Matt Novak's late 2004 debut 'Ten Valley' firmly places him in the ranks of contemporary American singer/songwriters. The whole album is a profound and unassuming gem among the all-too-often hasty world of modern-day music releases. 'Ten Valley' is an album that proves the careful attention paid to every aspect of each song, never really leaving the listener, but unraveling him/her to the very core of love found and lost, quests of the spirit, parental abuse, homelessness, homecomings, the listless, jailbound, and the broken-hearted. Matt's songs are aptly enriched by the harmonies of Kati Claborn, as well as supported by the stellar dobro playing of Seattle's Mike Grigoni, the bass of Robert 'Goldtooth' Ray, one of the Northwest's finest fiddlers Howie Meltzer, Dave Maguire on mandolin, and Laura Smith on the clawhammer banjo. Each song is delicately arranged and enriched by sparse instrumental combinations just full enough to support Matt's emotive heartfelt voice.
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