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Acoustic Revival: Matt Turk Creates Warm Tones on Cold Revival

Magazine article Guitar Player

Acoustic Revival: Matt Turk Creates Warm Tones on Cold Revival

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ON HIS LATEST RELEASE, COLD REVIVAL, Matt Turk expertly weaves track after track of acoustic guitar and mandolin into a folk-rock fabric where they can stand on their own or sit comfortably side by side with electric guitars, lap-steel, keys, and vocals. The album's opener, "Cracked Egg," is a perfect example of the former.

"On 'Cracked Egg' I'm playing mandolin, acoustic guitar, and singing," says Turk. "Ideally, a mandolin sounds best with an acoustic guitar. Each instrument occupies its own frequency so it's not competing with any others, and because we're not doubling--doubling fills up a lot of space--it's not competing with itself. The amazing thing about acoustic instruments is that when you combine them, they meld together and create sounds that become like their own distinct instrument."

Unlike many folkies, Turk is at home writing on acoustic or electric, and he appreciates the two for the different vibes that they bring. "A Telecaster through a small amp with reverb, like my Fender Blues Jr., can give a certain tone that can be very supportive to an emotional mood when I'm writing," he explains. "I like hitting notes on the electric to define melodies. There's also a power the electric gives while writing because you don't have to strum. The acoustic guitar has more nuance and subtlety. It's a warmer experience. There's a 1950 Gibson J-50 acoustic around the house that I love to write on. That guitar reeks of color, feels so good, and sometimes leads me to where the song needs to go. I usually start without using a pick on both electric and acoustic. …

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