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Nathanson Comes Alive

Matt Nathanson back to his roots...with a band.

We first met Matt Nathanson earlier this year and had so much fun that we had to talk to him again when he played his hometown gig in Boston. This was not the usual Nathanson show though as he is now touring with a full band, not just his trusty sidekick Matt Fish. With his live shows burning up the Internet, and a critically acclaimed set at this year's South By Southwest Fest (SXSW) in Texas, there is definitly a buzz around Nathanson with his major-label debut already on the shelves. I had the chance to sit down with Matt before his co-headlining show with Sister Hazel. Listen* as Matt talks about the SXSW festival, his sudden status as a sex symbol, and where he was when he heard the awful news of the untimely demise of Creed.

1. You spent the day with a contest winner at the Boston Virgin Mega-store...howd that go? Did you help steer the winner away from the bad stuff?
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2. So let's get right to the chase here, where were you when you heard the news that Creed was no more?
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3. So why a full band now? Are the sellout shouts coming in yet?
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4. There was a post on your site from someone who was heckling you at your show in NJ recently...did this really happen?
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5. There has been some confusion as to whether you will be playing the boston show with O.A.R. & Howie Day...so are you or aren't you?
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6. Through the magic of the Internet, I was able to track down a copy of your last CD, Still Waiting For Spring. Tell me about "Loud" and who the woman singing on it is?
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7. So how was your time off recently, are you sad to see Matt Fish gone the way of marriage?
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8. Is it different when you are touring with family as you are right now, being in your original homeotwn?
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9. So how was SXSW? I heard you rocked the festival.
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10. Were you able to check out any other sets at SXSW?
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11. VH-1 is putting together a show where they match current artists with their influences, John Mayer & Paul Simon are the first show. Who would you play with, although I am pretty sure of the answer already.
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12. Is it tough to put together a setlist, especially now with the full band?
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13. A lot of your songs tend to deal with spurned love, is it weird being an international sex symbol now?
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14. Rollergirl, a frequent poster on your site, wants to know when you are going to learn the rest of the classic "Sweet Home Alabama."
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15. What other summer plans you got...you going to check out the mega Van Halen tour this summer?
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I want to thank Matt for taking the time to talk with me, and hopefully he enjoyed the new Van Halen track I was able to play for him that night. As you can hear, he was pretty damn excited about it. Keep your eye up for when Matt comes to your town, as the cat is always touring.

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