The Jayplayers EP Release w/ Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart
8:00 PM, The Temple Tickets: $10 21+ The Jayplayers Our first rehearsals were in a local park; something of singing outside, in summertime, for no one in particular, that speaks to the natural ease of our collective relationship with music” – remarks The Jayplayers, of their formation in 2013 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Their songwriting […]
February 10, 2018 · 8:00pm
8:00 PM, The Temple
Our first rehearsals were in a local park; something of singing outside, in summertime, for no one in particular, that speaks to the natural ease of our collective relationship with music” – remarks The Jayplayers, of their formation in 2013 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Their songwriting is unassumingly authentic, derived from a shared, somewhat unconscious viewpoint. It seems their process was one in the same – to not really have a process; to write without intention, merely recording song ideas as they overcame their minds. “Our songs are most simply commenting on the human condition; words and music in harmony, made to strike a chord in the hearts of many.”
This Americana act, based around the songwriting of Keeley McCue and Chris Weidensaul, has developed from an acoustic duo into a full electric band set up as well. The inclusion of bassist Michael Broda and drummer Tyler Kollinok into the fold, has resulted in their debut LP Glitter & Wine (2016) and upcoming EP, The Jayplayers: Little Bit Country. This sophomore project, recorded in the renowned MilkBoy Studios in Philadelphia, is set for worldwide release in February, 2018 across all digital platforms (iTunes, Spotify etc.).
Over the past four years, not only has their collection of songs grown into a multiple records, but they have also gained great notoriety for their hundreds of live performances. They have moved from playing local eateries and area listening rooms, to nationally recognized venues such as Rockwood Music Hall and World Cafe Live. With their highly anticipated EP on the way and expanded band format, you will surely be hearing even more from The Jayplayers – so stay tuned!
Check out their website, facebook, and instragram!
A troubadour, a poet with a guitar, a stage banter-conversationalist – all terms that describe Matt Wheeler’s music & performance style well. Matt’s songwriting paints pictures with words, often drawing inspiration from classic works of literature or simply spinning new original stories in song. Lyrics & dynamics play a key role, as each song really means something, and each one is delivered with an honesty that is compelling.
When playing solo, Matt draws audiences in with engaging stories and interaction, while shining the spotlight on the lyrical strength of his songs. When joined by his band Vintage Heart, the poignant lyrics meet expressive strings and driving percussion to make orchestral folk songs that rewards repeated listens. The result is a pleasing sound that recalls wordsmiths like Denison Witmer, Iron & Wine, and James Taylor.
“Warm sound & heartfelt lyrics. If you are a fan of Josh Ritter give a listen to Matt!”
– Helen Leicht, WXPN Philadelphia
“Matt really has a way with words. He puts poetry to music really rather than simply writing songs. Very beautiful writing.”
– Red Line Roots, Boston