Scrapomatic w/ Moses Atwood
Scrapomatic have been at it for thirteen years. Four albums in and the duo are still flooring audiences with their uncompromising sound. "It's like songcraft and the blues had unprotected sex," says vocalist and co-songwriter Mike Mattison. "We're not sure what it is, but it's spreading."
Since meeting each other at a P-Funk concert in Minneapolis in 1994, Mattison, a recent Harvard grad, and Paul Olsen, then completing his degree in music composition at the University of Minnesota, developed a rich creative relationship. "Immediately, collaborating was a snap. If one guy couldn't finish a line or a musical idea, the other one would. I think we shared a Midwestern worldview: somewhat fatalistic, laced with dark humor. The duo moved to New York City, formed Scrapomatic and made a name for themselves on the singer-songwriter circuit. We were playing the same joints as Norah Jones, Joseph Arthur, all of those early-2000s people."
As Scrapomatic's star rose, Mike was picked up by slide-guitarist Derek Trucks and began touring with the Derek Trucks Band in earnest. "It was fortuitous. Derek's singer had left [Javier Colon, who would go on to win season one of NBC's 'The Voice] and he was in a jam. John Snyder, who produced Derek's first three records, recommended me; so did Chocolate Genius [singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson] who we had done some shows with." Mattison would go on to win two Grammys with Trucks: 2009's Best Blues Album for the Derek Trucks Band's "Already Free," and 2011's Best Blues Album for the Tedeschi Trucks Band's "Revelator."
"Derek has been such a great friend and mentor. His wife, Susan Tedeschi has too. I've learned musicianship, professionalism, how to tour and how to navigate the music business. Invaluable stuff."
Yet in the intervening years, Scrapomatic still managed to produce four beloved albums: "Scrapomatic," "Alligator Love Cry," "Sidewalk Caesars" and this year's "I'm a Stranger (and I Love the Night) the latter three on Atlanta-based Landslide records. Paul forged ahead as an in-demand musical director for solo performers, and picked up two ASCAP songwriting awards in the process.
"Thankfully, Paul and I have the creative engine of Scrapomatic. It's where we go to refuel. Paul's ability to turn out song after devastating song still amazes me." The Alabama-bred guitarist Dave Yoke joined the group in 2007. "We call him the 'Douchetown Rambler.' He's sick." Yoke has been a professional musician since his teens, mostly in the Atlanta area and, like Olsen, clocked time in Susan Tedeschi's band.
Scrapomatic's latest, "I'm a Stranger and I Love the Night," was released on August 21, 2012 on Landslide Records. Mattison, himself, explains the growing momentum perfectly, "I used to say coy stuff about how we honor roots music while looking to the future. But now I just say: 'What's not to love?!'"
Asheville Music Hall (View)
31 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
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