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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 23nd, 2008

  • Folk Rising™ 2007 Folk Album of the Year goes to Gasoline Rattle by Mat d.

Contact: Folk Rising Music Productions, LLC, kap@folkrising.com , (605-363-5018)

Folk Rising™ Music Productions, LLC (Folk Rising)'s 2007 Folk Album of the year goes to Gasoline Rattle by Mat d., singer / songwriter from Sioux City, IA. Gary Kappenman, A&R for Folk Rising, suggested that this new solo album from Mat d. "combines the best of old acoustic roots / folk / country blues music with leading edge Americana blues and a hard driving gospel flavor to produce Folk Rising's pick for this year's top folk album. Our favorite lyric from the album is ' Baby, this train is still bound for glory, despite all of our rambling ways' from the Bound for Glory track offering hope of redemption in the depths of despair ".

Mat d. won the Friends of Traditional Music (FOTM)'s Sioux River Folk Festival campground contest last summer at Newton Hills in Canton, SD and will be performing at this year's Sioux River Folk Festival on August 1 - 3rd. Two of the tracks from this album, "Bound for Glory" and "Dead in New Orleans", were the top rated songs on the Open Mic portion of Folk Alley's Internet radio site (www.folkalley.com/openmic/) when the album was released in December of 2007 and have continued to be the top played and top rated songs in January of 2008.

BluesBunny (www.bluesbunny.com), a U.K. independent music review group, wrote this about Mat's new CD: " The troubadour. The singer of the songs. The storyteller. Stories of the grit and grime of life glamorized in the way that only poets manage. Poetry set to music as epitomized by Lee Hazelwood, Kris Kristofferson or John Prine. Songs that mean something to you and not just after that fifth beer. This album from Mat D (aka Mathew DeRiso, front man from Bluesbunny favorites Mat D and the Profane Saints) provides some fine additions to the canon of country - and indeed popular - songs. There are songs on this album that will (or at least should if there is any justice in this world) become standards. Writing songs that can touch people's souls is no easy task and it is certainly no guarantee of commercial success but we raise our glass to Mat D as we think of our 'Sweet Louise'. "

Jim Pipkin of HickoryWind.org, who picked Gasoline Rattle as one of the top 4 CD's of 2007, wrote " Mat's songs are funny, crusty, dirty glimpses into an America out beyond the strip malls. The subjects of his songs flash by like memories of a road trip, with recurring themes of faith, cynicism, and finding what love the world throws at us."

For additional information or to hear clips from Mat's new CD please visit www.myspace.com/matderiso. To purchase a copy of the new Gasoline Rattle CD please visit http://cdbaby.com/cd/matd2.

The goal of Folk Rising™ Productions, LLC ( http://www.folkrising.com/ ) is to help develop Sioux Falls, SD into a center for regional professional and amateur folk/roots/Americana musicians to gain exposure for their material and to continue their development through listening to and playing with a variety of other musicians.

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