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Matt Wertz - 9/30/19Monday, September 30 2019 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
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Matt Wertz - 9/30/19
at City Winery Boston
Yes, it has been three years since hislast full-length release, but when you take his relentless touring schedule, abreakup with his major label, a new deal with Nettwerk and the trials and tribulations of life into account, the ever-so-charming singer-songwriter gets a pass. In fact, it’s these experiences that have helped shaped the inspired songs onWertz’s new album,WEIGHTS &WINGS, and by that rationale, it was worth every bit ofthe wait.The Missouri native’s fourth album was named beforeany of its songs were written, and the concept ofWeights & Wingsnot only acted as acompass for the project, but also helped guideWertzpersonally, as well.“I got the title from a daily meditation book thatI read,” he explains. “It’s the idea that the heavythings in life and the transcendent times areboth equally important in propelling us on and through life. There have been a lot of hard days in thepast couple of years, and it’s reassuringto know that they’ll be put to use, that they’re imperative to my life, and that I need them to balance out the other end.”All of the songs onWertz’snew album are tied to relationships, and each trackdelves into what the singer has learned about himself andothers during that last few years. More than ever,the reflective songwriter has his heart on his sleeve, andWeights & Wingsis the very incar-nation of that lifeline.The album’s theme is best represented in “Everything Will Be Alright,” which was written byWertzand his friendBen Rectorin the euphoriaof a beautiful spring day.Wertzsays the song is about getting lost over-thinking things, but by moving past what might be, situationsend upworking themselves out. “There’s a great Mark Twainquote, which says, ‘I am an old man and have knowna great many troubles but most ofthem never happened.’” he says. “If there were a subtitle or some kind of tag to the song, that wouldsum it up.”“Family” began as a song for his sister who was going through a difficult time, but through the courseof the writing cycle,Wertzrealized hecouldn’t fix everything. “I guess the irony in me writing that song for my sister was that it ended upbeing for me,” he reveals. “More times thannot, songs do that. You think they’re about one thing and they turn out to be about something else.”“Running Back to You” is perhaps the album’s most stunning track, featuring a grand chorus that grabshold of heartstrings and never lets go.Despite what has happened in the relationship,Wertzsings about returning to the person who grounds him. The song was co-written byRec-torand features background vocals byDave Barnes.Of course,Weights & Wingswouldn’t be complete without a classic love song. “Feels So Right” is an up-tempo track on whichWertzsingsabout the anticipation and excitement of telling awoman he loves her for the very first time. It is yet another example ofWertz’ssimple, yetacute songwriting ability.This year,Wertzwill head back on the road to reconnect with his fans and share the songs he’s worked so hard on. Hishope is that listenerswill be able to identify with his music, and find a“windows down, sing along at the top of your lungs” quality about the album, too.“It’s like I made a gift for someone,” he muses. “Icreated this scrapbook for someone, and I’ve savedall these memories and things I’ve puttogether. I’m going to give it to them for their birthday...I’m excited, but the real joy is seeing themopen that gift