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Thank you to everyone who made it out to Strange Brew last night…..had a really great time playing songs from the new record….now getting ready for the road…are there still truckstop diners worth stopping at when heading out West?


New Day!

Ahhh, it is a new day…..and this post in this diary is brand new…..nothing old about this website, no sireee….



MtE Heads East and Austin!

Hello everyone….so i am well rested from a bit of family vacation time, and now i must resume releasing my new CD, “Accidental Thief”, into the wide world….

I will head East first, so if you are in Northampton, MA, Boston, Portland, ME, New York, Easton, MD or Washington DC, i’ll be there very soon, and i will have the new CD, NEW T-Shirts, and new songs for you to hear!….

I’ll also be sending out another email very soon that will have details and dates for the Midwest and West Coast legs of the tour, which will start in mid-August, and go through September….or you can check them out at the shows page of my website right now…

And, for those of you in my lovely (albeit, too hot…107, really??) hometown of Austin, TX, i’ll be playing on August 13th at Threadgills World Headquarters, and it’s a co-bill with the amazing Joe Pug (recently heard on Prairie Home Companion)….and, it’s the last band show till October….and it’s gonna be awesome….and i really think that you should be there…..and you should get your tickets soon, cause it’s cheaper that way, for you….and, well, yeah…..

Hope to see you all soon, and i hope it’s not too hot wherever you are, and i hope it rains in Austin real soon….



(show details below)

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 7:00 PM

Iron Horse Music Hall

20 Center St.

Northhampton, MA 01060


Doors 5:30pm

Show 7:00pm Matt the Electrician opening for The Wailin’ Jennys

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 8:00 PM

Club Passim

47 Palmer St.

Cambridge, MA 02138


Doors 6:30pm

Show 8:00pm Co-bill with Ana Egge & Matt The Electrician – Double CD Release

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 8:00 PM

One Longfellow Square

181 State St. Suite 201

Portland, ME 04101


Doors 7:00pm

Show 8:00pm

Co-bill with The Spinning Leaves & Matt The Electrician

Friday, August 5th, 2011 9:00 PM

The Living Room

154 Ludlow St.

New York, NY 10002


9:00pm CD Release

Saturday, August 6th, 2011 8:00 PM


5 Goldsborough St.

Easton, MD 21601


Doors 7:00pm

Show 8:00pm

CD Release Show!

Sunday, August 7th, 2011 7:30 PM

The Mansion

2020 O Street N.W.

Washington, DC 20036


Doors 6:00pm

Show 7:30pm

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 8:00 PM

Jenni Finlay Promotions 5th Anniversary Party

Cheatham St. Warehouse

119 Cheatham St.

San Marcos, TX 78666


8:30 Owen Temple

9:10 Ray Wylie Hubbard

9:50 BettySoo

10:30 Matt The Electrician (solo)

11:10 Will Sexton

11:50 Joe Pug

12:30 James McMurtry

Saturday, August 13th, 2011 9:00 PM

Threadgill’s World Headquarters

301 W. Riverside Dr.

Austin, TX 78704


Doors 8:00pm

Show 9:00pm Joe Pug & Matt The Electrician (full band show)


MtE Release Week and Beyond!

Good morrow friends…it is Monday, and i’m in between radio shows right now…sitting at a cafe in my 100 degree Austin home….aren’t you jealous, other colder places?….ok, maybe not….but, right now, this is where i am, and where i’ll be releasing my CD, and where i’ll be playing…so, it feels pretty ok today…

If you haven’t already heard, our CD Release Show on Saturday night is SOLD OUT!….however, if you’re around Austin, and you want to see the whole band playing songs from the new CD, may i suggest that you come out to Waterloo Records tomorrow, Tuesday June 14th, at 5pm….not only will we be playing, but the new CD, “Accidental Thief”, will be for sale for the first time!!….and also, there will be FREE BEER!!

And, if you were planning on coming to the show on Saturday, and did not get a reservation in time, while i am deeply sorry, and will try to make it up to you in the future somehow, might i now steer you in the direction of the world famous Cactus Cafe, where two of my good friends, and favorite songwriters, Anais Mitchell and Dustin Welch will be playing (seriously, if i didn’t already have plans, that’s where i’d be)…

I have added a few Austin shows and one in St Francisville, LA to the list below, as well as Dallas, Denton, Houston, Helotes, and Lafayette, LA…..

