Saturday, October 27, 2018, brings The Suitcase Junket, Matt Lorenz's nationally touring, throat-singing, slide-guitar playing one-man-band, to Winter Wind. The concert, at The Depot, 200 South Jones, begins at 7:00 pm.
Matt Lorenz, an artist, tinkerer and swamp yankee, learned to sing by copying his sister Kate. Then, as he was leaving college in 2004, he pulled a guitar, filled with mold and worse for wear, from a dorm dumpster. He fixed it up and started pulling songs out of it. That was the beginning.
It’s an astonishing thing to watch Matt Lorenz, the architect and sole member of The Suitcase Junket, perform. From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks, and rock clubs, Lorenz conjures an entirely new sound. His is the road-worn voice rising over the grind of a tube-amped dumpster guitar, and the wild double pitches of throat singing.
From Lorenz's penchant for thrift and ingenuity came the 2017 full-length Signature Sounds debut of Pile Driver, with original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos and dance-hall festivity. It is magnificent, rousing, image-driven songwriting, played out on instruments built of broken bottles, thrift store forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, salvaged instruments, and an overhead compartment’s worth of luggage.
The Suitcase Junket has built a powerful fan base in his native New England and far beyond and was named to Spotify’s Best of 2016 Folk & Americana and Blues & Roots Rock playlists. Lorenz also caught the attention of National Public Radio who chose his video session for "Earth Apple" from his 2015 album, Make Time, as one of the year's favorite sessions.
Lorenz’s music puts The Suitcase Junket in the company of artists working the border of Americana and rock -- Shovels & Rope, M. Ward, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Sam Amidon, Alabama Shakes, and The Record Company.
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by the City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department and by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. Additional support comes from Contributors: Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Keri and Hugh Young; Bruce and Trisha Bunce; The Montford Inn; and by Neighbors: Tom and Mary Cay Woodfin; Danna Primm; EB Dancer; and Rachel Adams, Nature’s Healing Art - Clinical Massage.