What a refreshing show this was; there’s nothing like a big, glossy production I’ll admit, but stripped-down shows like this offer something entirely different, intimate, and honest. The first Mat Maeson song I ever heard was “Nelsonwood Lane”, and since that very moment I’ve been hooked. I can say with complete honesty, there aren’t any other voices that sound like his, and to my astonishment the live thing is just as amazing. Joining [Maeson] in support was fledgling singer-songwriter Brennan Smiley.
I enjoyed the opening set from Brennan Smiley, though nothing groundbreaking, he showed an honest charm and likability that made watching his performance all the more engaging. Like the headliner, Smiley took the stage with nothing more than his guitar and his voice, and with each song, he endeared himself to the audience just a bit more.
Not many people can make an all-acoustic set slap the way Matt Maeson does. Not one song felt underperformed, not one beat was missed. While there are no bad Matt Maeson songs, there are some pretty incredible ones and lucky for me I got to hear more than a bit; “Cut Deep”, “Cringe”, and “Rational” just to name a few, all slapped just as hard as they have through my car stereo. Add the hilarious stories of wild nights with illicit substances and long lost (and perhaps criminal) friends with a couch to spare, I and the audience around me were fully engaged from start to finish.
Now that I’ve seen what Matt Maeson can do with nothing but his voice and his instrument, I can only dream how amazing it will be to see a full production; fingers crossed that dream comes real sooner than later.
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