Matthew Everett exclusive interview!
You’ll be playing two separate shows at AS220 in March. Solo, with Allysen Callery and the Killdevils, and then as part of the Everett Brothers Moving Company, with the Cannibal Ramblers. What’s the difference between the two?
Oh, a big difference! So, my solo stuff is almost all original….I do a few covers like, let’s see, XTC, and…I can’t even remember what all. So it’s mostly originals, it will be ALL originals since it’s AS220. The Everett Brothers do one song that I’ve written and the rest is written by my brother Paul. He comes in with a total vocal arrangement and I try to figure out a backing for it that’s most effective. I’m a little more influenced by British Isles Folk like Nick Drake, Richard Thompson, that kind of jazz, whereas my brother has a myriad of influences and we end up sounding like a cross between Elvis Presley and Tony Bennett. There’s sort of a countrified rockin’ quality but there’s also a crooner sort of thing, I think, as a function of us getting older.
You’ve aluded to the fact that you’re a veteran of the local music scene, the AS220 scene, how did you get started down this path?