Daily Distraction: Enjoy a late-night porch hang with Matthew J. Rolin on '4th Street'
The Columbus guitarist's Tiny Desk Contest entry was recently highlighted by NPR
Here's a welcome problem: It's hard to keep track of all the recent and forthcoming releases from Columbus guitarist Matthew J. Rolin. The prolific Cleveland native's excellent self-titled record came out on Feeding Tube Records in late 2019, followed by The Dreaming Bridge double LP earlier this year.
Plus, there's the ongoing collab with dulcimer player Jen Powers in the Powers/Rolin Duo, which released a self-titled EP and The Nightland (both great) in 2020, and just last month the pair released Strange Fortune on Astral Editions (and maybe other releases I'm forgetting). But wait, there's more!
Rolin and Powers also recently teamed up with Cloud Nothings drummer Jayson Gerycz in the Gerycz/Powers/Rolin trio, releasing Beacon in March and this week announcing another new album, Lamplighter, due out Sept. 3 on American Dreams.
Amid all that, Rolin submitted a video to NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest, and this week NPR's Lars Gotrich combed through the submissions looking for standout entries, topping his list with Rolin's video for "4th Street."
It's a humble submission, just Rolin on a porch at night with his guitar, a beer and a candle as the sounds of Fourth Street intermingle with his open-tuned melodies. The distant screech of a braking train becomes the perfect coda for the piece. Neighbors and a neon-lit bicycle provide visual interest. It's all very beautiful, very Old North Columbus.
Check out "4th Street" below, along with "June," the lead single from Lamplighter. If you're up for a road trip, you can catch the Powers/Rolin Duo with Cloud Nothings at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on July 23. Or maybe just wait till they come back home and find Rolin on his porch.