Doors @ 4:30 PM ★ FREE
5pm: MATT BEDNARSKY
6pm: CORY BISHOP
In February 2012, Cory Bishop released his debut EP “Vinegar and Wine.” This was followed by the twelve song full-length release, “Southern Pines,” in April 2012. The songs on these records were born out of Bishop’s relentless coast-to-coast search for the best version of himself. They embody the tragic sort of beauty found in the search for identity, which is both as easy and as hard as looking in the mirror. Songs like the ballad “Neither Here Nor There” or the bouncy “Dear Savannah (Vinegar and Wine)” are highly personal over-the-shoulder-looks as Bishop reacts to what he sees in the mirror. And yet, Cory Bishop somehow manages to wield songs that are profoundly relatable.
In 2013, after some touring and time off, Bishop got back in the studio in his hometown of Nashville, preparing to unveil yet another version of himself. Having spent some time immersing himself in The Band, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, Bruce Springsteen and other giants of the like, it is safe to expect a sound reflective of these influences that is also completely relevant and refreshing. Bishop will drop a new single and EP this coming Spring.
Put a guitar in his hands and give him an atmosphere in which to sing and you’ll soon realize that Matt Bednarsky brings something fresh and exciting to music. Browse his YouTube channel with more than 200 covers and originals and over 2 million video views and you’ll get an idea of his talent, prolificness and diversity. Click around his online community throughout Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and you’ll see his commitment to and gratitude towards his growing fan base. It’s clear, Matt is no ordinary musical artist.
Born to a mother with a classical pedigree and a professional jazz guitarist father, Matt grew up in Shelton, CT engulfed in music. He began violin at the age of 4 (soon after left behind), began the guitar at age 8, and started singing probably not long after he could make farm animal noises. He first put pen to paper in songwriting at the age of 12, finding it as a way to creatively engage.
After high school, Matt attended New York University and studied Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, psychology and music. This choice of studies led to fluency in these three languages (in addition to English), and spurred him on a creative pursuit: to combine foreign languages with the universal language of music. After studying abroad in Italy, graduating from NYU, and living at an orphanage in Trujillo, Peru for eight months, Matt’s musical roots sprouted one step further and he recorded his debut EP entitled Ready. With two songs in English, one in Portuguese and two in Spanish, this was the beginning of a tenacious recording drive.
In January of 2012 Matt flew down to Tennessee and worked on his follow-up album alongside producers Dave Flint and John Griffin. Crafted as a collection of four lyrically rich and musically layered tracks, Matt’s sophomore EP entitled Happy Go Lucky was released on May 1st and reached #8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, gracing the listings with the likes of Norah Jones, James Taylor and Carole King.
Having spent the majority of 2012 based in New York City, Matt made the move to Nashville for 2013 to dive into Music City’s vibrant scene. His unique style draws influence from a variety of genres including pop/rock, folk, jazz, and blues and is characterized by poignant, thoughtful lyrics and soothing yet powerful vocals. Continuing to write and perform meaningful and high quality music, Matt seeks to be heard by and connect with as many people as possible.
Since the move, Matt has released an acoustic demo album entitled Fragments and Glimpses, as well as the Christmas EP Acoustic Tidings, both of which you can download for free at Noisetrade.
However, breaking through to another level, in March of 2014 Matt released his first full-length studio album, entitled A Bigger Picture. In part executive produced by Ed Cash, this record represents the culmination of Matt’s musical journey thus far. He hopes it inspires, challenges, and entertains you, as well as stirs within you the sense of yearning we all find inside of us.