Artist to Watch: Austin Singer-Songwriter Matt Kreutz

Austin, Texas native, Matt Kreutz is an emerging singer-songwriter to have on your radar. Austin locals might already know the Matt Kreutz Band from performances at The Saxon Pub and The Townsend, but he has more music and upcoming events on the horizon.

Kreutz knew as early as 6 years old that he wanted to be a performer. Inspired by watching his parents perform music really set the tone for who he wanted to become. With a father skilled in the piano and trumpet and two parents singing in the choir, he was destined to follow in their footsteps. But for Kreutz, he was drawn to the guitar and the art of songwriting.

After releasing his first song at the young age of 23, Kreutz has built a name for himself performing in his beloved hometown of Austin. Kreutz's music has been inspired by some of his favorite artists including incredible performers like Lord Huron, George Strait, Band of Horses, Tame Impala, Mozart and Bob Marley.

His most recent EP, Marfa Lights, was inspired after spending time living in the tiny West Texas desert town with his girlfriend.

"The environment and scenery out there is so magical," Kreutz explained to Wide Open Country. "High desert country. I wanted to convey those feelings in my songs for the EP."

Anyone who has seen the Marfa Lights knows that it feels like there's something otherworldly in that town. No doubt there was plenty of inspiration to be found during Kreutz's time out in the desert.

Kreutz has been busy with his songs in preparation for the new EP as well as preparing for a tour this summer. For the songwriter, he approaches his music by first focusing on a chord progression and following that with words and a melody. Be sure to look out for performances around town and take a listen to Marfa Lights.

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Artist to Watch: Austin Singer-Songwriter Matt Kreutz