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New Music in 2018


Mat D and the profane Saints are entering the studio in July 2018 to record new music.  Stay tuned for new songs in 2018.


Thank you for your continued support.

Mat D and the profane Saints to perform LIVE at Bigs Bar in Sioux Falls


Mark your calendars!  Friday March 23 - Mat D and the profane Saints will perform at Bigs Bar in Sioux Falls South Dakota with guests Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds.  Tickets are on sale NOW at Bigs Bar. direct from the band or online through eventbrite.  Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 day of the show.  The band plans on debuting a few new songs they've been working on in rehearsals gearing up for some new recordings in 2018.


Stay tuned and see you at the show!



New solo gigs added to the 2018 performance calendar


Mat D will perform March 24 and April 21 at Crash! Boom! Bang! Whiskey Hole in Sioux City Iowa.  Mat will perform originals and a few covers.  Percussionist Jeff Deignan will sit it at 10:30pm for an energetic acoustic set featuring selections from the Profane Saints discography.  Be there!

Ickey Nickel / Sioux City gig CANCELLED


Mat D and the Profane Saints have CANCELLED their gig in Sioux City scheduled for this weekend.  Our apologies to friends and fans.

Mat D and the Profane Saints to appear LIVE September 8 in Sioux City Iowa


Very pleased to announce that Mat D and the Profane Saints will appear live at the ICKEY NICKEL in Sioux City Iowa on Friday September 8 from 6-8pm.


Visit our calendar for more gig updates.

End of the Road to Vegas for the Profane Saints


Thanks to all of our fans and friends for their support.   Our Road to Vegas ended in the final four.  Congrats to both finalists for advancing.  As always - thanks to the wonderful staff and crew at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.





The Road to Vegas 2 - Final Four TOMORROW


Tomorrow night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City, IA - we get our chance to earn a slot in the final round of the Road to Vegas 2 Battle of the Bands vs DAD. Thanks to all of our fans and friends that have and are traveling from out of town to make this show- we could not have gotten this far without all of your support. Grateful for the kind comments and support of our fans now and always. Hope to see our crowd and our supporters in full attendance tomorrow evening. We need you to make some noise....we need you to be heard.

All the best to the men in Devour Once Dead - specifically Cody and Jason - congrats to them for making it this far as well - a very talented group of guys doing great original metal music - we couldn't be more honored to share the stage with them. It's going to be one hell of a show...

We hope to see you there. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet...make sure you do!!!


Mat, Kurt, Jeff and Barry - The Profane Saints

Mat D and the Profane Saints make the Final Four in the Road to Vegas 2 Battle of the Bands


We are THRILLED to announce that we have made the FINAL FOUR in the Road to Vegas 2 Battle of the Bands at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City, Iowa. Join us THURSDAY MAY 4th for the Semi-Final Round at the Anthem. We cannot do this without our dedicated fans in the audience!

Shouts to Lil' Red and the Medicated Moose, Canadian Stranger and the Ruralists who did a marvelous job performing with us in the Battle so far.  Looking forward to performing again.  Very grateful for the support and positive feedback from everyone.

Mat D and the Profane Saints to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City Iowa




That's right.




Mat D and the Profane Saints will perform Thursday March 16 as a part of the Road to Vegas 2 Battle of the Bands at the Hard Rock Hotel and casino in Sioux City Iowa.  The Profane Saints will face off against two other bands in the first round of the competition.

Get your tickets now for what is shaping up to be a great evening of live music!!! 




Thank you to Bigs Bar in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


A huge thank you to everyone who made it out to Bigs Bar in Sioux Falls on January 14.  Special thanks to the great staff, Bridget Boen for kicking of the show, Miki Slecta and Jennifer deRiso for running merchandise, Mike on our street team for helping us promote the show and most importantly all of our fantastic friends and fans who made it a success.

This is a new beginning for us.  It was a pleasure to have our newest member Barry Hodges onstage with us for the first time as well as performing some older material we haven't revisited in nearly ten years.  We hope to be back at Bigs in the future and tank you all again for your outstanding support.

New video / live performance of The Last Broken Hymn


Special  thanks to the White Wall Sessions for making this possible.







New music from The Mercy Road featured on the Americana Rock Mix Podcast


Many thanks to Von at the Americana Rock Mix for including us on the latest podcast.

Episode 307 also features music by Arliss Nancy, Lydia Loveless and the Avett Brothers, Lonely Avenue and 35th and Taylor


You can listen to the episode at the link below


Pre-Order the new album "The Mercy Road" on iTunes and


You can now pre-order the new album on iTunes and 

Visit the links below to to secure your download of The Mercy Road -

Pre-Order the album on iTunes

Pre-Order the Album on

Mat D interview featured in the Sioux City Journal's Weekender


Mat D was interviewed by the Sioux City Journal - the interview covers the release of the new album "The Mercy Road" it's songs, production and overall feel of the CD.


Much appreciation to the Sioux City Journal for the article.


Read the article here

The Mercy Road NOW AVAILABLE on CD!!!


You can now purchase our new album on CD warehouse direct. We ship anywhere in the world with a variety of shipping options to fit any budget. Purchase the new CD at the link below...THANK YOU for your support!

Mat D and the Profane Saints to release new album "The Mercy Road" August 23


On the heels of their critically acclaimed 2014 release "Holyoke" singer-songwriter Mathew deRiso, guitarist Kurt Mullins and percussionist Jeff Deignan are pleased to announce the release of their brand new album "The Mercy Road" The new album is a departure from the group's Alt Country and Americana Roots to a decidedly more modern, hard rock direction. The album features seven brand new tracks from the Profane Saints including the album's title track "The Mercy Road" and lead single "The Angel of the Lost Highway" with two solo/acoustic tracks titled "The Road to Glitterville" and "The Last Broken Hymn" 2016 marks the tenth year for the group with plans to perform regionally in the Midwest once the album is released.

Production complete on "The Mercy Road" - Release Date TBA


We are very happy to announce that we have completed production and mixing on our new album "The Mercy Road" - We will announce a release date as soon as mastering is complete.


We are very excited to share it with all of you very soon.  Thanks for your continued support.

New album titled "The Mercy Road" nears completion


The new album "The Mercy Road" is nearing completion.  The album will feature 8 brand new songs from the band and two acoustic tracks.  You can hear a few previews from the studio at to hear what we've been working on.  We will announce a release date as soon as the album is mixed and mastered.

Fun facts about Mat D that you probably never even wondered about, let alone wanted to ask...


Birthdate: February 22, 1970-something

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Current Location: somewhere between Sioux City, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Ambitions: Songwriting, Recording, Love as a verb, Fatherhood, Travels down Route 66, Happiness

Turn Offs: Smelly feet, Man-hands and Cats

Turn-Ons: Passion, Honesty, Faithfullness, Kindness and Intelligence.

Dream Gig: Las Vegas, Nevada

Favorite Lyric:"I sat there at the table, and I acted real naive, but I knew that topless lady had something up her sleeve"- John Prine

Craziest Person I know: I'd rather not say...I don't want to provoke them...but they are Bat Shit Crazy.

The Song I wish I wrote: Spanish Pipedream

5 People I'd like to Have Dinner With: John Prine, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemmingway, Jeff Bridges, David Lynch

My Favorite Concert Experience: John Prine and Iris DeMent

Favorite Song I've written myself: Motel City Limits - a song that became a personal prophecy. My most vulnerable and revealing work.

New Song from "The Mercy Road" sessions


The band is proud to release the final preview of our upcoming album "The Mercy Road" on 


"Doomsday Dove" is the final preview track from our sessions - we are about 75% done with tracking of the new album and are excited for you to hear this one!  Not a lot of twang present on this record...we are putting the emphasis on rock this time around.  We hope you dig what you hear!!!


Hear it for yourself and download the new single here.

New Song, FREE Download from the Profane Saints


If you've been hungry for some new music from the band - your wait is over! We've released a preview from the studio titled Angel of the Lost Highway from our upcoming album The Mercy Road to be released in 2015. Download and listen to Angel of the Lost Highway at and  

Mat D and Kurt Mullins contribute to "Christmas in the Sioux" CD Compilation


Mat D and Kurt Mullins contributed the original tune "Christmas Caravan" to the recently released Christmas in the Sioux Compilation CD.  All sales of the CD benefit Toys for Tots and the Children's Museum of Siouxland.  You can purchase your copy at Sioux City

Thanks to Travis Barnes for asking us to be a part of this album for charity. Happy Holidays from The Profane Saints.

Download 2009's "Dirt Town City Limits" for FREE now until Halloween!


Download our 2009 album "Dirt Town City Limits"  FREE until October 31 on

 New music coming soon!  This is just to get you warmed up!  If you know someone who you think would like our music please share the link with them!

"Holyoke" featured on the white wall sessions television show


Thank you to the white wall sessions for featuring Mat and Co. once again on their syndicated television program.  On Saturday October 18, the band's song "Holyoke" was aired alongside songs from other talented artists from Sioux Falls, SD and the region.



Goodbye Sioux City! The Profane Saints Relocate to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2015


Our gig at Toddy's Tap was our last Sioux City show save the chance of one per year - more than likely when we release an album from here on out. Our vocalist/songwriter Mat D will be relocating to Sioux Falls SD in 2015 and he is moving our headquarters to Sioux Falls as well. Thanks to all of the local venues that took a chance on us, hired us and helped us get to where we are today. Most of all, thank you to the Sioux City fans that have remained faithful to the group from album to album. We appreciate your support. It's time for us to branch out into larger markets and see what we can do with our music. If the opportunity is right you will see us within the city limits - Mat will still appear solo from time to time after the first of the year. Until then...We wish you well Sioux City.

Mat D and the Profane Saints Live at Jazzfest 2014 to be heard on South Dakota Public Radio!


Mat d and the Profane Saints' performance at the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Fest 2014 will be broadcast on South Dakota Public Radio at 11pm, Saturday September 27 on the "No Cover No Minimum" Radio show!  Thanks to SDPB for including us on the program!  Listen online at

Summer of 2014 and a new album on the Horizon!


It's been a Spring and Summer of big changes and great opportunities for Mat and company!  Big thank you's to every venue and festival that was kind enough to bring the band on board in 2014! 

