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Serena Matthews

Member sinceSeptember 19, 2006
LocationNashville, TN
MembersSerena Matthews
Artist Biography:
Don't care too much to talk about myself, so I'll just toss up some reviews and let you listen as you read.

"The 21 songs on 2012 are each delicate aural paintings of raw depth and beauty which stand up to repeated listening because of their elemental nature. Whether she’s singing about a man going to his death (“Crow Song”) or observing the rare transcendent grace of the world around us (“Blackbird Fly Away”), Serena doesn’t mince words. Hearing these compositions all in one place after all these years simply accentuates what makes them so memorable and indispensable. Serena doesn’t want fame, but she’ll continue to have a rapt audience as long as she continues to release such stunning music. 2012 is a stirring example of Americana at its finest, and it deserves to be savored."
- Jonathan Sanders, Hear, Hear! (Mar 04, 2012)

"That peculiar voice? Its timbre is reminiscent of a less polished Hope Sandoval, with a hint of the Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins in there, along with the rawness and brute honesty of a young Hazel Dickens, and at times a pronounced and savvy blues streak that will manifest itself at the most unexpected moments and with a certain startling twist in her slurred phrasing reminiscent of Lil Green. Mesmerizing, riveting, wounded and unself-consciously funny at times .... Serena’s vocals are never less than honest and heartfelt expressions of, it seems, exactly what she’s feeling at the moment, with no evidence of an editor’s hand at work as she tells her stories. Other artists talk about being an open book; Serena Matthews is an open book--it’s not even a close call to say so. Stranger still, the voice, sometimes a bit sandpapery, soft but with depth, is of indeterminate age--she might be eight years old, or eighty."
- David McGee, The Bluegrass Special (Apr 03, 2011)

" As you listen to Serena’s songs, you get the feeling that she is mournfully content. There is a lament for things past, but she cherishes her life for what it has become. There is wisdom to her songs, as she takes the most mundane items in life and shows us how we relate. There is no fluff or filler, no embellishments or white lies. In a world full of people who always want more, Serena encourages listeners to stop and smile at what they have now. Even though her music is understated, it has the ability to command your attention, to get you to pause, even if only for a moment.... ...Perhaps one of the best compliments an artist can receive is when there is no mainstream artist to compare them to. Serena’s voice and style is rather unique, and the only artist who she could be even loosely compared to would be the vocals of Macy Gray. That is, if you took Macy to Tennessee and put a guitar in her hand. "
- Shannon Brown, Indie Music Reviewer Magazine (Apr 15, 2012)

"Matthews, singing in a searching, haunting, little girl’s voice with the slightest of a blues drawl and accompanying herself with rudimentary, spare, acoustic guitar atmospherics, may well be the female Nick Drake."
- David McGee, The Bluegrass Special (Apr 03, 2011)

More by Serena Matthews:

Angel in Hell
Beauty's Colors
Blackbird Fly Away
Crow Song
Dimestore Cowboy
Here in the Blue
In the Sweet Bye and Bye
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Mellow Out
Moon Hanging Low
Moon River
Night Owls
Not Dead Yet
Rain Song
Savage Land
Shotgun Ravens, Pale Night
Thursday Dawn
Too Quiet


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