‘Young Heart, Old Soul’, the upcoming third album from roots-rock singer/songwriter Szlachetka, unfolds like the soundtrack to a cross-country road trip. Filled with heartland hooks, folk melodies, and searing electric guitar, these songs draw a line between Los Angeles — where he lived for years, soaking up the warm harmonies and jangling riffs of the city’s folk-rock icons — and his new home in Nashville, TN, the epicenter of modern-day Americana.
For the past half-decade, he’s been building his audience show-by-show, touring for more than 200 days a year. Matt has been earning praise from outlets like ‘Rolling Stone Country’, who hailed his catalog of “road-dog roots-rockers and Americana ballads.” ‘Young Heart, Old Soul’ finds him in transit once again, writing songs about a country torn apart by politics yet united by a common spirit. Produced by Scott Underwood, the Grammy-winning co-founder of Train, and largely recorded at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios, ‘Young Heart, Old Soul’ offers its own version of amplified Americana music. ‘Young Heart, Old Soul’ is also a record about home — the homes we leave behind, the homes we temporarily visit, and the homes we build with others. Maybe that’s why these 11 songs feel so grounded. After all, Szlachetka — whose self-made success includes high-profile shows alongside Brandi Carlile, Mike Campbell, and Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr, and Benji Shanks; regular appearances on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio; and his own DittyTV program, ‘Vinyl Recipes’, which combines his love for music, cooking, and cocktails — isn’t running anymore. Instead, he’s finally arrived.
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