The group has begun work on a BRAND NEW full length album titled "The Mercy Road" that we hope to release on vinyl very soon!


More photos and updates coming soon!  Thanks for your support!

Thank you Flatlanders in Hawarden!


A big thank you to the good folks at Flatlanders in Hawarden Iowa for a great gig.  We will be returning to Hawarden Iowa this fall on Friday October 3!

Mat D and the Profane Saints announced as part of the 2014 Rocket Suzie Festival in Spencer Iowa


Mat D and the Profane Saints are pleased to announce that we will be performing at the 2nd annual Rocket Suzie music festival in Spencer Iowa on Saturday July 19 at 12:30pm.  The Festival is a 2 day event from July 18-19 and will feature The Pines, He's My Brother She's My Sister, Comfort Kings, King of the Tramps, Josh Davis & Will Locker, The High Crest, Saint Anyways, and David Mayfield Parade. 

Visit for more info.

Review of "Holyoke" aat


Fred  Phillips at Something Else Reviews was kind enough to write a few words about our latest album "Holyoke"

Read the Review here !


A BIG Thank you to Fred Phillips for his kind words.

Weekly Update - Thursday April 10


Here's your weekly update!

Holyoke remains on's Best Selling New Releases in Roots Rock

We are happy to announce that not only has "Holyoke" hit the number one slot  on's Best Selling New Releases in Roots Rock a few times since it's release, but it has stayed in the Top 20 selling New Releases for five weeks. Thank you to our wonderful fans for supporting our new album.  We could not have done this without your support!  Holyoke is garnering more attention, more Radio play and reaching a broader audience than we ever imagined.  Thank you all!

Mat D to release Broken Hymns and Ballads of the Roadhouse Shrine Volume 4

Mat D will release the fourth EP in the Broken Hymns and Ballads...acoustic EP series this Spring.  He had hioped to have it released in May, but looks like June will be the earliest it will be available due to some computer issues at the home studio a.k.a the Roadhouse Shrine.  The EP will be available for FREE download on and upon it's release, with Physical CDs sold via our website store. 

The Broken Hymns and Ballads of the Roadhouse Shrine series began in November 2012 and thousands of free albums have been downloaded since it's inception.  All of the volumes feature Mat on vocals and acoustic guitar with minimal overdubs.  The series will conclude with the Release of Volume 5 at the end of 2014.  Volumes 1 through 3 are available now.

NEW Profane Saints album announced

Yes.  No joke.

One of the nice things about taking 3 years to record an album is that it gives a guy a lot of time to write new music.  Mat D and the Profane Saints are happy to announce that we have begun pre-production on a new LP titled "Mercy Road" with the intentions of recording this one on the fast track for release in the near future.  The album will feature "Mercy Road", "Low Brow Burlesque", "Angel of the Lost Highway" and "Glitterville" from Broken Hymns acoustic series as well as never before heard brand new material.  We will keep you updated and post new sounds as they become available.  You won't have to wait so long for this one friends!  This one is going to be an all out rocker!


Upcoming Shows   April -May 2014

April 26 - Mat D at the Bear Coffehouse and Wine Bar   Spencer, Iowa

May 10 - Mat D and the Profane Saints at Flatlanders  - Hawarden Iowa

May 15 - Rails and Cocktails Fundraiser featuring Mat D - Sgt Bluff, IA

May 17 - Mat D at Old Skoolz - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

May 29 - Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray w/ Mat D and the Profane Saints Latitude 44 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota






Thank you to our Fans and Friends


There are so many friends and fans to thank over the past few weeks since the release of "Holyoke" - First- we'd like to thank Lance at Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls and Brent at Vangarde Arts Sioux City.  What those two men have accomplished that sets them apart from other venues is that they support a listening environment.   The audiences they attract come to listen to shows; not talk through them.  To have been able to have perform at both venues is an honor to us.

Next, I'd like to thank our wives, girlfriends and families for standing by us over the past few years.  It's tough to be gone from your spouses and children during sessions, rehearsals and gigs.  We thank them so very much for standing by us over the last three and a half years while we were trying to figure this record out!  We love you.

Last - we thank all of our fans for making Holyoke our BEST SELLING album in only three weeks time since it's release.  We have never moved more units in such a short period of time.  Thank you for supporting us and buying a shirt, CD or downloading a song.  Our success is because of good folks like you.

Blessings and peace to you all in 2014.  We'll see you on the road soon!

- Mat D

The song "Holyoke" is featured in this week's magazine


A big thank you to Duane Doobie and the staff of for mentioning our song "Holyoke" in this week's issue.


He writes:

"I saw lead singer Mat deRiso’s voice described as having “recently chased a Brillo pad with a double-shot of something off the bottom shelf at a rural route dive.” While that may be accurate, it’s really evidence his focus for these songs is the words and delivery – rather than his voice – in order to share with us the “beauty” that exists within the difficult days we all experience. Mat D is kind of a bad boy… but not in the popped collar, wallet chain that touches the floor, or even wearing his knickerbockers below the knee – type way. Instead, he sings about the lives of murders, thieves, and the hard living regular folks – which, according to Mat D., are not really that different. If you are looking for genericana – this is not it. Mat D and the Profane Saints tell it like it is and don’t hold anything back. If you are looking for some authenticity to add to your playlist – you should take a look at this track, this new album, or even this band generally."


You can read the enitre article here at Radio

Alt-Country Netherland's weighs in on Holyoke - Awrads 4 out of 5 stars!


Thanks to Hugo at for his review of our new album Dutch we might add! Four out of Five Stars!

Read the interview here (you may need to tranlate it through googleif you don't speak dutch!)  Fortunately we had friends in Orange City, Iowa that were fluent did the translation to English for us! 



Farce The's Review of Holyoke


Farce the Music has been hating on your favorite Pop Country bands for years now...

Thankfully they aren't hating on on Mat D and the Profane Saints' new album Holyoke!


Read their review here and visit them at

Holyoke hits #1 on Amazon.comc Bestselling songs in New Releases


We are so thankful to our fans for making Holyoke the #1 seller in Hot new releases on's Roots Rock charts! Not mention that we are currently at #2 AND #17 & #18 as of today's date!!! 

See for yourselves!


We could not have done this without your support.  THANK YOU!

Beat Surrender UK weighs in on Mat D and the Profane Saint's new album HOLYOKE


Simon at Beat Surrender UK was kind enough to share a few words about the new album

Read his review at the link below:


Much appreciation Simon Beat Surrender UK!

The Profane Saints make this month's edition of the Feel Bad for You Mix Tape...


Big thank you to @BoogieStudio22  (follow on twitter) for including us on this month's FEEL BAD FOR YOU MIXTAPE featuring other little known acts like the Rolling Stones and Neil Young (!)  Very cool!

Click the link above to listen and download this month's installment!




HOLYOKE is released March 4, 2014!


Holyoke is now available WORLDWIDE!  Purchase your copy through our online store on this website or through your preferred digital/online retailer. 

The album is available at record stores through Super D Distribution!


For those of you who pre-ordered - your packages are being sent immediately.  THANK YOU!



March 8 at Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls is SOLD OUT!


Our album release show at Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls is SOLD OUT!  If you were unable to obtain tickets for March 8 we have some GREAT news for you!  We will perform at Vangarde Arts in Sioux City, IA on Saturday March 22.  Tickets are the same price ($10) and Vangarde Arts is a very cool venue that displays local/regional Artwork and full service Bar.


THANK YOU to all the fans that got tickets for March 8...hope to see the rest of you March 22 in Sioux City!

Final Cut Radio gives Holyoke 10 out of 10 stars!!!


Chris Plain a.k.a "The Music God" on Final Cut Radio gave Holyoke a shining review recently - here's what Mr. Plain had to say:


Every once in a while, you discover an artist so amazing, you struggle putting into words just how much their music means to you. Mat D & The Profane Saints are one such artist. I discovered them last year while searching for new music on the website, Mat D had posted his music on there and I was instantly a fan upon hearing the first tune. His almost Tom Waits meets Steve Earle approach was brilliant. Since that time, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him, as well as interviewing him for my radio show.

With the release of the new record, featuring the full band, comes another chapter in this storyteller’s career. Holyoke is finally here and I was honored to receive an early copy. The album starts with the stark sounding “Half Mile Holler“, showcasing Mat’s vocals and haunting acoustic guitar. This song is songwriting in it’s purest and most potent form. Lyrically, Tom Waits would be proud to sing a tune like this. “Tin Can Soul” is an upbeat tune with thumping bassline and cool drums.

“Gambling, Girls, and Guns” is a song that I first seen in a video from CXCW that Mat posted on his facebook a number of months back. I knew immediately then that it had HIT written all over it. I’m happy that the band hasn’t tinkered much with that arrangement, adding only a slight bassline that works perfectly. “Carry Me To Canaan” is a song that is back with a new arrangement. It works, as well. “Roadhouse Shrine” also gets the full band treatment here with an update that really shines. the band lays a sort of Bryan Setzer/Chris Isaak vibe to it that I’d describe as Voodoo Americana. “Arcadia Town” also has that ‘Voodoo’ vibe to it. It’d be a damn fine tune for someone like Steve Earle or Dave Alvin to cover. The title track has a wicked bassline that really drives the song behind Mat’s vocals/lyrics.

“Aces In A Dead Man’s Hand” has a definite Southwestern feel to it. This is one of those late night driving tunes. “Eastbound Denver Train” is another tune that I could see as a late night driving tune. The album end with the haunting tune “Dirt Road To Hell.” It’s another tune that is showcased by Mat’s amazing vocals and a slight acoustic guitar before an amazing solo by Kurt Mullins takes the tune to a new level. I had extremely high expectations for this record and the band exceeded every single one of them. New bass player Shawn Blomberg is very good and fits into the band well. the band sounds as tight as any I’ve ever heard. They play like this might be the last chance they ever get to record a song. There’s not a bad note on this album, the lyrics are breathtaking, and the production is razor sharp. It sounds absolutely huge on my surround sound speakers.

