Wiscasset native shares Camden stage during MaineMadeMusic series
CAMDEN — In stark contrast to the temperatures that accompany the Autumn season, the career trajectories of Portland-based songwriters Katie Matzell and Jason Spooner are visibly heating up by the day, according to a news release.
The pair of talented performers looks forward to joining forces at The Camden Opera House as part of the venue’s celebrated MaineMadeMusic Series for live dynamic sets with their respective bands, Saturday, Nov. 3.
Saturday, November 3 • 7 p.m. Doors, 7:30 p.m. show • $14, General Admission
Matzell, a Wiscasset native, released her eponymous debut in early 2018 to extensive acclaim and has been performing live supporting the album for the remainder of the year. In a recent review, The Deli Magazine said “Matzell’s voice, both effortless and simple, floats above a sea of washy keys and pocket grooves, calling comparisons to not only her influences of the past (Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin), but to her contemporaries - Norah Jones and Emily King immediately come to mind.”
Spooner and his bandmates have been hard at work for over a year in their new Portland-based studio on a new album to follow up their celebrated fifth album, Chemical and have spent the better part of the last year performing around the Northeast and as far afield as California, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Washington and New Orleans, Louisiana.
2018 highlights for the group include an appearance at Sundance Film Festival along with Jason receiving an official instrument endorsement from Gretsch Guitars.
Both Matzell and Spooner were recently honored with nominations by the New England Music Awards.
Matzell was nominated for Female Performer of the Year and Spooner received nominations in the Band of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Live Act categories.
For tickets to the performance at The Camden Opera House, visit www.camdenoperahouse.com or call: 207-236-7963
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Matzell, a Wiscasset native, released her eponymous debut in early 2018 to extensive acclaim and has been
performing live supporting the ablum for the remainder of the year. In a recent review, The Deli Magazine
said “Matzell’s voice, both effortless and simple, floats above a sea of washy keys and pocket grooves, calling
comparisons to not only her influences of the past (Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin), but to her contemporaries- Norah Jones and Emily King immediately come to mind.”
The daughter of a former radio disc jockey, Katie grew up with an endless library of records at home. She
consumed a wide range of genres as her father’s radio career took him to stations that spun golden oldies,
classic rock, Top 40 and more, with major influences such as Etta James, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles,
Bonnie Raitt and Patsy Cline catching her attention early on. Katie is hard at work writing new music with plans to record and release her first full-length album in early 2019.
Maine’s own Jason Spooner Band ( Jason Spooner - guitar & vocals, Dan Boyden - Drums & Percussion and Adam Frederick - Bass & vocals, Warren Mcpherson - Keyboards & vocals) is in the midst of one of the band’s most exciting musical growth spurts to date.
The quartet stands out with an interesting signature sound that appeals to a wide range of audiences…. seamlessly blending a variety of musical influences and flavors into a cohesive and extremely energetic and listenable experience. Roots Rock, Americana, blues, folk and groove-oriented jazz with some elements of reggae and soul are all accounted for here and supported by a strong musicianship, interesting arrangements and intelligent songwriting.
“I think our individual musical tastes and backgrounds make this band appear like a bit of a science experiment on paper” says Spooner with a laugh. “We certainly never got together to blueprint out the specific kind of band we aimed to be like perhaps a bluegrass, reggae or a jam band would. Our influences just seemed to seep into the mix organically, and things got more interesting as we added new members. I think this diversity has been an asset in the end and it’s made us welcome at a huge variety of venues and festivals… we’re as welcome at a jam band festival as we are at a folk festival, a Triple A pop radio event or even a big blues show.”
The recipe has certainly served the band well… over the last few years this dynamic band has performed with acts as varied as B.B. King, John Mayer, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ray LaMontagne, Susan Tedeschi, Jackie Greene, G. Love, Guster, Blues Traveler, Brett Dennen, Josh Ritter, Peter Rowan and Sara Bareilles. Over the past decade alone Jason and the band have performed at Targhee Fest in Jackson Hole, WY - The Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT - The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT - FloydFest in Floyd, Va - The Festival at Sandpoint - Sandpoint, ID – The Naukabout Festival on Cape Cod, the River City Roots Festival in Missoula, MT - The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO and have been perennial favorites at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.
In addition to glowing recent press in Guitar World Magazine, No Depression, High Times Magazine, Wood & Steel Magazine and USA Today, the band was recently named one of Relix Magazine’s coveted “On The Verge - Bands You Should Know.” Their music has been welcomed on SiriusXM The Loft and on close to 40 Triple A radio stations nationwide.
Jason is endorsed by Gretsch Guitars, Taylor Guitars and Fishman Electronics. 2019 promises to be a turning point as the band prepares their sixth studio album in their new studio in Portland, Maine. The results represent an exciting new direction and a musical maturity that will unquestionably make the next release their most ambitious, cohesive and impressive to date.
No Depression Magazine calls their latest album “soulful and infectious… fusing a musical mixture of roots, country, jam, soul and island sounds into thirteen new tunes.”
The Portland Press Herald says “Spooner continues to be a consummate songwriter, weaving stories about sometimes simple, sometimes wildly complex human interaction and strife. His vision and sheer talent have resulted in another substantial album that is getting airplay at several radio stations around the country.”