THE BOSE TROUBADOUR TOUR: Four amazing singer songwriters “in the round” for this national tour stop, Presented by Bose! Songwriters include Matthew Szlachetka, Jamie Kent, Jeff Campbell, and Megan Slankard!
Los Angeles based solo artist Matthew Szlachetka (pronounced SLA-HET-KA) is a Rock &Roll/ Americana singer-songwriter who plays between 150- 200 a year throughout the United States. He released his debut solo album, Waits For A Storm To Find in Spring of 2014 to high critical acclaim.
From 2006- 2013 he served as frontman for The Northstar Session an acclaimed Los Angeles-based roots-rock band. During his tenure in the band they released 5 albums.
Szlachetka’s music has been heard on various movies and TV shows, including the hit NBC show Parenthood (Season 2, Episode 2) where he performed in a scene with actor Dax Shepherd.
Artists he has opened for and/or shared the stage with include Chris Isaac, Brandi Carlisle, John Waite, Tommy Emmanuel, Albert Lee, Doyle Dykes, Chris Hillman, Laurence Juber, John Jorgensen, Lee Roy Parnell, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Matthew Sweet, Greg Laswell, Johnette Napolitano, Hanson, Fishbone, The English Beat, Madi Diaz, The California Honeydrops.
Szlachetka is a proud endorsee of these brands: BOSE, Monster Products, Jim Dunlop, LR Baggs, Blue Microphones, Schreyer Audio, G7 Capos.
Press quotes that Szlachetka’s new album Waits For A Storm To Find has garnered so far:
“Matt Szlachetka is more introspective here… his considerable strengths are in full flower – especially his ability to craft a song organically into something pleasing to the ears…. A guitar player who writes fine songs and a songwriter who plays great guitar, his songs are built from the ground up, melody and groove at the foundation, typically supported by acoustic guitar and colored by tight electric breaks with no time wasted on empty pyrotechnics”- Vintage Guitar Magazine
“Matthew Szlachetka has hit the ground running solo with Waits For A Storm To Find – and it’s a great listen”- JamBand.com/ Relix Magazine
“Matthew’s songwriting is that rare kind that rises above the cliché, but remains accessible for the ordinary listener. Waits for a Storm to Find is a good album and deserves your attention… All told, Matthew Szlachetka is for fans of good, diverse rock music. It’s clear that he has mastered the art of the American rock song”- EarToTheGroundMusic.com/ Premier Guitar Magazine
“Matthew Szlachetka is a major talent who is starting to shake things up and garner some well-deserved attention, and there is no better example of that than Waits For A Storm To Find; this one is a keeper”- Hittin’ The Note Magazine
“Szlachetka’s new solo work has a tight, full-band, rock/ Americana glow with lyrics that bare his heart and soul… And a polished sound that film/ TV music supes will love”- Music Connection Magazine
“His songs find themselves more of a home in the hands of a singer/songwriter than a band…Listening to Waits for a Storm to Find is the best support going for Matthew Szlachetka’s decision to make this a solo outing”- The Alternate Root
“Matthew is a good singer and songwriter… His new record is solid, well-produced and put together, with good instrumentation and selection”- AmericanaUK
A fresh singer-songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fanbase, artist Jamie Kent’s future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern artists like Ray Lamontagne and Amos Lee as well as paying tribute to classic greats like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, Kent’s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good. Since the release of his debut LP in 2011, the singer-songwriter has been collaborating with his band, Jamie Kent & The Options, to cultivate a sound with a strong folk rock and Americana influence. Kent has no fear of hard work, playing over 200 shows a year including tours with Huey Lewis & The News, America, Foreigner, The Wood Brothers, Marc Broussard, Ellis Paul, and multiple showcases at the South By Southwest Music Festival. Kent is supported by The Collective, an amazing grassroots group of fans who help advise and fund his career in exchange for access to exclusive music, merchandise, and vote in the major decisions he makes. He’s officially endorsed by BOSE and Telefunken Microphones, and his song “Changes” was used by The Boston Red Sox. Additionally, he’s a recent recipient of an ASCAP Plus award for his songwriting, receives radio play on SiriusXM, and has been frequently featured on RollingStone.com.
Jeff’s onstage experiences have taken him to coast to coast countless times and have found him have found him sharing the stage with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, opening for multi-platinum selling, multi-Grammy-winning band Train and performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. Selected as the winner of Guitar Center’s National Singer Songwriter 2 Competition out of over 13,000 entrants in 2013, Jeff Campbell released “In Spite of Everything”, a 5 song EP produced by six time Grammy Winning Producer John Shanks, later that year. The EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock EPs and Singles Charts. On the In Spite of Everything EP, Michael Canter of Jivewired.com said, “…not since Elliot Smith have I heard similar music sound this accomplished. His 2 wistful and soulful vocals make this album immediate and relevant”.
As the San Francisco buzzes around them, indie alt-rock artist Megan Slankard and her band sweat through the final tasks involved in a brand-new album project. With the help of Nashville producer Alex Wong (Vienna Teng, Delta Rae), Megan and her band are creating an edgy, spirited rock record, full of raw, sometimes sassy, often dark emotion: the sunny, exuberant singer-songwriter’s new album is her Dorian Gray picture from the attic. The album, entitled Running on Machinery, will be released April 2015.
Megan has also toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Some of her adventures include opening for Jamie Cullum at a sold-out Fillmore, playing electric guitar on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live as part of the Jeff Campbell Band, singing the National Anthem to a crowd of 45,000 Giants baseball fans, performing duets with Pat Monahan of Train, and touring with Dire Straits co-founder David Knopfler through Europe.