Nashville could well take a note from this band. I’d put this up against anything that the Music City is pumping out right now. This will be another jewel in my record collection and I’d highly recommend that you make it a part of yours as well. Hell, get the whole collection from the band. Cuz honestly, if you can listen to this and NOT like it, I might have to rethink out friendship.

Rating : 10+ (only because I can’t rate it higher)

THANKS CJ Plain! Visit Music God Reviews at

FYACB's take on "Holyoke" by Mat D and the Profane Saints


Fuck Yeah Alt Country Boys was kind enough to say a few words about the new album!



An album by a guy whom I admire. He’s got an ability to craft a song and convey its message. Mat D and The Profane Saints new album “Holyoke” has been three years in the making. I’m glad it is with us and has seen the light of day finally.

I was really happy to see CXCW submission “Gambling, Girls & Guns” on this album. It has been a favorite since I saw the video last year. I feel that this song, while one of many, is a true testament to his storytelling and songwriting ability. The first song on the album, “Half Mile Holler”, is yet another example too.

"Sawmill Road" is a song that is worthy of radio play by local stations. It has the mass appeal that audiences would dig, without all the crap that seems to dominate the airwaves.

Another favorite track of mine is “Aces In A Dead Man’s Hand”. I spoken with Mat about some of his influences in the past, Tom Waits being one of them. Songs like this are tinged with that feel.

"Dirt Road To Hell" just plain and simple kicks ass. It is right up there with "Gambling, Girls and Guns" in my opinion.

The band recently added a new bass player to the mix and he sounds like he’s fitting in great.


Review of "Holyoke" by the Americana Rock Mix


Von over at the Americana Rock Mix was kind enough to write a RARE review, Here is what he had to say about the new album....


I’ll be honest, and I’ll keep this short and sweet. Obviously, if I find it worth my time and effort to write a review, you should be picking this up before you read any further. That being said, here’s my short review:

If you’ve been paying attention, prior to it’s release, Mat D has been sprinkling some of Holyoke‘s songs around for a little while. A couple acoustic tracks of “Roadhouse Shrine”, “Carry Me To Canaan” and the title track “Holyoke” (then titled “Hellbound In Holyoke”) can be found on Mat D’s solo EP, Broken Hymns And Ballads Of The Roadhouse Shrine, and the debut of “Gambling, Girls, & Guns” appeared at CXCW in 2013 . So, I’ve been eagerly waiting to hear the finished and refined studio versions of these songs. It’s amazing to hear a song for the first time in it’s primitive stage, and then watch it evolve into a powerful ensemble of twang and gruff. The “gruff” of course is coming from Mat D’s voice.

Admittedly, on Mat D’s solo efforts, his voice can be a little overbearing. That’s not a slight against Mat, because if you’re really listening to the songs, you can tell that it’s because of the passion that he puts into his music. Holyoke found a way to evenly mix Mat’s voice.

You still hear the passion, you still hear the gruff, except this time it’s evenly blended within the context of the music. As far as the quality of the songs, Mat D & The Profane Saints have always been top notch in their songwriting and craftsmanship of instrumental work. Kurt Mullins and Jeff Deignan (long time Profane Saints) and new bassist Shawn Blomberg know exactly how to compliment Mat’s ideas and then expound upon them. This is indeed their best effort to date. Things do improve with time and effort, and this album is a shining example of that.

Visit the Americana Rock Mix at

Pre-Orders have wrapped!


Thanks to everyone who pre-orderd the new album.  The CD is currently being mastered and those that did participate will be able to download the new album in a matter of days.  For those that were the first lucky few your appreciation packages will be mailed as soon as we have the CDs in hand to sign!


Thanks again!  We are very much looking forward to March 8!

New T-Shirts, Hoodies and Stickers Now Available!




Broken Hymns Volume 3 Released today...


Broken Hymns Volume 3 now available for FREE download at


That's right.  Follow the link below and you can download the Broken Hymns Volume 3 digital EP for FREE!  The physical CD will be released at Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls, SD on January 10, 2014.

You folks are AWESOME!


Because we have already reached our goal of 20 pre-orders in less than 24 hours, we are extending the FREE T-shirt deal to the first 30 pre-orders!  (A few spots left as of 12:40pm on December 17!)


I am so very grateful for your support and in awe of your generosity.  Thank you all so very much.

Pre-Orders for HOLYOKE have begun!


Pre-sales on our new album "Holyoke" have begun! YES! It's really happening!

After over two years of hard work in the studio we are in the final phase of releasing our follow up to 2009's Dirt Town City Limits.

The first 20 people who pre-order our new album will receive:

One FREE vintage "Profane Saints" T-shirt in a size desired. (S,M,L,XL,2XL)

FREE mystery items available ONLY to those who pre-order the album

A FREE digital download of the album PRIOR to the album's official release

One copy of the album "Holyoke" signed by the entire band.

A $45 value for only $10! Only available for the first 20 Orders!

All Pre-orders will receive:

FREE mystery items available ONLY to those who pre-order the album

A FREE digital download of the album PRIOR to the album's official release

One copy of the album "Holyoke" signed by the entire band.

A $25 value for only $10!

How does pre-ordering the new album help us? Pre-Orders will help us offset the costs of mastering and replicating the album. We assure you that regardless of how few or how many pre-orders we receive the album will be released worldwide on March 8, 2014. That said we greatly appreciate those that wish to hear the album before it sees the official light of day, and with your help it will lessen the financial burden which will enable us to travel, perform and tour in 2014 more extensively by helping us save money. If you wish to donate more we will graciously accept whatever you are willing to give however all we ask is that you pay $10. You need not send more and do not feel obligated to do so. Pre-orders will cease on February 14, 2014.

Your entire pre-order package will be shipped within 24 hours once the physical CDs are in hand and signed. You will receive an electronic confirmation once your shipment is in the mail. We want to assure you that we NO LONGER USE THIRD PARTY SHIPPERS. Much to our regret many of our customers in the past have received their merchandise late and we are still catching up on orders that were never filled and that we will never be compensated for. In that process we've issued refunds, lost money and lost the confidence of some of our fans. We refuse to let this happen again. Let us assure you that we will ship EVERY ORDER ourselves direct to you via ground United States Mail. If there are any questions regarding shipment we will issue a phone number and email for any concerns. Once we have the album mastered you will immediately receive a free download code prior to the arrival of your signed CD; essentially you will be listening to the new album before anyone else does!

Ready to pre-order your album? Here's how it's done...

1. Go to

2. click the "Send Money" tab

3. paste into the field "To"

4. Enter $10 for every CD you wish to order

5. Select "I'm paying for Goods and Services"

6. Click "Continue"

7. This will take you to another screen where you will review your purchase, add a shipping address, and finalize your transaction.

Remember - EVERY pre-sale gets you a FREE download of the entire album, so if you're ordering more than one you will receive additional unique download codes for every CD purchase. Thanks so much for your support and generosity!

Sioux Falls and Sioux City Album release shows announced


Two shows have been announced for the release of our new album "Holyoke" - The album will make it's debut at Old Skoolz on Saturday March 8 at Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls South Dakota.  Tickets are $10 in advance - our last show sold out at Old Skoolz in less than 5 days so make sure you get your ticvket as soon as they are available.


Our Sioux City album release show will be held at Vangarde Arts in Downtown Sioux City on Saturday March 22.  More info including show time and tickets to be annouced soon.


Hope to see you at one of the our album release shows!  More shows to be announced in the future as well as out of state tour dates.

Thank You Old Skoolz!


Thanks to all of the good folks at Old Skoolz and to the wonderful crowd for the SOLD OUT show on December 7th!  Can't wait to return on March 8 for the album release show!


Our December 7th Show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is SOLD OUT!


We are happy to announce that our December 7th Show at Old Skoolz has SOLD OUT!   If you were unable to get tickets you can see us back at Old Skoolz on Friday March 8th!   Thanks so much to our dedicated fans and friends!

Band news and the status of our upcoming album...


Our new bassist - Shawn - is working out beautifully. He is adding a new vibe to our band that I'm certain will help define our music in the near (and far) future. The album is in the process of being mixed now, and will sent out for mastering soon. I'm very excited for all of you to hear our new album and our new bassist. I'm certain that you will all agree that it was worth the wait... Thank you all very much for keeping the faith. See you all soon... Kurt Mullins - Guitarist for the Profane Saints!

Happy Halloween from Mat D and the Profane Saints!


Holyoke is complete!


You read that right- we have completed principle recording of all tracks on our latest album Holyoke.  After 2-1/2 years of rehearsal, recording, re-recording and hard work in the studio - Holyoke is now ready to see the light of day!  We will begin mixing and mastering what we have in the next week and have an official release date with new show announcements to follow thereafter. 

Thanks so much to everyone for your patience and hanging in there with us as a band to help us get this accomplished.  Kurt, Jeff, Shawn and myself can't wait to begin hitting the road soon!


All the best - we will keep you informed as to when and where Holyoke will be released and available.

Mat D and Kurt Mullins perform "Plank Road Drag" on the White Wall Sessions



FYACB's on Mat D's new EP "Broken Hymns Volume 2"


A Big Hell yeah and thank you to Fuck Yeah Alt Country Boys for their kind words about Broken Hymns Volume 2!


Check out the blog/review below!

Broken Hymns Volume 2 is available for digital download


New song preview from Mat D's upcoming acoustic EP


New Music- New Look!


With two new albums on the horizon and a new line-up it seemed fitting to clean a little house.  So here it is...our "new" official website with the theme of the new album taking over.  Lots has changed but we hope you dig the new site.   New logo, new sound, new blood!   Thanks for the support and have a look around the new Mat D and the Profane

Interview with FYACB



A big thank you to Fuck Yeah Alt Country Boys for taking the time to chat with Mat about the new album, the new line-up, songwriting and what the band has been up to!


Visit the site at the link below and follow them on tumblr.

Blister on the Cheek of a Dying Muse...


Matchstick at the ready to light the fuse...

Mat D and the Profane Saints welcome new member Shawn Blomberg on bass guitar


We are very pleased to announce that we have a new member in the Profane Saints. Shawn Blomberg, who has cut his chops in both the Indianapolis, Indiana and the Seattle, Washington music scenes is our new bass player. We began rehearsals tonight with the goal of returning to the stage very soon. It's a good day for the Saints!

