.

- Dani Heyvaert - Rootstime - Belgium


Matt Stone's debut full length CD "Northern Lights" was released in May 2013. It reached #22 on the FolkDJ charts, and has been aired throughout the US and in 15 countries.

Matt's song Land of Broken Dreams was recorded by Jade Elizabeth Taylor on her CD "Shades of Jade".



An award winning California Folk and Americana performing songwriter, Matt's songs come together like roadside folk art sculptures made from found objects. He takes the familiar and the forgotten and casts them forth with his unique perspective. His live performances are laced with humor and stories as he befriends his audience and takes them on a visual and emotional journey over the course of an evening.

Matt was named an Alternate Finalist for the 2015 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase for his song "Redwood".  His song "Ghosts in This Town" won Best Americana Song in the 2015 West Coast Songwriters International Song Competition.  The video of his song, "Spirit of the Wolf" has been viewed more than 20,000 times in 50 different countries. 

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