“an artist to be reckoned with.” All Music Guide
Matt Turk is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world, both as a hard-rocking bandleader and an acoustic folk troubadour. Matt's new recording American Preservation, highlights the latter, as well as showcasing his growing reputation as a stellar re-interpreter of classic tunes. The new record is a collection of traditional standards and well-loved classics, produced by David Dobkin and Dan Pinnella. Recorded live at Matter Music in Burbank California, American Preservation is further evidence of Turk’s true musical craftsmanship. With an inspired track list ranging from Roy Acuff to Pink Floyd, and from Taj Mahal to T. Rex, Turk’s singing is both confident and relaxed, his mandolin, lap steel, and guitar playing crisp and rollicking. Turk’s studio band includes drummer Dean Butterworth, bassist Chris Wagner, Chris Joyner on piano and Wurlitzer, vocalist Gaby Moreno, fiddler Gary Star, saxophonist Tracy Wannamae , Jack Rudy on harmonica and Dan Pinnella on guitars, pedal steel, dobro and slide.
Comfortable as a charismatic collaborator, Matt has recently been showcasing his creativity with fellow Hudson Valley singer-songwriter Fred Gillen, Jr. Performing as Gillen & Turk, the duo soon gained national recognition when they were featured in an AP article on New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority's Music Under New York series. In May 2008 Gillen & Turk released the well-received CD Backs to the Wall and spent part of the year touring nationally to support the record. In the summer of 2008, Gillen & Turk were featured on the television show NYC Soundtracks, on the MSG network.
In February of 2008, Turk released the music video "The Fog of War." Filmed in various locations around the Hudson Valley and New York City, the video features Turk with his special guest, the legendary Pete Seeger. Acoustic Live's Richard Cuccaro calls "The Fog of War" "a remarkable video."
Turk has also lent his considerable musical chops to movie soundtracks. His cover of the seasonal classic "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" appeared on the soundtrack to the 2007 Warner Bros. film "Fred Claus." Turk provided lead vocals, mandolin, lap steel and acoustic guitar on the track. In 2006, his original song “Bette Says” appeared on the television show “Love Monkey”. He has also recorded music for the History Channel and other television, cable and internet stations. Turk is President of Tribes Hill and artist-in-residence at Manhattan’s Congregation B’nai Jeshurun and Westhab’s Coachmen Family Shelter.