Years ago, I stumbled upon some Matt Wertz tunes. It was around the time his almost “Twenty Three Places” came out and forced me to become a Matt Wertz fan for life. Oh, it doesn’t hurt that he shares the same birthday. Rock on!
I was fortunate enough to see Matt Wertz in concert a few times. I want to say it was even as the opening act for Matt Nathanson (another favorite), but I cannot be certain on those particular facts.
That could have also been the concert that Kate Earl was the opening act. It was a small venue and I was about five feet from her and her keyboard. During one of the ballads, I swear she sang the whole thing to/at me. I didn’t know what to do! It was one of those Do I look at her? or Do I look away? In any case, the song ended and she never called, so I guess I didn’t choose the right option.
On to Mr. Wertz. We’ll simple enough – he rocks. His music has a nice singer/songwriter feel to them. There are some tender ballad-type songs, and some happy-go-lucky pop songs (like “Heartbreaker”). He went the major label for one of his albums, but I have a feeling it was a little too stifling for this independent-at-heart artist. So he is back doing his own thing and putting out some great tunes.
I know I have heard some of his stuff on the radio in different stores, so chances are, you have too. Enjoy two of my favorites below.
What is your favorite Matt Wertz ditty?