Christopher Paul Stelling w/ Matt Wheeler
September 24, 2015 · 8:00pm
Christopher Paul Stelling
After releasing his debut album Songs of Praise and Scorn in February of 2012, Christopher Paul Stelling toured relentlessly. Singing his songs with a pure uninhibited delivery, Stelling has become known for the intensity and passion put into his live performances. Owing as much to the bards and troubadours of times long since past as to his contemporaries, Stelling’s ever developing commitment to his craft is obvious. His second album False Cities was released on May 21st, 2013 on the heels of his first european tour. False Cities is a record that brings Stelling’s gothic folk mix of howling fingerpicked stomps and crooning laments to an even further realization. Early 2014 will see him touring europe for the second time while he preparing for his third record, Labor Against Waste.
“Trade your coins for a handful of wildflowers & let the summer rain sing you to sleep.” – From “#8”
Matt Wheeler’s songwriting has gained a reputation for its crisp, taut lyricism & poetic, honest approach, & for its ability to paint vivid pictures with words. Balance that with the rhythm section’s driving bass & drum groove together with the haunting & sweet strains of the violin & the cello, & you have an orchestral folk sound that will draw you in & reward repeated listens. Live shows add in Matt’s signature inviting & fun stage banter. Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart’s songs have sparked the interest of WXPN, WJTL, Fig Magazine, Fine Living Lancaster, Good Day PA, Fox 43, & numerous other media outlets.
Called a “Lancaster treasure” by PennLive, Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart has been spreading its words & music from its central Pennsylvania home to listening rooms, churches, bars, house concerts, & festivals throughout the Northeast. The band’s sound draws influences from the storytelling singer-songwriter tradition of James Taylor, Glen Hansard, and Denison Witmer.
“Matt’s Strings EP caught my attention, especially the violin & cello on the song “Avalanche”. Now with the help of his fans he has released his debut album showcasing his warm sound & heartfelt lyrics. If you are a fan of Josh Ritter give a listen to Matt!”- Helen Leicht, WXPN Philadelphia