Here is a great Western Mass musician come home. Songwriter and guitarist, Matt Szlachetka, hails from Longmeadow originally and has enjoyed great success since moving to Los Angeles and forming The Northstar Session. We welcome him back to his old stomping ground in this must see show!

You may recognize their music from film and TV, or their recent live performance on NBCʼs Parenthood this Fall (Season 2; Ep. 2). Most recently called a “combination of CSNY and Ryan Adams,” The Northstar Session “displays vocal harmonies so tight, youʼll swear theyʼre pre-recorded.”

“The Northstar Session has the best combination of Wilco’s neo-country glow, and Travis’ earnest optimism,” says LA’s Music Connection Magazine. According to The Santa Barbara Independent, “Whoever said catchy, straightforward pop-
rock couldn’t be artfully done, clearly has not heard The Northstar Session.” And Matt Malley, founding member of the rock band Counting Crow’s, calls this Southern-California rock band, “brilliant” and “thrilling!”

Originally the artistic outlet of songwriter and guitarist, Matt Szlachetka (Longmeadow, MA) as early as 2004, The Northstar Session didn’t become the band you hear today until Szlachetka moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and met up with drummer/ songwriter, Kane McGee (Los Angeles, CA), and keyboardist/songwriter, Dave Basaraba (Portland, OR). Since then, the 3 have written and recorded
2 EP’s and a full-length record — with another album due out in Feb. 2011. A prolific song-writing team, they tour tirelessly both acoustic and as a full electric rock band, translating their songs seamlessly for any size audience.

Influenced heavily by the rock and roll sound that was emanating from Hollywood and the surrounding areas in the 1960’s and 1970’s, The Northstar Session chose to pay homage to many of these bands by recording 2 of their releases in
studios in historic Laurel Canyon. This “Laurel Canyon Experience” is obvious in their music, and is often reminiscent of styles you’ve heard before — pop melodies with creative harmonies and countermelodies that harken back to bands like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young, The Beach Boys, Delaney and Bonnie, Little Feat, and countless others.

To Be Continued… (2007 EP)
New Prehistoric Times (2008 CD)
Winter Collection (2010 EP)
Late Bloomer (*Forthcoming 2011 CD)

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