SZLACHETKA

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, SALACHETKA, Songwriter, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TNSZLACHETKA (pronounced SLA-HET-KA) draws your gaze back to a simpler time when music was less about stylized production and more about its experiential nature. His songwriting finds inspiration in the threads that connect us, weaving a tapestry of familiar moments that pay homage to the past while leaning into a future that promises both wonder and grace. Now based in Nashville, SZLACHETKA grew up in New England and began his career as the frontman for the acclaimed roots-rock band, The Northstar Session, with whom he recorded five albums and appeared in the second season of TV’s “Parenthood”. After nearly a decade of touring he left the band and struck out on his own, releasing his first solo album in 2014, “Waits for a Storm to Find”. SZLACHETKA’s sophomore album, “Heart of my Hometown” is set for release in the summer of 2017.

Matthew is a prolific songwriter who relishes the creative interplay of collaborative writing and the serendipitous connections that materialize on the road. In the last year alone, he has collaborated with Jamie Kent, Jamie Wyatt, Austin Hanks (Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top), Kevin Savigar (Rod Stewart, Kelsea Ballerini), Paul Freeman, Mando Saenz (Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Eli Young Band, Whiskey Myers, Kim Richey, Wade Bowen), Jeff Silbar (Wind Beneath My Wings), Wyatt Durrette (Zac Brown Band), Scott Underwood (TRAIN), Katelyn Clampett, Matt Brown, and Andrew Leahey.

Throughout his travels, Matthew has shared the stage with the likes of include Mike Campbell (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Chris Isaac, Brandi Carlisle, Huey Lewis & The News, John Waite, Deana Carter, Tommy Emmanuel, Albert Lee, Doyle Dykes, Chris Hillman, Laurence Juber, John Jorgensen, Lee Roy Parnell, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Matthew Sweet, Greg Laswell, Johnette Napolitano, Hanson, Fishbone, The English Beat, Madi Diaz, The California Honeydrops.

Rolling Stone hailed SZLACHETKA as one of the 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know, describing his forthcoming album as “a soundtrack for both the highway and the heartland… a collection of road-dog roots-rockers and Americana ballads inspired by the people (and places) he’s left behind in the rearview mirror.”

Americana music imbued “with the exaltation and resilience of classic Bruce Springsteen, while delivering the humanity and warmth of John Prine’s best songwriting.”
~ Jackson Truax, shakedownnews.com

Matthew’s songwriting is that rare kind that rises above the cliché, but remains accessible for the ordinary listener.
~ Premier Guitar Magazine

With his new solo album, Waits for a Storm to Find, Szlachetka has taken that step of faith into the unknown. The album is courageously honest and heralds a promising new chapter in his career.
~ New York Minute Magazine