MATTY T WALL
BURNIN UP BURNIN DOWN–AM I WRONG–LOVE GONE AWAY–SCORCHER–BLUE SKIES–THIS IS REAL–VOODOO CHILE–BROKEN HEART TATTOO–SMILE–HELLHOUND ON MY TRAIL
Hailing from Perth, Australia, Matty T. Wall has always been a student of musical history, especially where the blues and rock converge. His unique style is captured on his latest set for Hipsterdumpster Records, “Blue Skies.” It’s a Duke’s mixture of originals and covers that pay tribute to his heroes, and shows his love for the classics while forging his own distinct sound. Joining Matty, who is on guitar throughout, is Jasper Miller on drums, Stephen Walker on bass, and Gordon Cant on keys.
Matty T rockets outta the gate with a mile-a-minute guitar riff that touches on Elmore James and chases it with the swagger of Muddy in the story of a girl who “poured gasoline and lit a match on my heart,” “Burnin Up Burnin Down.” “Am I Wrong” follows a stompin’ Hill-Country beat to convince a lover that he’s her right choice. Then, there’s the curious blues-rock story of a woman with, shall we say, “light-fingered tendencies” and the men she seduces, “the girl with the Broken Heart Tattoo.”
We had three favorites, too. We said Matty T was a student of the blues, and in the dazzling instrumental, “Scorcher,” you can hear elements of Duane Eddy twang, Dick Dale’s surf guitar, and smooth blues from T-Bone Walker, and probably many more in this fine cut. The set closes with a seemingly-wind-blown groove of Robert Johnson’s “Hellhound On My Trail,” presented here in a vastly different style than the original. That same thing can be said of our other favorite, Jimi’s “Voodoo Chile.” Matty begins this song with a somewhat stripped-down intro, giving Gordon’s organ an opportunity to set the tone. But, by mid-song, Matty’s in full-on wah-wah mode, taking this one “to the outskirts of infinity.”
We are some of the luckiest folks on the face of the Earth. A three-hour road trip west of here gets us to Memphis, and, in another hour, we’re at Ground Zero in Clarksdale. Obviously, for Matty T. Wall, this is a geographical impossibility. But, neither time nor distance has kept him from learning the sounds and heritage of the masters, which he proudly shares thru the grooves on “Blue Skies” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.