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TD Bank Lobby Series: Matt Borrello ft. Grain Thief

Thursday, August 11, 2022
Show | 7:30pm
$15

This series showcases local and regional musicians in a relaxed and intimate setting. The lobby is transformed into a 70-seat showcase lounge. 

About the Artist

Matt Borrello is a New England singer-songwriter and guitarist with an extensive repertoire of folk, country, blues, and rock music. Matt began writing songs as a teenager in the small town of Dighton, MA, and soon started playing at local open mics and blues jams. He has now performed up and down the East coast, with occasional travels to LA, Nashville, and the UK. Currently a fixture in the Boston scene, Borrello’s shows range from a quiet coffeehouse solo act to a full tilt rock and roll band. He can also be seen in tribute shows for acts like Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. Matt released his first album “Don’t Turn Around” in 2010 and his second “A Dollar & A Kiss” in 2015, with a third “Lonesome Valley” on the way in 2022.  

Check out Matt’s interview in our summer issue!

https://spirecenter.org/SpireCenterMagazine/5-2022/

 

Grain Thief

There’s something about a record cut by a bunch of folks that have put as many miles on their fretboards of their instruments as they’ve put on the van’s odometer. Gasoline is Boston, MA quintet Grain Thief’s first release since 2018’s Stardust Lodge. While that release explored the boundaries of Americana, the new record showcases the group’s core as a roots string band. It’s a musical snapshot of the band’s true live sound. Climb on in, turn the key, and give ‘er some gas. I promise you’ll be in for a lovely ride.

There’s no room to fake it when it’s just the band, acoustic instruments, and a microphone. Patrick Mulroy (guitar, vocals), Zach Meyer (mandolin, vocals), Michael Harmon (bass, vocals), Tom Farrell (resonator guitar), and Alex Barstow (fiddle) have grown as individual musicians, and Grain Thief has grown as a cohesive musical unit. Gasoline is a more refined and polished work than the band’s prior releases. “We made a conscious choice to narrow our focus and create an album that was more cohesive and reflective of our live performance” says Harmon.

Grain Thief has toured the north, south, east, and west of the U.S., playing stages large and small. They have graced the stages at the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival, Hempfest, Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Thomas Point Bluegrass Festival, Ossipee Valley Music Festival, UMS Music Festival, and Rockygrass, among others. ‘Gasoline’ reached #8 on the AMA Bubblin’ up chart, #81 on the AMA/CDX chart, #25 on the NACC Folk Chart, and #7 on the weekly top Americana Country chart. Their previous record, ‘Stardust Lodge,’ reached #17 on the Folk DJ Radio Album Chart, #4 on the Roots Music Report Folk Album Chart, and #1 on the Roots Music Report Traditional Folk Album Chart.