The Profane Saints release "Carry Me to Canaan" - the first single from the new album


A new beginning for the band.


After a year's hiatus from shows, and diligent work on our new album, we are very happy to announce that we will tryout  a new bass player in a few weeks.  Our hope is that we can make an official announcement regarding a new member of the Profane Saints by the end of August.

A few more bass guitar tracks and a few more guitar solos followed by the last vocal sessions are all that remain.  We are very optimistic we will have this released this Fall.  With the strong prospect of a new bass guitarist - we will be getting the band ready to return to the stage - and return we will!

For all of the fans, friends, bloggers, DJs and other bands we've worked with out there - we want to thank you all sincerely for your kind comments, your enthusiasm and dedication to our music.  Kurt, Jeff and Mat are all certain that once you hear the new album you will feel it has been worth the wait!


Studio Update 7/31/13


Wrapped another lead vocal session and put the finishing touches on another song.  Mat's been out sick for the past few weeks, so other than a slight illness as a bump in the road to completing all vocal tracks we're moving ahead slowly but surely.  We wrapped the bluesy acoustic track "Starlight Caravan" and began working on "Eastbound Denver Train" and "Gambling Girls and Guns"

More updates next week!  Thanks for your support!

First track from the new album released - "Half Mile Holler" makes it's debut


The first song from our upcoming album Holyoke has been released! That's right - "Half Mile Holler", the opening track off the new album has been released! This raw mix debuted July 31 exclusively on It is currently available for free download. More new music to come folks! Getting very close to wrapping this monster! Thanks for your support.

Studio/Album Update


Wrapped three more songs last night in the studio. Roadhouse Shrine, Carry Me to Canaan and Holyoke are now complete with vocal sessions wrapped! That makes six songs out of eleven DONE! So close! We're returning to the studio next Wednesday to wrap more final vocal sessions and refine a few guitar/bass parts here and there. Glad to know this album will see the light of day very soon!

Studio Update 6/5/13


Returning to the Studio tonight - bass guitar and electric guitar tracking continues as we tackle Tin Can Soul's final solo tracks and guitar/bass work on the few songs remaining in the next few weeks. So far we have well over half of the album complete from an instrumentation standpoint!  We are looking forward to beginning final vocal tracks in the upcoming weeks of June.  Feels good to be getting this album wrapped up!  More updates coming soon!

Thanks to The Troubadour Radio Show on 105.9 FM Bishop in Europe!


Thanks to the Troubadour Radio show in Europe for the Airplay!  Much appreciation!  Please visit and support the show at the links below

Thanks to Final Cut / Back Roads Radio in Jackson Michigan


A big thank you to Chris Plain who was kind enough to invite Mat on air for his Back Roads Radio show out of Jackson Michigan last night.  Much appreciation for taking his valuable time to talk to us on air about things we've done and things to come.  You can hear Back Roads Radio show every Sunday from 7pm till Midnight EST at

Merciful 66 now available for FREE download at


That's right - Merciful 66 is now available at for FREE!  See for yourselves! 

Once again, tips appreciated but not expected!  Hope you enjoy!

Mat D to take part in the White Wall Sessions


Mat D will film a live performance with the brand new multi-media production titled the White Wall Sessions on June 12 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Mat will perform 4-5 original songs in an a live acoustic setting as well as taking part in a filmed interview for a future release date on the website.

To learn more about the White Wall Sessions visit!/TheWhiteWallSessions


Studio Update 5/19


Final sessions tonight until after Memorial Day - however Kurt has been turning out some great tracks on bass and guitar - we are happy to say that not only the Telecaster and Strat are present in the mix but the Les Paul has made an official appearance on the album and it SMOKES! Two songs complete this week with a couple more virtually complete on the horizon within the next few weeks. Mat has re-written and refined lyrics on a few key tracks with final vocal tracks coming up in early June! The sound so far is unbelievable...looking forward to everyone hearing the final results!

Studio/Album Update 5/15


This week Kurt put the finishing touches on "Roadhouse Shrine" and the "sacred and the justified" - both are virtually complete - we're also wrapping electric guitar on "Eastbound Denver Train" and "Dirt Road to Hell" - also coming up this week Kurt has been working on wrapping bass guitar for "Arcadia Town" with great results so far - can't wait for you all to hear the finished product. Now that the album is nearing instrumental completion Mat is rehearsing and refining vocal parts which will wrap the recording sessions. Lots of progress!!

Free Music...that's right...FREE!


You may think we're crazy, but Dirt Town City Limits, Plank Road Drag and Broken Hymns & Ballads of the Roadhouse Shrine are now available on for FREE.

Yes.  You read that right....FREE.

Why free?  Are there strings attached?  Do I have to sign my life away?

No.  Absolutely 100% free.

Why? We offering this music to anyone who wants to download it.   We've sold a ton of CDs and we continue to do so.  We're offering these albums for free because we need your help!  If you own any one of these albums and like what you hear - we ask that you tell five people about it and send them to to download as many albums as they like.  There's a "tip" feature where people can donate if they wish but there is no financial obligation - what we'd really appreciate is if you'd please  get the word out about our music and into as many hands/ears as possible.

We can't do this without YOU!  Visit and share the link below and enjoy!  THANKS!

Burning the Midnight Oil!


Bassist/Guitarist Kurt Mullins has been burning the Midnight Oil in the studio this week working up smoking guitar solos for "Dirt Road to Hell" and "Eastbound Denver Train"  - Can't wait for you all to hear this stuff...The Doctor is in!!!

Studio Notes 5/5/2013


Another big night in the studio! Jeff, Kurt and Mat spent the majority of the evening's session listening to re-recorded bass lines and guitar solos from the previous week as well recording the final scratch vocals for the acoustic track "The Sacred and the Justified" - Happy to say we are just a few songs away from laying down the final vocals and a few finishing touches before we begin mixing the new CD. Got to hand it to Kurt, his arrangements on bass and electric guitar are more than we had even begun to hope for. Lots of work ahead but the end result is finally in sight!

Thanks to the Double D Saloon


Thank you to the Double D Saloon in Brandon, South Dakota for inviting Mat to perform on May 4.  Mat's next live performance will be at the Strawbale Winery in Renner South Dakota May 23 and Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls, SD on May 24.

Pre-Orders for our New Album begin July 15


We are happy to announce that we will begin accepting pre-orders on our new album Holyoke beginning July 15, 2013.  Pre-orders will be accepted through a few internet platforms we are currently developing.  Those that Pre-Order the CD will also receive free, exclusive items only available to those that participate.  We are scheduled to release the album in Fall 2013.  More details coming soon.

Crazy night in the studio with Elmer and Bugs!


Work continued on the album tonight with Kurt recording new bass guitar and electric guitar tracks on Carry me to Canaan and Dirt Road to Hell, as well as Mat revisiting a few acoustic tracks to round things out.  On a funny note...Kurt's cat (we will call him  Elmer) caught a baby rabbit outdoors and brought him into the house, which had us all chasing poor little Bugs around the room until he was finally released back into the great outdoors!  It's never boring folks!

This week Kurt will be once again tackling bass lines and laying down guitar work.  Really happy with what we have so far and we are gearing up for a Fall 2013 release date.  We will, as always keep you posted!

Live Videos from a recent House Concert



A couple fan videos from a recent house concert on 4/20. Enjoy! Thanks to Mark Gerking for the clips!

Spring and Summer gig schedule begins this Saturday at Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls


Mat D's summer gig schedule finds him performing solo and "unplugged" with the band throughout April-August 2013.  This weekend the season kicks off at Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls including stops in the Iowa Lake region, Des Moines and various parts of South Dakota all summer long.

We're hoping to stage a few Profane Saints unplugged gigs this summer featuring Jeff, Kurt and Mat in an acoustic setting at a few of our gigs...we'll make announcements as soon as everything is locked in!  Thanks again for your support and stay in touch!

Studio Update - April 21


Happy to announce that all acoustic guitar tracks for the entire album have wrapped!  "Roadhouse Shrine" was the final song we tackled this evening in studio and the feeling is surreal!  Now that all percussion and acoustic guitar are complete, Kurt will begin recording and arranging bass guitar tracks before completing the remaining rhythm and lead electric guitar parts.  By no means will this be an easy task but we are so thrilled with the progress we've made on the album in the last 60 days that we are ready and kicking things into high gear to get this CD released!  A great feeling to know it's FINALLY getting done...

More updates in the next few weeks - we will take it song by song until we announce the CD release date! Thanks again for your unending support and enthusiasm for the new album.  It's going to be like nothing else we've released to date!

Back in the studio this week!


Congrats to Kurt Mullins for ripping it up at the Chesterfield in Sioux City last Saturday night at the semi-annual  Rage Reunion! 

We are back in the studio this week!  Kurt will be recording more bass guitar and electric guitar tracks with Mat wrapping up the final Acoustic tracks for the album (only 2 songs left to go and all acoustic guitar is DONE!)  As Kurt puts the finishing touches on lead guitar Mat will begin recording final vocal and background Vocal tracks...then?  IT WILL BE DONE!

Looking forward to getting you all further updates as they are available and more importantly getting this monster released!  Have a great week all!

All Drum and Percussion tracks are WRAPPED!


Very, very happy to report that we have finished ALL percussion tracks for Holyoke! Hats off once again to Jeff Deignan for his tireless work and wonderful arrangements for the album! Next on the list are Kurt's bass and electric guitar tracks, many of which are already complete! Won't be long good people and you will have a new album in your hands! Stay tuned!

Studio / Album Update 4-4-13


Work continues on our full length album (as always!)  Last night we wrapped final acoustic tracks on Carry Me to Canaan and we will be wrapping percussion and acoustic on Roadhouse Shrine this weekend - which will mean ALL BASIC TRACKS will be complete this week!  As soon as basic tracking is done Kurt Mullins will begin recording the final bass guitar, electric and lead guitar tracks.  Getting close fans!  Thanks for checking in!

Studio Update


Happy to announce that we wrap all percussion tracks this upcoming week - from there we refine and record fretless bass, electric guitar and final vocal tracks.  The results have been incredible to say the least and we are more excited than ever to return to the stage with a renewed vision and a new album!  More news to follow!  Thanks friends!

