Mat Churchill & the Backyard Town — Grand Rapids


Mat Churchill has been a man around town for quite a while now: driving the indie rock groove of the now-defunct outfit The Little Village and bellying the beauty of the folk-rock group Chain of Lakes. On his second solo album — the first with new backing band The Backyard Town — he lets his richly deep voice rise to the top on this collection of folk, rock, and country numbers. With a decidedly Midwestern feel in both guitar tone and true grit, the 10-song set finds that perfect place between a firm grip and a warm embrace, where honesty and friendship overlap so effortlessly. Catch the band live and pick up the album when it’s released Sept. 13 at Founders taproom. — Eric Mitts

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