About Matthew Ballard
Time is Matthew’s first studio release. Recorded at Ramble Creek Studio in Austin, TX, and under the production of Britton Beisenherz, the CD includes 11 songs written by Matthew. The songs touch on multiple musical genres including alt-country, folk, bluegrass, and traditional country. The CD is loaded with some of the best musicians in the business – Cindy Cashdollar (steel, dobro), Matt Powell (electric guitar), Eleanor Whitmore (fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals), Rick Ramirez (upright bass) Shawn Jones (bass/guitar), and Paul Pearcy (drums). From the first track on the CD, Wrapped Up in You, the listener gets a good idea of Matthew’s approach to songwriting – simple structures that create vivid pictures. The listener can hear the combination of Matthew’s own musical style with that of his influences. He put together very strong productions on the tracks Will You Fall, Take Me Home, and Am to Blame…personal lyrics, great hooks, and solid melodies. Matthew recounts a troubling scene that he saw take place a couple of years ago in the song Fatigues. As he does in a lot of his writings, he wrote from the perspective that others are often not willing to dig deep enough to find. Right Train, Wrong Track and The Last Cowboy are solid country performances (featuring Cindy Cashdollar on steel) and reflect Matthew’s traditional country influences. Her Dreams and Wrapped up in You feature strong vocals by Matthew with driving melodies by Eleanor Whitmore on fiddle. The stellar blues guitar of Matt Powell, haunting harmonies and fiddle, and melancholy lyrics on One Line at a Time create an air of hurt and loneliness. Time, the album’s title track, is a testament of Matthew’s life recounting tough times but eventually “finding the gold you hope to find”. From the first note, it is readily apparent that Matthew put his heart and soul into this production.