Thank You to the Hard Rock Sioux City


What a great honor it was for Mat to perform for the wonderful staff of the Hard Rock...the Iowa gambling and racing commission, those that served at the battery building and all that came out to the show to support Hard Rock Sioux City. Thanks so much for your kind words and support! Best of Luck to the Hard Rock Sioux City!!!

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We average about 3,000hits per day here on our official website - we'd like that to be the case on our facebook page!   Please join us on facebook for news about gigs, new music and more updates!

Another best of list...


Thanks to Boogie Studio 22 for including us on a best of list for this year's Couch By Couchwest!

News from the Studio 3/20/13


Studio Update....GREAT NEWS! We have only one song left of basic tracks!!! Got Acoustic Guitar wrapped on 9 out of 10 songs and vocal work on 3 tonight- Kurt Mullins declared this evening that we may have found our "Dark Horse Contender" in Dirt Road to Hell, which along with Arcadia Town was wrapped acoustic/vocal wise this evening. Thanks for the support - the progress we've made in the past four weeks has been nothing but astounding!

St. Patrick's Day Studio Update


Happy Saint Patrick's Day!   First of all a big thank you to the good folks at Indigo Palette for a cool Saturday evening solo gig!  Much appreciation to the friends in the crowd.

Studio Update - we wrapped acoustic guitar on Eastbound Denver Train and Arcaidia Town tonight, with Acoustic guitar and scratch vocals coming up mid-week for Dirt Road to Hell as well.  Only one song left and percussion tracks are complete!  The progress we've made in the past few weeks has been astounding and the album is really getting whipped into shape!   This is very exciting for the three of us as this has been a long, tough and trying road to get this far!  Completion of this album is FINALLY in sight!

Stay tuned for more studio updates! 

Couch By Couchwest 2013 features new live video by Mat D


We are thrilled to announce that Mat D has been featured on CXCW 2013!  Director Sam Burrish shot this video with Mat recently and it was submitted to Couch By Couchwest for their annual online festival...the video was featured as the last video of the day on March 14.  Thanks to CXCW, Sam Burrish and Baron Lane at for kicking Mat in the ass to get this thing submitted!



The song "Gambling, Girls and Guns" will be featured on the bands' upcoming album HOLYOKE.


Visit CXCW for other videos from great artits as well...

Another great night of percussion in the studio


Jeff wrapped two more tunes this week and the results were fantastic...Only three songs left of principle tracking and we are close to finishing this thing!  Next week Mat and Kurt will wrap up guitar and scratch vocals on Eastbound Denver Train and Dirt Road to Hell...really getting excited for you all to hear what we've been working on!

an update on "Holyoke"....


Continuing our work from last week - we've wrapped "Holyoke"as well as completing all guitar and bass parts on "Carry Me to Canaan" while still continuing percussion work on "Eastbound Denver Train." Next up for this week's session are "Roadhouse Shrine" and "Arcadia Town" - we've also opted to add one more track to the album for a total of 11.  The track listing so far:

Half Mile Holler, Tin Can Soul, Sawmill Road, Gambling Girls and Guns, Red Ball, Roadhouse Shrine, Carry Me to Canaan, Dirt Road to Hell, Holyoke, Arcadia Town and Eastbound Denver Train.

Stay Tuned for more news and thanks for your support.  After this week's sessions we are more than half done with principle tracking...We're getting close!

Session work continues...


Tonight we worked on Eastbound Denver Train and Carry Me to Canaan.  Mat laid down acoustic guitar and vocals with Kurt on 5 string bass guitar.  We are trying some new methods for percussion in the studio and so far we've had some great results!    Lots more to get done over the next few weeks!  Getting closer to getting this thing done every day!

Mat D does the Man in Black...



Mat D performing "Ring of Fire" at the Johnny Cash Tribute show at Vangarde Arts in Sioux City Iowa 2/27


Thanks to Mark Gerking for the video!

Thanks to Vangarde Arts Sioux City


Thanks to Vangarde Arts and the good folks who came out to support the musicians the participated in the Johnny Cash Tribute!  A good time was had by all!  Special thanks to everyone who stuck around for Mat's set!


Mat D featured on the latest episode of the Americana Rock Mix


A big thank you to Von at the Americana Rock Mix for including Mat D on his latest episode.

Visit Von's site and download the episode using the link below.

Merch deals and ongoing sales at


T-shirts, Koozies, CDs and more on sale at! All orders ship in 48 hours!

Two Johnny Cash tributes in one week...


February 24, Mat D will appear at he Last Stop CD Shop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at 3pm as a part of the Johnny Cash tribute in celebration of what would have been his 81st birthday. The Sioux Falls show is free and open to the public.   Mat D will then appear on Wednesday February 27 at Vangarde Arts in downtown Sioux City to perform as a part of the Sioux City tribute show starting at 8pm, there is a $5 cover at the door for the Sioux City show.

Out of Print titles from Mat D and the Profane Saints now available on CD for the first time since 2007


Thats right- we've found an extremely affordable CD manufacturer  that is bringing long out of print titles back to our fans- by popular demand "Small Town Burning"  "Gasoline Rattle" and "Brand New Faith" are now available on CD for the first time since 2007!    These albums are available as a thank you to all of our tried and true fans who were never able to get their hands on actual CDs of our older music of which very few hard copies were ever pressed.  In a few cases fewer than 300 copies exist of the original pressing.  

Each album ranges in price from $6 to $10 and we have a variety of shipping options to fit your budget.  Enjoy!

Click here to buy my CDs.

South Dakota Solo gigs added to the calendar!


Happy to announce that Mat D will be returning to the Strawbale Winery this spring and summer - we've added dates in May, June and July of 2013 to the calendar!  Strawbale Winery is an independent winery in Renner South Dakota that hosts a spring and summer long concert series on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons weekly.  Thanks to Don and company for inviting Mat back to perform!  Mat will kick off the season on Thursday May 23, return on Sunday June 23 and appear again on Thursday July 18.

"Ford Marriage" to be featured as a part of the Siouxland Film Festival at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City


We are pleased to announce that the video for Mat's song "Ford Marriage", directed by Sam Burrish of Sodhouse Creative has been selected to be featured in the Siouxland Film Festival at the Orpheum Theatre alongside 18 other films from local and international sources on Saturday February 23 at 2 and 7pm.

To purchase tickets in advance visit

Thank you South Dakota!


Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to The National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota and Old Skoolz for a great weekend of music!   Looking forward to seeing our friends and fans up north again soon.

Thanks to Icon Sioux Falls...


A big thank you to the good folks at Icon in downtown Sioux Falls for a great evening!  Much appreciation to the friends and fans that showed up in support of the first gig of 2013!

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from Mat D and the Profane Saints...we are celebrating our 7th year as a band!   Thanks to all of our friends and fans for their continued support!  Have a healthy and happy 2013!!!

Have you downloaded the Free EP?


That's right.  FREE.  Enter $0.00 and simply provide your email address to our mailing list and you'll have a free six song EP!

New 2013 Dates announced for January and February


New dates have been confirmed for January and February 2013!

Mat D will perform solo at Icon in  Downtown Sioux Falls South Dakota on Wednesday January 23 from 7-10pm.  This will be Mat's debut performance at Icon.  Mat will perform with guitarist Kurt Mullins on Friday February 1 at the National Music Museum on the campus of the University of South Dakota at Noon.  This free performance is a part of the brown bag lunch program which is a weekly event that features musicians of all styles weekly.   Mat will also perform that evening at Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls at 9pm.  Old Skoolz has become a favorite venue of Mat's and fans always seem to dig the intimate shows he's put on there over the past year.  Lots of new music to be performed at all of the dates mentioned.  Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you all in 2013!

Merry Christmas from Mat D and the Profane Saints

As a thank you to our fans and friends we are offering a discount of 50% off all sales at our bandcamp store until 1/1/2013 - EVERYTHING is 50% off! Just enter the discount code "santa" during check out! Merry Christmas from the Profane Saints! just follow the link to visit the store!
Again- just enter the promo code "santa" during check out for killer year end savings!  Thank you and a blessed holiday to you all.

Thank you to Vangarde Arts....


A big thank you to Vangarde Arts, Mike Langley, Mike June and Jon Dee Graham for a cool night of music.  Most of all thank you to all of the wonderful folks who came out to support an evening of  original independent music!!!

Mat d performs tonight in Sioux City as a part of the Jon Dee Graham and friends show


Mat D will take the stage at Vangarde Arts tonight  for a rare Sioux City solo performance with Jon Dee Graham, a three time inductee into the Texas Music Hall of Fame and accomplished performing songwriter from Austin, TX  Music begins at 6:00pm (doors open at 5)  Other musicians include Mike Langley and Mike June. They will be accepting donations for the Food Bank of Siouxland at the door.  The show is $10.00  

Hope to see you for a great night of original music!

Mat d and the Profane Saints up and selling on - and you won't believe the savings...


Gasoline Rattle, Merciful 66, Plank Road Drag and Dirt Town City Limits (not to mention the brand new FREE EP) are all on sale in digital format at our new favorite site ...all for under $7!!!

See for yourself!


Broken Hymns...You're a link away from the Free EP


Broken Hymns and Ballads of the Roadhous Shrine is waiting for you all at


That's right- the FREE six song EP is ready for download at

Visit the link to hear the new music  and download your copy today.  You may donate if you wish.


Thank you for your support!  Enjoy!

Mat D to open for Singer Songwriter Jon Dee Graham in Sioux City


Mat D is confirmed as a part of the Jon Dee Graham and friends show at Vangarde Arts in downtown Sioux City on Wednesday December 12.  Jon Dee Graham is a mainstay from the Continental Club in Austin, TX and an accomplished songwriter/performer.  More details coming soon.

