CROSS-POLLINATION CCLXV - TUES NOV 24TH - 7:30-10 PM
RICHARD PERSO
MATT CRANSTOUN

Richard Perso, an Australian singer/songwriter from Yackandandah in North-East Victoria is a multi-instrumentalist who single-handedly redefines the phrase "one-man band." Sitting on a stomp box with a drum pedal under his left foot and a tambourine under his right, Perso strums on one of his many guitars and sings in his low-range bluesy voice into one of his two vocal microphones. All of Perso's guitars have two pick-ups, one of which runs directly into an effects pedal that Perso controls with his feet when he is not busy controlling the drum pedal or tambourine. All of Perso's music is created live on stage without any backing tracks and on top of all this intense musical action, his trademark is adding in some notes played on one of his three didgeridoos.

Quickly becoming one of the most popular musical acts at many recent festivals and performances in Australia, Perso has found himself outranking many of the headline performers. Recently at the Mt. Beauty Music Festival, the singer/songwriter was ranked by festival-goers in the top three acts, even outscoring Collard Greens and Gravy, one of Australia

With a voice familiar to the classic soul and R&B singers he loves so much Matt Cranstoun's words are a mixture of light and dark, and mostly autobiographical. His songs mix an eclectic array of simple feels in soul, funk, and even folk. His hope is that the emotion that inspired the music comes across to the listener, leaving something to relate to.

"Playing is my only real therapy. Even if one person is listening, then for that little bit -everything seems to make sense and feel good..." he says.

Matt formed his original band, Stonewater Groove in late 2001. After a few years of touring throughout the tri-state area of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, he parted ways with the group and moved to New York City in early 2005. It's here where his writing matured and he found redirection.

Although there's been an abundance of collections of sporadic recordings, Matt is and has always been self-supportive. This, in other words, means broke. Recording is expensive and unfortunately a full-length record hasn't been affordable yet. There was Stonewater Groove's EP release entitled Wouldn't We All, in 2002 which included live versions of "Left Again (Good as Dead)", "Daylight", and "Fire" and sold pretty well during the band's history. In early 2006 Matt released his own EP, Somebody Save Me, complete with a newly formed band of talented players. It featured "Front Porch Swing", the ballad "Cry No More" and "Still in Search" and has received good feedback.

"Matt Cranstoun has one of the most soulful voices I have ever heard. He is a one take kind of a singer which is rare in this protocols era we live in..." Walt MeCleary, owner of the Ground Hog Studio, where Matt began recording. Matt recently began work on a new project to be titled Three Years, only time will tell how many tracks it will have, etc, etc... but new music is always on the way.

Currently, Matt books shows with and without his band which consists of Eric Haltmeier on keys and sax, Matt Fitz-Henry on Bass, Eric Lindbergh on lead & auxiliary guitars, and Cliff Ramsay on drums. The intimate acoustic shows and full band shows differ in impact, so whether it's your mood to listen closely or dance along, one thing is for certain, the music is genuine and won't disappoint.

LISTEN TO RICHARD PERSO LISTEN TO MATT CRANSTOUN
CROSS-POLLINATION CCLXV ::: Tuesday, NOV 24TH
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - RICHARD PERSO | myspace.com/richardperso
8:45 - MATT CRANSTOUN | myspace.com/mattcranstoun
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft RICHARD PERSO & MATT CRANSTOUN!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero