Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music are partnering to showcase local musicians through a series of stripped-down performances for the web. This week Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World perform “Carry On.”
Matt Townsend began his music career in Burlington, VT, writing songs in secret and eventually moving on to busking and playing coffeehouses. Since then, Townsend has moved to Asheville, played stages in Boston and Ireland — and laid down the tracks for his debut album.
Townsend performs both as a solo artist and with a full band as Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World. The band includes Rodney Easter on bass, Munchi Jones on drums and guest appearances by other musicians, including Casey Saulpaugh who plays steel guitar in this video for Xpress.
Townsend writes that his songs are “inspired by strange dreams and visions, the madness and beauty of the world around us, and the untouchable truth of the Universe itself.” Townsend will celebrate the debut of his first album, Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World, with a performance at Mothlight on July 5 (with Hannah Kaminer opening). The 9-track LP is also available at MattTownsendMusic.com and includes “Carry On” and “Gratitude in Being.”
You can also connect with them on Facebook at facebook.com/MattTownsendMusic.
This video web series is produced by Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music. Check back each week for a new video featuring Asheville and WNC musicians.
Matt Townsend and Casey Saulpaugh of Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World performing at Sherwood’s Music. (Carrie Eidson & Hayley Benton/ Mountain Xpress)