The new EP..."Broken Hymns and Ballads of the Roadhouse Shrine"


We're pleased to announce the upcoming release of "Broken Hymns and Ballads of the Roadhouse Shrine" an EP featuring recordings from Mat D's home studio. Stripped down to acoustic guitar and vocals, "Broken Hymns..." is a collection of six new songs in a live/unplugged setting, similar to the sound of Mat's solo performances, showcasing alternate arrangements of songs included on the Profane Saints' upcoming album "Holyoke" as well as new, unreleased solo material. "I've enjoyed the work of established artists releasing recordings with nothing but an acoustic guitar and vocals; so when I started working on home demos I had the idea of simply releasing them with minimal instrumentation for fans to check out and enjoy as a sort of live B-side/acoustic sessions to show them what we're working on and the direction the new songs are headed." The album will be available in digital format as a free download to fans. "My plan is to fully develop most or all of these songs in the future, and seeing as three of them are already slated for release with the band my thought was to just put it out there for free to anyone who wanted them." The album is scheduled to drop in a matter of days, and will be available through multiple internet platforms or via direct email from the band's official website.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Wishing all of our family, friends and fans an enjoyable Thanksgiving 2012.  We are thankful for all of you who continue to support the band, our music and all good things to come, and we are forever in your debt.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Now booking solo performances in early 2013


Interested in booking Mat D?  We are currently booking solo shows for Winter/Spring 2013 in the Midwestern United States.  If you're interested in Mat performing at your venue, coffee house, bar or house concert contact us at and we'd be happy to make it happen! 

Holyoke sessions well underway...


We are deep into the Holyoke sessions!  Photos from the studio to follow with updates and previews on the way!  

Free Solo/Digital EP available for download in November


Mat D is wrapping final sessions on his self produced solo EP "Broken Hymns:Live at the Roadhouse Shrine" -the album will be available for FREE upon it's release in mid-November and will feature seven all acoustic tracks including stripped down versions of Roadhouse Shrine and Carry Me to Canaan to be included on the bands' upcoming album "Holyoke"  Inspired by Roger Alan Wade and Chris Knight, the digital album will feature Mat and his guitar from live sessions at his home studio.   We will announce the official release date in the next few days. 

Final performance of 2012...


Mat D will perform his final show of 2012 at Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls on November 16th.  Thanks to all of the venues that hosted us this year including but not limited to The Chesterfield, Fridays on the Promenade, the Sioux City Conservatory of Music, The Zoo Bar, The Sydney, Awesome Biker Nights, Rib Fest, the Strawbale Winery, Old Skoolz, Wileys, Bud's Bar, Boonies, Bracco Sioux Falls and Bracco Okoboji...Special thanks to Luke at Pepper Entertainment for going the extra mile, Brian Ross, Lindsey Rey and Big Daddy at Kool 99.5, Crash at B102.7, the Filter Kings, Showbaby and every other band and musician that helped us kick off a show or was gracious enough to have us open for them. Last and certainly not least in order to make every road trip a smooth one we need an awesome road crew and we have the best of the best...we'd like to thank Monty Girard and Kelley Fischer for all of their contributions of time and money to help make our shows as successful as possible, without them we could not have come as far as we have.  We look forward to seeing you all in 2013...a year we feel will be one of the best to come for the band.   

Next time you see us onstage...we'll be releasing our new album....STAYED TUNED!



We all love free music right?  Here's your chance to have a free download courtesy of Mat D and the Profane Saints.  Simply email us at and we'll mail you a new song currently in the works for our new album "Holyoke"...and there's more on the way!  No strings ploys.  FREE music.  Shoot us a line and it's yours!

Holyoke, the new album : A letter to our fans and supporters


In late 2011, as we came off of our first regional tour; Mat had two albums worth of material written for two distinct albums.  The first, titled “Roadhouse Shrine” was to feature the band, with the second project titled “Holyoke” to be a follow up to 2010’s “Plank Road Drag”  Ten demos were written for Holyoke with the thought that it would feature an extension of the same style of music featured on Plank Road Drag but with drums and percussion added into the mix.  As 2011 drew to a close, it became clear that during the first recording sessions that things weren’t proceeding as planned.  The music was changing.  Arrangements and songs were being tossed around  and progress came to a  screeching halt.  As our performance schedule began in the new year, it became clear that during the rehearsals the songs were taking on a life of their own, and plans for a solo album slowly but surely became plans for a Profane Saints record.  Songs were re-written, re-arranged, tossed to the side, resurrected and revamped between shows.  We had become a different band, the music had changed, the way we had played the songs had changed, unfortunately, the old recordings we’d been working on had not,  which led us to realize we needed to start from scratch.  We needed to do things better.  The music deserved it.  So after several rehearsals and a few  spirited and productive conversations it was decided that we needed to re-record everything.   Nothing we had recorded would work.  With 60-70% of the album complete we were going back to the beginning.  A hard decision, but a necessary one.  We started over.

 We are happy to report that we’ve updated and rebuilt our studio from the ground up.  The sounds we have are nothing less than impeccable and it will be well worth the extra effort in getting this thing complete.  We had  hoped to have something released by now and we thank all of you for your patience and understanding.  If this process has done anything it’s made us a better band with an indefinably new sound and new vision for the future…one thing is certain: You have never heard the Profane Saints sound like this.  Our arrangements, our playing and the songs have taken on a new life and are setting the bar for everything that is yet to come.  We can’t wait to release it, and are working hard to make it ready for all of our dedicated fans, for without you we would be nothing.  Thank you for your support.  When  Mat D and the Profane Saints hit the stage again, we will have a new album for sale.

 See you all soon.  We will keep you updated frequently and often.

 Mat D and the Profane Saints

 Mathew deRiso, Jeff Deignan, Kurt Mullins and Bob Birch

New solo recordings emerging on YouTube


There are three new live solo recordings rolling on YouTube that feature new music to be included on the upcoming album "Holyoke"    Roadhouse Shrine, Carry Me to Canaan and Sawmill Road are songs fans will recognize from our gigs this year.  Mat recorded these at home during a taped rehearsal session.  The songs will be available for free download shortly.  These are the first of more live/solo recordings to be released very soon as the Roadhouse Shrine EP.   


Roadhouse Shrine Live at the Sydney, Omaha Nebraska

We are hard at work, finishing up our long awaited follow up to 2009's Dirt Town City Limits and 2010's Plank Road the meantime check out this vid of a live performance of Roadhouse Shrine to appear on our upcoming album Holyoke.

Thanks to the Milwaukee Railroad Museum and Kool 99.5...


Once again, thanks to Big Daddy and Brian Ross at Kool 99.5 for having Mat perform live on the radio last week, and to the Milwaukee Railroad museum for so graciously allowing Mat to be a part of the first annual Rock n Rail festival.  We hope the whole band can be a part of this wonderful event next year which benefits Sioux City's Milwaukee Railroad shop and museum.

New Vids featuring Live performances of music from our upcoming album "Holyoke"


Here's your chance to preview some of the brand new music we have coming your way....check out our video channel at YouTube to hear some of the new music we've been working on!

Thanks for listening...

Thanks to the Filter Kings and The Sydney


Many thanks to everyone in Omaha for a great time.  It was wonderful  performing and meeting all of you at the fabulous Sydney in Benson. What a great venue!  We were honored to be there that night.  Special thanks to the Filter Kings and crew for inviting us down and once again a very happy birthday to vocalist/guitarist Lee.  We hope to see you all in Omaha again very soon.  Thanks for the love!

Omaha or Bust!


We perform Saturday August 25th at the Sydney in support of our friends the Filter Kings.  This will be one of our final shows for 2012 as we are returning to the studio to complete work on our upcoming album "Holyoke"  Music begins sometime around sure to stop down and wish vocalist Lee from the Filter Kings a very happy birthday!

Thanks to the Iron Pigs M/Cand the Tom Skaff Memorial Run!


A big thank you to the Iron Pigs M/C, Bruce at Boomstick, the Filter Kings and all of the wonderful folks who made it out to our final Sioux City show of 2012.  We helped raise money for Emma Rasmussen who is recovering from thyroid cancer.  It was an honor to perform for her benefit and the motorcycle club!  We will be back in Sioux City in 2013!

Final Sioux City show of 2012 happens August 18th at 4th and Water Streets...


The Profane Saints will perform for their final Sioux City show of 2012 this Saturday August 18th at the Tom Skaff Memorial Run celebration located at 4th and Water streets (by the Syd and Dalton's Pub)  We will be joined by our friends the Filter Kings of Omaha, Nebraska who will kick off the show at 6pm with Mat D and crew to follow at 8pm.  Bring the family for our last Sioux City appearance until we release our upcoming CD currently in the works.

Mat D to perform this weekend at the Sioux Empire Fair


Mat d will perform this Saturday at the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on the Front Porch Stage at 5pm.  This performance is free with your fair admission.  Mat will perform an all original set featuring brand new music from the bands' upcoming recordings.

Mat D solo in Okoboji, IA all weekend long...


Mat D will perform August 4th and 5th at Bracco located at the Bridges Bay Resort in Okoboji/Arnold's Park, IA on the Bracco beach stage.  Each performance will last three hours and there is no cover.  Saturday August 4th he performs from 7-10pm and Sunday August 5th he performs from 3pm-6pm.  Come on out for a great weekend in the Iowa lakes region!

Free Download from the Holyoke sessions available


Follow this link for a free download of an out-take from the Holyoke sessions...

The song "Room 316" is a B-side from the first collection of raw and demo recordings that we have compiled from the Holyoke sessions.  More music coming your way soon.  We will keep you posted!

Thanks to Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls


A big thank you to Lance and crew at Old Skoolz in Sioux Falls.  Old Skoolz is a "new" venue that caters to original and independent music- and Mat is so very grateful for their enthusiasm and support.  For a great selection of Wine and Beer (with Cajun cuisine coming soon!) be sure to stop out on a Friday or Saturday night for live entertainment featuring national and regional acts.

Mat D performs final solo gig in Sioux City for 2012


Thanks to Rick Swanson and Bruce V. for their help on the Lakeport Commons concert series.  The gig will serve as Mat's final solo appearance in Sioux City until 2013.   Mat and compnay will be returning to the studio to wrap recorded works and perform outside Sioux City in the foreseeable future.  Thanks so much to everyone who made it out.

Happy Independence Day!


For our fans in the United States...Happy Independence Day- and a sincere thank you to our troops for their hardwork and sacrifice!