Oh, and, there’s a rumor that i will be playing a song or two at Flipnotics tonight with many of my songwriting friends fresh home from Kerrville…

Hope to see you all soon,
(show details below)

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 5:00 PM
In-Store Performance
Waterloo Records
600A N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
FREE “refreshments”!!

Saturday, June 18th, 2011 7:30 PM
CD Release Party!!
Wyldwood Shows
Austin, TX
7pm Doors
7:30 Show
John Elliott opens

Monday, June 20th, 2011 7:00 PM
The Saxon Pub
1320 South Lamar
Austin, TX 78704

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 8:00 PM
Poor David’s Pub
1313 South Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75215
CD Release Show!!
Doors 7:00pm
Show 8:00pm

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 8:00 PM
The Spellcaster House Concert
2014 Northwood Terrace
Denton, TX 76209
7:00pm Potluck
8:00pm Doors
Suggested Donation $10
RSVP/more information:405-740-1488 or

Friday, June 24th, 2011 9:00 PM
Floore’s Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd.
Helotes, TX 78023
Doors 7:00pm
Show 9:00pm

Sunday, June 26th, 2011 8:00 PM
Jon Dee Graham & Friend
Continental Club Gallery
1315 S. Congress
Austin, TX 78704

Monday, June 27th, 2011 7:00 PM
The Saxon Pub
1320 South Lamar
Austin, TX 78704

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 7:00 PM
The Magnolia Cafe
5687 Commerce St.
Saint Francisville, LA 70775

Friday, July 1st, 2011 8:00 PM
House Concert
Lafayette, LA
More info/RSVP:

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 9:00 PM
Anderson Fair
2007 Grant St.
Houston, TX 77006
8:00pm Doors
9:00pm Show
Houston CD Release


New CD!!

Hello there…the new CD, “Accidental Thief” will be coming out on June 14th!!…it’s very exciting, and we will be doing an In-Store at Waterloo Records on June 14th, and then our CD Release show at Wyldwood Shows on June 18th …..more exciting news soon….goodnight diary



LL Bean

So it’s true, one of my songs, “Got Your Back”, from “Animal Boy” is featured in the new LL Bean TV Ad…you can see it here
it’s pretty exciting for me, so thanks for all the e-mails and tweets and congratulations…i appreciate it




Heading home today from Amsterdam…thank you Europe, for another fantastic and amazing adventure….i will return…




I am at the Tonder Music Festival in Tonder, Denmark right now….sitting in my hotel room, 15 minutes down between shows and meals and meetings….it’s crazy out there…and beautiful….and crazy beautiful….i just played a song swap with Arlo Guthrie, and Mick Flannery and John Spillane from Ireland, as well as my good friend Troy Campbell from Austin….i’m still a bit in shock….and there were hundreds of people there…and it was amazing…but i’m also tired, and i miss my family…..this life is a wonderful crazy thing……




Prom Night; Bell Tower-Style from Matthew Sever on Vimeo.

This morning we went to the top of an old and famous church in Amsterdam called Westerkerk, and we watched a man named Boudewyn Zwart play the bells in the bell tower…..he played some Bach, and some traditional Dutch tunes, and even a medley of national songs for all the nationalities present (Polish, Spanish, American, Finnish and Dutch)…then he played part of the melody from an old song of mine called Prom Night, and then improvised a type of fugue around it….we walked up 210 stairs, or 289 feet, or 85 meters, straight up, and it was well worth the walk… you can read more about Boudewyn at



The Castle

Sitting in a living room in The Netherlands right now, after a long afternoon walk around Old Amsterdam….played a show last night somewhere out in the Holland countryside, at an organic farm/commune, followed by an amazing homegrown dinner and hours spent sitting around a fire late into the night……before that i played at the first folk club in Holland, in Harrlem, where Pete Seeger had played in 1961, and later Simon & Garfunkel…….spent a week and a half in Denmark, part of that time at an intensive/life-altering/magical songwriting workshop of sorts that took place at a castle built by a Danish alchemist in the 1500’s, joined by my now new best friends from all over Scandinavia…….

I’m an extremely lucky/blessed individual…..i’m so grateful to the world around me right now….seriously, i get to make shit up for ├é┬áliving??!!….thank you universe