Matt Roach “An Alternative to Rock and Pop, with a Little Country-Comedy Thrown in for the Folk of it!”

Dec 16, 2009

By Krista Doran

Copy_of_Roach-Dec_20Well, it’s the Christmas edition of the Out On The Town and I wanted to take this opportunity to personally wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Happy New Year! This is my favorite time of the year and one of the ways I like to celebrate is with music! There will be plenty of fun things to do over the Holidays and the OOT has your back on this for sure! We know all the best places to go for fun and music and one act I can definitely recommend for you is the 5th Annual All Original Christmas Show with Matt Roach at the Tin Angel on 12/20/09!

After working with a sketch comedy group for many years back in the late 80’s, early 90’s, Matt began writing music and working his hilarious comical talents into his songs. He has written the music and the lyrics to over 400 of his own original tunes and as Matt explains, “Most of my songs are usually written in the shower or while doing dishes for some reason.” His songs seem to come to him all at once and he can usually finish them from start to finish in about 15 minutes. “You won’t really know exactly what my songs are about;” says Matt “They can go from completely deranged to funny or sad. But one thing is for sure, no matter what type of mood you are in, there is definitely something there for everyone to relate to.”

Matt is a one-man show and his act is certainly unlike anything you have ever seen or heard before. I asked Matt what he uses as his inspiration for writing new songs and his reply to me was unexpected, but honest. He told me that most of his songs, although lyrically driven, have an underlying sadness to them. I asked him why that was, thinking I would get a deep answer, pertaining to a horrible childhood, but he very calmly stated, “Happy songs are too hokey!” I got a good chuckle about that because when I listened to his music, I totally understood what he meant. Matt writes about real life – not just the happy parts of it and adds lots of humor and fun to it. His songs definitely say many things you have already been thinking but may be too afraid to say yourself!

In addition to performing solo, Matt also does all of his marketing and promotion on his own. I asked him why he decided to take it all on and he simply stated “no manager or booking agent is going to take as much interest in me as I would.” Yet another honest answer and I for one can definitely respect that! He has been successful by doing it all himself! He has opened for such acts as Marshall Crenshaw and Steve Forbert and is a very well-known artist from the Philly area.

Matt Roach is quite a character and has developed a very unique act that is entertaining in every way. So if you are looking for something to do over the Holidays that is fun and thought provoking, funny yet realistic about life, go check out Matt Roach at the Tin Angel on 12/20. You can purchase tickets and listen to Matt’s music right now at

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