"Roadhouse Shrine" Acoustic EP to be released as precursor to "Holyoke"


Mat D will release 7 new songs on "Roadhouse Shrine"...a stripped down acoustic EP featuring bare bones acoustic tracks from the upcoming Profane Saints album "Holyoke"  The band is needing extra time to finish and refine their new record, so we're releasing this to hold our dedicated fans over until the real deal is ready to release.  Five out of seven songs wrapped last night, and with only two left look for a digital release very soon!  Thanks for your patience fans...once again, we cannot do this without you!

Thanks to the Filter Kings


We would like to thank our friends the Filter Kings for joining us on a bunch of shows this summer, including Biker Nights, The Chesterfield(Sioux City) and Boonies in Sioux Falls.  It's been great times getting to know Lee, Josh, Chris and Todd, and we are looking forward to hitting the road with them in August once again!

Mat D fills in for missing headliner at Fridays on the Promenade


Thanks to Fridays on the Promenade for welcoming Mat D to the stage last Friday June 8 for an unexpected and unplanned gig.  Seems the headliner could not make it and thankfully Mat was able to fill in solo.  Thanks so much to the crowd for sticking around for an on the fly acoustic set.   It was great to perform in Sioux City.

Zoo Bar with the Filter Kings behind us, good things ahead


Thought we'd share a review and photo documentary of our show with the Filter Kings at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln, NE...Thanks to Tim Passmore for the great photos!

Gig Updates Spring Summer 2012


We haver a TON of great gigs planned in the Midwest this Spring and Summer.  Be sure to visit our website's calendar for solo and full band gigs- we have a few more festival announcements to make but we're pretty wrapped up till Sept 1.  We're happy to announce that we are playing quite a few shows with our brothers to the South the Filter be sure you catch at least one of our shows with them on the road this year!

New video of "Truck Stop at the End of the World" from the American Roadhouse Tour


Lyrics from "Holyoke" posted in the Music section.


Lyrics to the entire album "Holyoke" have been posted in the music section of the website.  Simply click on the title of the song to check them out.  Looking forward to releasing "Holyoke" very soon!

Mat D and the Profane Saints to be featured on South Dakota Public Broadcasting


We have been confirmed for an interview on Sept 13 for the On the Record program heard on South Dakota Public Radio on Sept 13.  We will update you as soon as we know the broadcast date.  Thanks to Matt at SDPR for this wonderful opportunity!

MISS MUDFLAP 2011 Pin up contest at our July 8 show


We'll be hosting the first annual MISS MUDFLAP 2011 pin-up contest at the Chesterfield on the evening of our Redneck Roots Rock Exorcism show.  Wear your best pin-up garb and get a chance to be crowned MISS MUDFLAP.  The winner gets a gift certificate to Doctor Johns, the House of Q and free swag!  Must be 21+ to enter and be present at 10pm for judging.

East Coast and Southwestern United States Tour Dates postponed


We are postponing our National American Roadhouse Tour plans for 2011 due to factors beyond our control.  We will inform you ASAP when we plan to resume touring in the Eastern and Southwestern United States.  We WILL see you soon, just not as soon as we'd hoped.

Thank you to all of our wonderful fans for their continued support.  Good things to come.

Live from the American Roadhouse Tour


Mat D and the Profane Saints slated to perform at the 2011 Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival


Breaking News!  Mat D and the Profane Saints are slated to headline the second stage on Thursday July 14 as a part of the 2011 Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival.  More info will be made available as we iron out the details of what should be a spectacular show!

New Photos and a blog post from the American Roadhouse Tour


Photos from our appearance in Mitchell, SD and a new blog have been posted.  Check em out!

Article about Mat D and the Profane Saints in the Mitchell Daily Republic


Thanks to Jennifer at the Mitchell Daily Republic for the article.


Note:  Correction.  Mat D WILL NOT be opening for Bucky Covington at Jazzfest.  He will open for him at the Whiskey Roadhouse Casino in Council Bluffs - May 26, 2011

The Mat D and the Profane Saints' Koozies have arrived!


What's better than a beverage?  A BAD ASS BEVERAGE!  Mat D and the Profane Saints are now offering Koozies in 4 profane colors- Lime, Pink, Orange and Blue.  The attack of the Neon Koozies has begun! 

To order your very own Koozie simply email with the subject line


We're selling them for $5 each and supplies are limited!

March 2011's FREE DOWNLOAD of the Month...


November 2007, in the studio...The band was at a crossroads, with the current members not really getting anywhere on the never released "Drive Thru Romance"- Mat D re-arranged the song "Dead in New Orleans" as an acoustic track on 2007's "Gasoline Rattle"....


This is the first version of what would later become "Dead in New Orleans" as we performed it from 2007-2008.  When Bob Birch was recruited and Kurt Mullins switched from bass to guitar, Kurt added some guitar tracks to this never before released song and it was shelved for the darker version that became the permanent arrangement found on "Dirt Town City Limits"- we never looked back until now!


Here you are- resurrected as March's FREE DOWNLOAD of the month...the never before released version of "Dead in New Orleans"   Click the link below to download...Enjoy!  We've come a long way in almost 4 years!

Confirmed American Roadhouse Tour Dates


Here are our confirmed dates so far.  For details please visit the Calendar section of our website.

March 2011

March 26 - TNT Sports Bar & Grill Norfolk NE

April 2011

April 1 - Signature's Mitchell, South Dakota

April 2 - Skelly's Pub Sioux Falls w/ PASQUE , South Dakota

April 8 - Ft. Randall Casino, South Dakota

April 9 - Sally O' Malley's Rapid City w/ Beerslingers, South Dakota

April 27 - Boonie's Bar w/ Wayne Hancock and Bob Wayne

May 2011

May 13 - Harrah's Live and Loud w/ Mezcal Bros. - Omaha, NE

May 14 - Tin Lizzy Tavern Fremont, NE

May 26 - Mat D solo w/ Bucky Covington Whiskey Roadhouse - Omaha, Ne

June 2011

June 3 - Rockin in the Summer w/ the Magnificent Board of Directors  Sioux City, IA

June 10 - The Star Bar w/ TBA Columbia Heights, MN

June 18 - Latitude 44 Sioux Falls, SD

June 24 - TBA  Announcement coming soon!

July 2011

July 8 - TBA Announcement coming soon!

July 14 - TBA Announcement coming soon!

July 24 - Mat D solo Strawbale Winery, Renner, South Dakota

August 2011

August 5 - TBA Announcement coming soon!

Sept 2011

September 17 - Double Headliner w/ the Filter Kings - The Chesterfield Sioux City, IA


More tour dates coming soon!

The American Roadhouse Blogspot


You may have noticed that our new blog made it's debut today.  The American Roadhouse Blog will be updated followig each show on tour and will be available on this site and No  We hope you enjoy the read as we take you all on the road with us posting photos, oddities and thoughts on the places, people and the experieinces we find on the road. 

February's FREE DOWNLOAD of the Month!


"Our Lady Wrecking Ball" - a raw Nebraska murder ballad from the Roadhouse Shrine Demo Sessions is now available for FREE DOWNLOAD at the Sixty!

Visit the link below to get this month's FREE DOWNLOAD!

Thank You Latitude 44!


Thanks to all of our friends, family and fans who showed up to a STANDING ROOM ONLY performance at Latitude 44 in Sioux Falls!  We had a great time returning to the stage and it felt great to see some out of town fans made it out to the show!  More great performances to come!

Thanks to the community of Kingsley IA and the Oehlerking Family


Thanks to the wonderful community who supported the benefit show we feel honored to have played.  Thanks to Premium Draft for kicking off the show and Charles Clark at Ultimate Entertainmaent for making us sound great.  All the best to the Oehlerking family.  Get well soon James!

January 2011's FREE DOWNLOAD of the Month


FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE MONTH! "Gasoline Rattle" was written 4 years ago but was never included on the album of the same name. I recently resurrected and revamped the song and we recorded it. It will be the first in a series of 12 raw/demo mixes from the studio we're giving away for FREE in 2010 (A Whole Album's Worth!) Enjoy! Let us know what you think!

Download the FREE song at using the link below.

Looking back at 2010 and looking forward


Happy New Year everyone!  Hope this update finds all of you in good health and good spirits.

2010 was a big year for the group.  We were fortunate enough to have shared the stage with David Allan Coe, John Hiatt ,Whitey Morgan and the 78's, the Giving Tree band and some very talented regional acts.  Mat's album "Plank Road Drag" out performed all of our releases to date,  it even earned a Best album of 2010 nod as well as being included on some best of 2010 lists (4 so far!)  Thanks to everyone who supported us last year.  We hope to see you very soon in 2011. lists Mat D's Plank Road Drag at number 1 of 2010 25 best albums!


See for yourselves!  Thanks so much to Baron at Twangnation for including us in very good company!

Plank Road Drags begins to make waves on some Best of 2010 lists


A few good bloggers have been kind enough to name Plank Road Drag as one of the best albums of 2010. 

Beat Surrender in the UK named the album #30 of 52 on their 52 week chart.  Read the blog here:

Too Old to Rock n Roll Too Young to Die named Palnk Road Drag one of the best of 2010 among good company including Mavis Staples, Joe Pug and the Steel drivers

Thank you bloggers!  Much appreciation!

Announcing our brand new product for 2011 - Our very own Pomade!


That's right...we're now manufacturing our own all natural pomade.  We'll begin with "Nails and Grease Plank Road Pomade" to be available at our 2011 shows/tour dates.  More info coming soon!

New Tour dates and announcements coming soon!


We're in the process of confirming 2011 Tour dates.  As soon as the details are ironed out and everything is confirmed we'll let you know!  Thanks for making 2010 our best year yet!

Farewell Sioux City!


Thanks to Everyone who made it out to the Farewell gig at Meet Virginia.  Mat will be taking a year off from the place he's called home to play parts unknown as of January 1, 2011.  Thanks for everything Sioux City, Iowa.  It's been a great six years of ups and downs.  Catch you sometime in the near future...!

New "Plank Road Drag" T-shirts are in!


New "Plank Road Drag" T-shirts are now available.  Sizes S,M,L,XL and XXL.  Black Print on Khaki.  Mail orders will be accepted via PayPal or Money Order.  Contact to order.

