Matt Munhall is a spontaneous and engaging performing artist whose songwriting is an honest reflection on life.
After spending last summer hunkered down in Nashville with producer Brad Jones and legendary guitarist Charlie Sexton (who is most well known for playing alongside Bob Dylan for much of the last 15 years), Matt emerged with a collection of songs packed full of image creating lyrics and warm guitar tones. 700 Miles documents the roads they traveled together.
“My world is the hermetically sealed world of the recording studio. I invite the artist in, to join me in crafting miniatures while we ignore the world. In the case of Matt, it worked the other way around. I was pulled from my organized sanctuary into his world: big and messy as life itself.
He arrived with a stack of stories and a bag of questions, and yanked me right out onto the human highway with him. Who was this guy? Lapsed Catholic? Bourbon poet? Troubled son? Patient Father? Major bruiser? Minor saint? I was trying to find out. He was trying to find out, too. There are clues in the music, which is as beautiful and real as anything I have ever heard”. - Brad Jones/Producer (Over The Rhine, Josh Rouse, Richard Julian)
Matt Munhall - Vocal, Piano, Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organ, Vibes
Brad Jones- Producer, Engineer, Bass on 2, 3, 7, and 10, organ on 1, backing vocals on 11
Roger Hines- Bass on 1, 4, 6, 8, 9
Matt Paetsch- Bass on 10, and 11
Steve Ebe- Drums on 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 11
Jon Radford- Drums on 2, 3, 7, and 10
Charlie Sexton- Electric Guitar on 3, 5, 6, and 9
Etta Britt- Backing Vocals on 1, 4, and 10
James “Nick” Nixon- Backing Vocals on 4, 6, and 10
Tom LoSchiavo- Backing vocals on 11
Haley Plourde Cole-Backing Vocal on 2
Chris Carmichael- Strings on 2, 3, 7, 10, and 11
Jim Hoke-Saxophone on 4 and 8
Steve Herrman- Trumpet on 4 and 8
Recorded and mixed at Alex the Great, Nashville, TN
Mastered by Patrick Damphier
All Songs © 2013 by Matt Munhall, Guinea Pigs Music (SESAC), except I’m a Human, Dancing with You, Heart of Man, When I’m Gone, Reaching Out to You, and His Mighty Hands (Matt Munhall, Guinea Pigs Music, SESAC, and Parker MacDonell, Songs from Fayerweather Hall, SESAC)
Cover Art- Katy Castronovo, photo courtesy of Julie Ricketts, a concept by Matt Munhall
Photos- Emily Hixon Photography (back cover)
I’m so grateful to have made this recording…to you for listening, to all the kickstarter backers, and to all the folks who gave their musical spirit, to Richard Julian, Brad Jones, Matt McCormack, Charlie Sexton, Parker MacDonell, To the essential Spirit of Creation, my Mother, my Father, my Sister, my Brother, and the Light busting through.