Mat D and the Profane Saints
"It’s a crying shame that the world at large isn’t familiar with these guys yet. It’s time for that to change. Country, Americana, Southern rock, call it what you want to call it. I’ll just call it badass." Fred Phillips somethingelsereviews.com
Known as the "Hemingway of the Highway" to his fans, singer-songwriter Mathew deRiso has performed with band mates Kurt Mullins and Jeff Deignan as Mat D and the Profane Saints since 2006. The band has made a name for itself performing all original material ranging from Blues, Rock and Country that critics have hailed as "A Young Steve Earle with a more powerful set of Pipes" and "Hard Luck Americana" The band's 2014 album Holyoke was released to international critical acclaim and remained on Amazon.com's Top 20 Hot New Releases in Roots Rock and Alt. Country for six weeks.
The group's latest album The Mercy Road was released in August 2016. It earned the band two Album of the Year nods - Best Album of 2016 from The Troubadour Show in Europe and Best Americana/Southern Rock Album from Riot on the Set Radio in the US.
Jim Pipkin, an independent contributor to No Depression and Hickory Wind.org writes - "I've been in and around music and the business of music, since the early 1970's. In all that time I've heard a lot of bad music, a lot of good music but very little GREAT music. This is GREAT music; well written, well played, solidly produced...from beginning to end the finest example of Americana Rockabilly I have ever heard... It stacks up with Haggard, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and kicks the liver out of most major label attempts in this genre"