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American Preservation

by Matt Turk

A collection of traditional songs and classic tunes recorded live over a long, fun weekend. Songs include "Mama Don't Allow," "Bang a Gong," (T.Rex), "City of New Orleans," (Steve Goodman) "On the Turning Away" (Pink Floyd) and more....
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Thank God I'm A Country Boy
2:26 $0.99
2. Mama Don't Allow
2:32 $0.99
3. Bang A Gong (Get It On)
3:26 $0.99
4. City of New Orleans
4:22 $0.99
5. Wabash Cannonball
2:55 $0.99
6. Sweet Virginia
4:03 $0.99
7. Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes
2:56 $0.99
8. I'll Follow the Sun
2:30 $0.99
9. You Don't Mess Around With Jim
3:04 $0.99
10. America the Beautiful
2:38 $0.99
11. On the Turning Away
2:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
"the rootsy rendition of "America the Beautiful" arguably could be considered the definitive acoustic version" - Janet Goodman - Music News Nashville

"American Masterpiece" Catherine Michaels, Night Rhythms DJ on 100.7 WHUD

"Deft" - Roll Magazine

"Authentic...Sublime..." The TMR Zoo

Matt Turk is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world, both as a hard-rocking bandleader and an acoustic folk troubadour. Matt's new recording American Preservation, highlights the latter, as well as showcasing his growing reputation as a stellar re-interpreter of classic tunes. The new record is a collection of traditional standards and well-loved classics, produced by David Dobkin and Dan Pinnella. Recorded live at Matter Music in Burbank California, American Preservation is further evidence of Turk's true musical craftsmanship. With an inspired track list ranging from Roy Acuff to Pink Floyd, and from Taj Mahal to T. Rex, Turk's singing is both confident and relaxed, his mandolin, lap steel, and guitar playing crisp and rollicking. Turk's stellar band includes drummer Dean Butterworth bassist Chris Wagner, Chris Joyner on piano and Wurlitzer, vocalist Gaby Moreno, fiddler Gary Star, saxophonist Tracy Wannamae , Jack Rudy on harmonica and Dan Pinnella on guitars, pedal steel, dobro and slide.

American Preservation reached #20 on the folk/dj chart during the summer of 2010 getting spins in more than 30 US States, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All tracks from the recording were played and "I'll Follow the Sun" reached #25 as a single.



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Julie Corbalis

Matt Turk Rocks!
Matt's new CD "American Preservation" is a collection of rock, country and pop covers familiar to millions of Americans. It's really got a little bit of everything: from the Beatles, Stones & Pink Floyd, to T. Rex, Jim Croce, and Steve Goodman, this is a CD you can listen to with your entire family. It showcases the best songs that American and British performers have had to offer over the past 60 or so years. In other words, it's a CD where no one has to compromise over what different folks in the same room want to listen to. In addition to song selection, Matt's delivery is also impressive. Is he a country boy? A city-slicker? A suburbanite? If you didn't know him you couldn't tell since his voice sounds believable whether he's belting "Thank God I'm a country boy!" or "Uptown got its Hustlers, Bowery got its bums..." What I like most about Matt's new CD is that it celebrates covers, which is what us local working musicians make most of our tips playing. Sometimes we get down on ourselves and the covers, becoming frustrated when it seems people want to hear the Stones rather than our original music. But the thing is, the Stones kick-ass! Their music makes us feel alive. It needs to be out there. And people like Matt bring it to us when we can't have the Stones themselves. "American Preservation" is our reminder that music has always been created to make us feel good. We are lucky to have folks in our lives who care so much about preserving good music and sharing it with all people.