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Matt Mays On World Cafe

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    Matt Mays on World Cafe Juno Award winner Matt Mays has been on the road for nearly two decades, wowing audiences with his amazing rock growl. He’s got a new record, called Once Upon a Hell of a Time, and this Fall, he'll release an acoustic version of the album, called Twice Upon a Hell of a Time. We'll hear both styles in a live studio performance today. And Matt shares stories from his career with host Talia Schlanger, from surfing Canada’s east coast in Winter, to playing Toronto's legendary Horseshoe Tavern. On the next World Cafe.
Leave it to Mays to infuse a daytime studio visit with the spirit of a super sweaty, late night at your favorite dive bar.
Leave it to Matt Mays to infuse a daytime studio visit with the spirit of a super sweaty, late night at your favorite dive bar. Mays performs big rock songs from his latest album Once Upon a Hell of a Time featuring the sound of three simultaneous guitars and one heck of a growl. Mays credits Melissa Cross' "The Zen of Screaming" with saving his vocal life. Mays also delivers an acoustic performance of his song "Ola Volo," a song named for the inventive and intriguing artist who inspired the tune. It's a preview of what's to come on Mays' upcoming album, Twice Upon a Hell of a Time, which will re-imagine and strip down the songs from Once Upon a Hell of a Time.

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