Matt Campbell is an American troubadour, the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ernest Tubb. That is to say, as a songwriter and performer Campbell covers considerableground. Part poet, politician, and provocateur, he is a familiar and timeless presence. Perhaps he wears a suit or pearl buttons, boots and a hat. He almost always wears a hat, and offers a handshake. And a smile. With vivid lyrical imagery and melodies he sings songs that raise questions, songs that give thanks, songs that stir up long forgotten and fleeting memories. Across the guitar strings, his fingers like a frieght train, or a feather bed. And a voice like no one else. Remarkably, his own. Too convincing to be classic. He’ll want to know who you are and where you’re from. To hear a good joke or debate the issue of the day. Or quietly raise a glass to your hospitality, for listening. With a “thank you” and a “see you next time,” off he goes, to count the miles until he does it again. Up and out with sun. Boots and a hat. Almost always a hat. And a smile.