Cheap Scotch: A Rough Blend

by Matt DeBlass

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In the beginning of September, I packed up my life and moved from New Jersey to Madison, Wisconsin to be with the love of my life. As these stories sometimes go, things didn't work out the way I thought, and I found myself on my own, broke and a long way from where I came from. My first instinct was to drown my sorrows in cheap Scotch and then head back East, but I decided I like this town, I've found a job and made some friends, maybe I can build a new life here on my own, but it's a bit difficult.

That's where this album comes in. I blew all my savings moving here, and have been at work less than a month. I need to raise a bit of money to help move into a new place and buy things like dishes and towels and all the things that I don't have on my own (not to mention groceries), until I've got a paycheck or two under my belt. I've got some amazing friends who've been willing to help, but I would rather offer something in return.

So I decided to drown in a different kind of "Scotch." I had a few of these songs kicking around in my head for a while, but haven't done a lot to arrange or polish them yet. So I sat down one Sunday afternoon with my little digital recorder and worked them out. The whole thing is very much an almost-live, quickly done, and very rough bunch of music, but like those bottom-shelf whiskies, I hope this album will give your spirits a bit of a lift without offending your palate too badly. And someday when things are calmer, I intend to revisit these songs, and maybe add a few new ones, to produce something worthy of a better label.

Thank you all, and enjoy!


released October 11, 2014

All arrangements by Matt DeBlass, Recorded in my (soon to be not) home in Madison Wisconsin on the afternoon of Sept 28 2014.

Matt DeBlass - Celtic Harp, Mandolin and Vocals.

Neil Fein- Other instruments and trying to make my ghetto-ass recording sound palatable.

Cover photo by Matt, design by Neil.

An Amperclef Records release.



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Matt DeBlass Madison, Wisconsin

Matt DeBlass is a folk musician based in Madison, Wisconsin specializing in traditional music on harp, mandolin and other acoustic instruments

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