Matt Lowen blends rock, country and blues

Check out local singer/songwriter Matt Lowen when he plays the Duke of Dublin on May 21.

His style blends elements of folk, rock, country, blues and celtic, in the vein of John Prine, Tom Petty or Bob Dylan.

Lowen’s rural beginnings had a backdrop of bluegrass, where he played guitar along with his parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in the family band.

He earned starring roles in a number of plays and musicals while continuing to hone his musical skills. Eventually, he strayed from his country and western upbringing to embrace rock and roll in his high-school band, “The Matt Lowen Experience”.

Following a brief stint as a bass-player, Matt rediscovered the sounds, and poetic beauty of folk, blues, and roots music and realized what had been missing in his musical endeavours. He picked up the acoustic guitar, ventured on a trip across Canada to explore the rich musical history of his own country, began writing songs, and hasn’t looked back since.

He recorded his live in studio demo “Matt Lowen” at Tractorgrease studios recently, accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica to create a dynamic live experience.

Since recording his demo, he’s played live at Waves, Java Hut and Decades in Chilliwack. Check out his music at www.mattlowenmusic.com, crafted with insight and imagination, or www.sonicbids.com/mattlowen