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Gasoline Rattle

by Mat d.

Folk Rising\'s 2007 album of the year. Raw, Dirty and Road Hard Acoustic Americana. Dark and compelling, somber and bittersweet, the music of \'Gasoline Rattle\' not only haunts the soul, but inspires it.
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2. Bikini Bull Riding
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3. Dead in New Orleans
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4. Damnation Line
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5. Guilty Man's Gun
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6. Sweet Louise
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7. Bound For Glory
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8. Dirt Road Eulogy
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9. Midway Babylon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
'Gasoline Rattle’ chronicles a dark, lonesome trip through pastoral towns, formidable dives and barren interstates on a rugged mission of transgression, love, heartache and deliverance. Singer/Songwriter Mathew deRiso offers up nine americana gems well suited for a slow ride down a gravel road.
Dark and compelling, somber and bittersweet, the music of 'Gasoline Rattle' not only haunts the soul, but inspires it.


"Mat d. combines the best of old acoustic roots / folk / country blues music with leading edge Americana blues and a hard driving gospel flavor to produce Folk Rising's pick for this year's top folk album."

Gary Kappenman - Folk Rising

" Mat's songs are funny, crusty, dirty glimpses into an America out beyond the strip malls. The subjects of his songs flash by like memories of a road trip, with recurring themes of faith, cynicism, and finding what love the world throws at us."

Jim Pipkin - HickoryWind.org


" This album from Mat D provides some fine additions to the canon of country - and indeed popular - songs. There are songs on this album that will (or at least should if there is any justice in this world) become standards.

Editor - BluesBunny.com

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Editor - BluesBunny.com

...no one puts a soap opera to song better than Mat D.
The troubadour. The singer of the songs. The storyteller. Stories of the grit and grime of life glamorised in the way that only poets manage. Poetry set to music as epitomised by Lee Hazelwood, Kris Kristofferson or John Prine. Songs that mean something to you and not just after that fifth beer. This album from Mat D (aka Mathew DeRiso, front man from Bluesbunny favourites Mat D and the Profane Saints) provides some fine additions to the canon of country - and indeed popular - songs.

There are songs that we have heard before, of course, like "Bound for Glory" but they manage to survive on their own without the support of a band. Mat D's voice shows that flawed but real quality that is associated with proper country singers and he sings his own songs well. Redemption is a common theme in proper country music and "Damnation Line" hits the mark evoking images of the emptiness of the highway at night and, by inference, the emptiness of life when you have lost something - "…a wandering soul never cries". There is a theme that runs through these songs in that Mat D paints pictures of people's sense of dissatisfaction with life. Not dissatisfaction with what they have got but perhaps dissatisfaction with what they have gotten out of life. Let's not forget that he also does a nice line in hope as well and "Midway Babylon" illustrates that. He is a dramatic if dark songwriter, however, and we've said it before but no one puts a soap opera to song better than Mat D. That said, we did miss a band sometimes, especially on the songs that we have grown to love like "Bikini Bull Riding".

There are songs on this album that will (or at least should if there is any justice in this world) become standards. Writing songs that can touch people's souls is no easy task and it is certainly no guarantee of commercial success but we raise our glass to Mat D as we think of our "Sweet Louise".
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Americana Roots.com - Don Zelazny

Mat D - Gasoline Rattle
Most of us round here became acquainted with Mat D (Matthew deRiso) through his recordings with his band The Profane Saints. The Sioux City Iowa native’s most recent CD, however, is a bare bones acoustic CD entitled Gasoline Rattle. He is joined by Kurt Mullins on fretless bass. This isn’t sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows acoustic; It’s music more suited for roasting, better yet burning, hotdogs in the parking lot at a tractor pull. This is turbocharged acoustic. Several songs have appeared on previous CDs with the band and have been re-worked for this acoustic set. These include “Bound For Glory,” which was released initially on the Brand New Faith EP and two from the bands now out of print 2006 CD Small Town Burning. These are “Sweet Louise” and one of my favorites (not just for the name) “Bikini Bull Riding.”


The backbone of the CD is the voice of Mat D. He’s been described accurately as a “young Steve Earle with a more powerful set of pipes.” This is Americana music broken down to its simplest form, guitar chords and voice, which makes for a refreshing listen. The number of tunes on the disc may actually be greater than the number of different chords in the music, yet despite their simplicity the tunes grab you. Although much folk music started simply like this, not many singers today could pull this off as effectively as Mat D.

Another of my favorites is “Damnation Line,” an intriguing tune about accidents. I figured there had to be a story behind the tune so I asked Mat, who confirmed this. His father-in-law was killed in a motorcycle accident and he says this is what initially inspired the song. It is a fictional account of those who have died on the roads, railroad tracks or highways. Mat says the line “They can still hear the sound of that wreck going down when you sleep on the Damnation Line” are the dead and the living reliving the past in the story… I imagined all of these spirits waking up at night and visiting the places where they met their end; sort of a highway ghost story.” There is not a lot of uplifting stuff here. Other song titles include “Dead in New Orleans,” “Guilty Man’s Gun” and “Dirt Road Eulogy.”

On the CD’s last track he does put the guitar down and pick up the mandolin for “Midway Babylon,” a tune with a bit of country feel that starts with, what else, love at the carnival:
I met a circuit preachers daughter on a midway strip, she wore a white silk dress that hugged her truckstop hips
well the years they hadn’t been too kind but a ramblin boy like me don’t mind
We made love that night out on the tilt-a-whirl, and I swore I’d love that curvy midway girl…
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Jim Pipkin

On Top of the Stack for 2007
Gasoline Rattle - Released in a bar called Sweet Fanny's, a Sioux City hangout whose crowd would eat most of the Americana posers out there today alive. Mat's songs are funny, crusty, dirty glimpses into an America out beyond the strip malls. All writers hate to be categorized or compared, but in some ways Mat reminds me of a young Steve Earle, with a more powerful set of pipes. The subjects of his songs flash by like memories of a road trip, with recurring themes of faith, cynicism, and finding what love the world throws at us. One lyric describing a lover hit me, from the tune Midway Babylon: "The years they had not been too kind, but a ramblin' boy like me don't mind." Don't take my word for it, go and hear this guy!
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Gary Kappenman - Folk Rising

Folk Rising's Album of the Year 2007
Folk Rising's ™ 2007 Folk Album of the year goes to Gasoline Rattle by Mat d., singer / songwriter from Sioux City, IA. This new solo album from Mat d. "combines the best of old acoustic roots / folk / country blues music with leading edge Americana blues and a hard driving gospel flavor to produce Folk Rising's pick for this year's top folk album. Our favorite lyric from the album is ' Baby, this train is still bound for glory, despite all of our rambling ways' from the Bound for Glory track offering hope of redemption in the depths of despair ".
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