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Matt Wilson Is Still Very Much A Writer

Courtesy Howlin' Wuelf Media

When I Was A Writer is the debut album from Matt Wilson & his Orchestra. Wilson is a veteran of the Minneapolis, Minnesota music scene, who came to national attention with the band Trip Shakespeare (which also featured his brother Dan) in the mid-1980s. The group recorded for the Twin/Tone label as well as A&M records before folding in the early 1990s. In the years since, Matt Wilson has busied himself with a variety of projects, including The Twilight Hours, featuring former Trip Shakespeare bassist John Munson.

Wilson is joined in his current project by harpist Phala Tracey, banjo player Quillan Roe (Roe Family Singers) and Jacques Wait (bass). Wilson contributes vocals, guitar and piano and recorded When I Was A Writer at his home studio and had intended to tour behind the record throughout the spring until the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wilson spoke with KMUW in March about his approach to songwriting, the demise of Trip Shakespeare and the future of his current band. When I Was A Writer is available from Pravda Records. You can learn more about Wilson here:

Jedd Beaudoin is the host of Strange Currency. Follow him on Twitter @JeddBeaudoin. To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.