NEW ALBUM: KENTUCKY BLUESTAR
I just completed my 5th record (2nd straight Bluegrass record). I was joined by an All-Star collection of the world's finest pickers. The recording sessions were done the week of January 25th @ County Q Studio - https://www.countyq.com/
I wrote 10 new songs for this session. As always, I have entrusted my great friend and partner Jonathan Yudkin
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Yudkin) to produce the sessions.
15 years going strong! Marty Slayton (George Strait) and Kim Parent (Brooks and Dunn) joined me for background vocals.
The 5th record is all Bluegrass and the follow-up to Marty Falle "Virgin on the Bluegrass". Marty Falle "Kentucky Bluestar" includes the following:
The Band -
Marty Falle - Lead and BG Vocals, Guitar - https://www.martyfallemusic.com/
Michael Bub - Acoustic Bass -
Rob Ikes - Dobro -
Matt Menefee – Banjo –
Jonathan Yudkin– Fiddle/ Madolin
The Album Cover was created by Disney artist - TJ Matousek
Tom Matousek is a self-taught, award winning artist in Northern California. He started off as a muralist, a career that was launched from painting murals in his home for his four-year-old daughter in 2000. His meteoric rise as a prominent mural painter soon landed his artwork in the homes of professional athletes, high-end restaurants, and at Oracle Park, home of three-time World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants. These commissions soon drew the eye of San Francisco's world renowned theater district, where Tom designed theater sets that ultimately led him, in 2010, to win a Shellie Award, the East Bay's version of the Tony's.
All the while, Tom Matousek continued to experiment with portraits on canvas, using abstract shapes to define his artistic voice even further. It was during this explorative period that Tom began to compose faces using sharp, geometric forms. Although this style, at first glance, appears to be about the individual shapes and colors, it is more about light value, and how that causes the human eye to manipulate the shapes and colors involuntarily in order to find a cohesive form.
This breakthrough in form and style led Tom to be named the artist in residence for the DDR Corporation which sent him to various cities around the country to create community art projects based on his style. In 2013 and 2014 he was featured at the world's largest chalk festival in Pasadena, CA. And shortly after that, at Art Basel in Miami where BMW used his event to unveil their new i8 concept car.
In 2014 Tom was invited to participate in an art fundraiser for the Ryman Arts foundation in Hollywood. Herb Ryman, who the foundation is named for, created the original drawings of Disneyland for Walt Disney so that Walt could get his loan to build his renowned theme park. Subsequently, in 2016, Tom was signed as an officially licensed Disney artist (disneyfineart.com). He is also a licensed Chuck Jones Galleries artist (Looney Toons).
In 2018, heads of the senate and house of representatives, along with the Frederick Douglass Foundation, launched a bicentennial celebration honoring the birth of Mr. Douglass. Matousek's portrait of Frederick Douglass was used as the official logo for this celebration.
Tom has been invited to speak at Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto, CA and has taught workshops at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. He has been featured in multiple publications, including Art World News and Diablo Magazine.
Media Coverage -
Writer - Vickie McIntyre personally attended the tracking sessions and is available for freelance to share the experience. https://vickiemcintyre.com/