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Matt Burke’s New Small Town Lament “Roses”

Matt Burke is a singer/songwriter originally from a small town in Central Florida. However, he’s done his share of roaming over the past decade. He moved north for a while, living first in South Bend Indiana, then on to Michigan and Chicago. Eventually he ended up back in his hometown. 

He spent a few years there as a working musician, fronting his own Matt Burke Band. In 2018 an undiagnosed illness claimed the life of his lifelong friend and bandmate, Leona Ellis. That tragedy and the limiting reality of small town life prompted Burke to disband the group and relocate to Nashville as a solo artist in 2019.

Now entering his second year in Music City, the singer is marking the occasion with a brand new song. “Roses” is the latest single from Matt Burke, released worldwide to all major music streaming services on February 5, 2021. The track is a classic Country barstool lament. The downtempo Honky Tonk waltz features a cool and organic mix of bass, drums, acoustic and steel guitars. Meanwhile, Burke delivers his tale in an easy and soulful Southern tenor.

Inspired by the sense of stagnancy he felt while still back at home in Florida, the song finds the protagonist trying in vain to convince an old acquaintance that life is going great. It’s not. And when he sings, “I still drive by that old High School and get drunk at the same bars downtown,” it is clear that the person he is really trying to convince is himself. And it is not working.

Check out “Roses,” below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Follow the links below to connect with Matt Burke and get in the know on all that he has planned for the future.


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Matt Burke on the Deep Indie playlists

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