Americana music imbued “with the exaltation and resilience of classic Bruce Springsteen, while delivering the humanity and warmth of John Prine’s best songwriting.”
~ Jackson Truax, shakedownnews.com
SZLACHETKA (pronounced SLA-HET-KA) draws your gaze back to a simpler time when music was less about stylized production and more about its experiential nature. His songwriting finds inspiration in the threads that connect us, weaving a tapestry of familiar moments that pay homage to the past while leaning into a future that is yet capable of such wonder.
Produced by Grammy winning producer David Bianco (Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Lucinda Williams, et al.), Szlachetka’s sophomore album “Heart of My Hometown” is slated for release in the spring of 2017. The album’s ‘Americana’ aesthetic blends lavish guitar phrasing and roots-rock sensibilities with vivid storytelling that sounds both raw and polished in the same breath.
Matthew’s songwriting is that rare kind that rises above the cliché, but remains accessible for the ordinary listener.
~ Premier Guitar Magazine
Based in Los Angeles, Matthew Szlachetka has been making music for over a decade, both as the frontman for acclaimed roots-rock band the Northstar Session, with which he released five albums, and as a solo artist. After leaving the Northstar Session in 2013, Szlachetka’s struck out on his own and released his 2014 solo debut album, Waits for a Storm to Find.
With his new solo album, Waits for a Storm to Find, Szlachetka has taken that step of faith into the unknown. The album is courageously honest and heralds a promising new chapter in his career.
New York Minute Magazine
Matthew is a prolific songwriter who relishes the creative interplay of collaborative writing and the serendipitous connections that materialize on the road. In the last year alone, he has collaborated with Jamie Kent, Jamie Wyatt, Austin Hanks, Kevin Savigar (Rod Stewart, Kelsea Ballerini), Paul Freeman, Jeff Silbar (Wind Beneath My Wings), Wyatt Durrette (Zac Brown Band), Scott Underwood (TRAIN), Katelyn Clampett, Matt Brown, and Andrew Leahey.
Throughout his travels, Matthew has shared the stage with the likes of include Mike Campbell (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Chris Isaac, Brandi Carlisle, Huey Lewis & The News, John Waite, Deana Carter, Tommy Emmanuel, Albert Lee, Doyle Dykes, Chris Hillman, Laurence Juber, John Jorgensen, Lee Roy Parnell, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Matthew Sweet, Greg Laswell, Johnette Napolitano, Hanson, Fishbone, The English Beat, Madi Diaz, The California Honeydrops.