Thanks to John Hiatt and the Combo


Many thanks to John Hiatt and the Combo who rocked the Sioux Falls Orpheum.  Such an honor to open for such a mega-star/songwriter!  Great to meet so many new friends!  John is one of the most humble, friendly and accomadating artists we've worked with to date.  ALSO- a huge thank you to the crew and staff of the Orpheum as well as everyone at Jade Presents and the Collective Efforts Union for making Mat's appearance onstage possible!

New Lyrics from "Roadhouse Shrine" posted


About a half dozen lyrics from songs we're developing for Mat's next album "Roadhouse Shrine" have been posted in the lyrics section of the website.  Check em out!

Mat D to open for songwriting legend John Hiatt


We're pleased to announce that Mat D will open for John Hiatt at the Sioux Falls Orpheum on Tuesday Sept. 7.  To purchase tickets visit the link below!

Update August 2010


Thanks to every single one of you who helped support the band and our music in 2010. "Dirt Town City Limits" is still generating a fair amount of buzz in national and international Americana airwaves and we couldn't be more pleased with the response we've received so far. What has been even more surprising is the response to Mat’s latest album "Plank Road Drag" which has been tremendous to say the least. It means so much to us as a songwriters and performers to hear such positive feedback. Without the support of the roots music community's writers, bloggers, radio stations and reviewers it's continued success would not be possible. We'd like to thank Jim Pipkin, Baron Lane, Bryan Childs, Brian Ross, Sam Burrish and so many of you who have lent an ear and sounded off. Good or bad, I feel I have some of the most loyal and dedicated fans a performer could have. Without you good folks spreading the word and turning new listeners on to our music we'd be another indie group lost in the crowd. I appreciate you all to no end.

With that said, many of you I'm sure have heard that our bassist Bob Birch is having some health concerns and we've had to tentatively cancel the Profane Saints entire Fall 2010 performance schedule. Bob is such an integral part of the group and we wouldn't feel right performing without him. So while he's on the mend, Kurt, Jeff and I along with help from a few friends will be performing in support of "Plank Road Drag" with a focus on my solo material from the last few years. We're in the process of assembling a performance group known billed as ‘Mat D. (original, we know!) with the core of the band being Jeff on percussion, Kurt on five stringed fretless bass and Mat on guitar and vocals. As far as additional instruments; we'd like to include harmonica, pedal steel, mandolin, fiddle and banjo- emphasizing a raw, stripped back country-flavored style. Of course, some Profane Saints material will be present and the shows will still be high energy , but with different sound and focus. We have twelve songs prepared for the next Profane Saints album "Roadside Revival" which will be waiting on the shelf for Bob's return. In addition, Mat’s working on ten more tunes he’s written in the past two months in the vein of his more recent solo material preparing for the follow up to "Plank Road Drag" We are always writing, always working, always recording it seems...and we are far from finished.

Never fear- this is NOT the end for the Profane Saints. As soon as everyone in the band is at 100% we'll continue to perform, write and record. For now, we're excited to know that many of you are enjoying what you've heard and will continue to grow with us on our journey ahead. We've got a good amount of acoustic shows coming up, hope to see you all at a gig real soon.

All the best...(can I get a hell yeah?!)

Mat D and the Profane Saints

Plank Road Drag listed as a Top Album on Cd


Plank Road Drag was found on the coveted Top Albums lists in Country/Folk and Alt. Country on Cd so much to all of you who have and continue to support Mat, the band and their albums!  The Alt. Country link is below...see for yourselves!

Plank Road Drag now available through Limewire and Emusic



Emusic customers...purchase the album here....


Fan of Limewire...visit the link below!

Plank Road Drag listed in the top 10 Hot New Releases on!


See for yourself and listen to the album here!

In Alt. Country...

In Traditional Country...


Buy the album here...

"Ribbon of Dirt" featured on No


The Americana and Roots authority No Depression has featured the song Ribbon of Dirt from Mat's latest release Plank Road Drag on their homepage!  No Depression has been THE trusted source in Americana, Alt. Country and Roots music since it's inception in 1995.  A few years ago the magazine went digital and is now a thriving community of artists, writers, musicians and fans.

To see the track alongside artists like Patti Griffin, The Black Keys, Dave Alvin and Waylon Jennings (!) visit

Review of Plank Road Drag at snags a coveted spot on the Essential Listening list of 2010 has posted a review of Plank Road Drag...calling it "Odds on fave for my top 10 of the year, easily Essential Listening today."

visit to read the the entire review.

Wait til he hears the next Profane Saints' album...!

Plank Road Drag out of Stock at CD


We've already sold out of Plank Road Drag at CD new shipment of discs went oout today and should arrive their on Friday July 23. 

Review of Plank Road Drag at



Baron Lane of Twangnation wrote a review of Plank Road Drag.  To read the review visit the link below. (Damn!...even a potential album of the year nod!)

Plank Road Drag, stories and lyrics updated. Full tracks now streaming on Mat d and the Profane

Lyrics and song stories have been added to the tracks off of Mat's latest release "Plank Road Drag" in the music section of the website. Click the song title for storys about the songs and the lyrics as well. All tracks off of the album are now streaming 24/7. I f you wish to purchase the CD or digital album please visit

New Lyrics from "Roadside Revival" posted

The songs "Born Again..." and "The King is Dead" have been posted in the lyrics section. Both songs are currently being demo'd for the Roadside Revival sessions.

Plank Road Drag now on sale at

Visit the link to download the digital album!

Thank You...

Thanks to the small and enthusiastic group of people that gathered at the album release show in Sioux City Friday night. Big thanks to Kim and Co. at Meet Virginia for hosting the show.

Plank Road Drag now available for purchase worldwide at CD Baby!

Mat D.: Plank Road Drag
Visit the link!

Review of Plank Road Drag posted on the Beat Surrender music blog

Simon at Beat Surrender was kind enough to review Mat's latest album "Plank Road Drag" on the Beat Surrender music blog. Read the review here

Heard Mentality / Sioux City Journal interview with Mat D

Sam Burrish from the Sioux City Journal's Heard Mentality blog was kind enough to sit down with Mat D to discuss his latest solo release "Plank Road Drag" Read the interview on the Sioux City Journal website at the following link

Mat D featured on the Americana Rock Mix Podcast #78

"Resurrection Cadillac" and "Ford Marriage" from Mat's latest solo album Plank Road Drag were recently featured on the Americana Rock Mix Podcast #78 to listen and download the podcast vivit the following link

Review of Plank Road Drag at AltCountryForum, Netherlands

A Dutch review of the album Plank Road Drag was published on AltCountryForum in the Netherlands. Follow the link and use google translator to read the review in english.

Review of Plank Road Drag at

To read Jim Pipkin's review of Plank Road Drag visit the following link.

Thank you Awesome Biker Nights

We'd like to thank Awesome Biker Nights for allowing us to perform and everyone involved in helping our performance(s) on June 19. We'd also like to thank tried and true fans who came out in support of our appearance as well as so many new faces and people who were kind enough to meet us after the show.

Mat D to release solo album number 3 on July 16 in Sioux City

Root Cellar Productions is happy to announce that award winning singer-songwriter Mat D will release his new solo album "Plank Road Drag" on July 16 at Meet Virginia in Sioux City, Iowa.

Thanks to Jeff Henjes...

Just wanting to give credit where credit is due- Jeff took our sticker and made it so cool we put it on the splash page for awhile. Thanks Man! You're a good reminder that we have some of the coolest fans ever!

Welcome back Be-Bob and Upcoming Gigs...

First off - we're very pleased to announce that Bob Birch has decided to return to the Profane Saints on the bass guitar helm...a f ew gigs here and there will have to be rescheduled, but we are very happy to have Bob back. More gigs! June 11 - Harrisburg at the fabulous Phoenix Lounge...that's right- we've rescheduled and will be in Harrisburg on June 11! Hope to see our new and true South Dakota fans there! ALSO- we're happy to announce that we will be performing at Awesome Biker Nights on June 19 on the Center Stage at 8pm in Downtown Sioux City. Mat will then open for the great Filter Kings from Omaha on June 26 at the Chesterfield...(The Saints were originally lined up to headline the show but scheduling would not permit us to play the show as a full band) Big thanks to the Filter Kings for being able to take over the date.

Farewell to Bassist Bill Harstad

Bassist Bill Harstad has taken leave of the Profane Saints. We wish Bill the very best in his personal and musical future. He will be missed.

Mat d's "Gasoline Rattle" now out of print

Sold the last copies of "Gasoline Rattle" on hand last week in Sioux Falls. The digital album will remain on sale at CD, iTunes and a slew of other digital music stores online. This fan favorite has long stood as Mat's best selling album and was awarded Folk Rising's album of the year 2007. To everyone who picked up a copy...Thanks. More music to come.

New Lyrics posted

New lyrics have been posted on the lyrics page. More to come soon.

Dirt Town City Limits named Best of 2009 by reviewer Jim Pipkin at Happy to announce that Jim Pipkin named our album the best of 2009!!! Check out the link and read what he had to say! Happy and healthy 2010 to you all. Mat D and the Profane Saints

Dirt Town City Limits named Best of 2009 by reviewer Jim Pipkin at Happy to announce that Jim Pipkin named our album the best of 2009!!! Check out the link and read what he had to say! Happy and healthy 2010 to you all. Mat D and the Profane Saints

Dirt Town City Limits named Best of 2009 by reviewer Jim Pipkin at Happy to announce that Jim Pipkin named our album the best of 2009!!! Check out the link and read what he had to say! Happy and healthy 2010 to you all. Mat D and the Profane Saints

Mat D. featured on the Heard Mentality Podcast


Mat d and the profane Saints featured on the American Rock Mix podcast on Americana

"B-Movie Queen" and the Ghost of Huddie Ledbetter" were featured on the American Rock Mix podcast at Americana today. Visit and/or to download/listen to the show.

All titles on sale at CD Baby for the holidays

All solo and band titles have been reduced in price for the holidays at CD You can find the links to our albums in the store section of the website and on the homepage link. Happy Holidays from Mat D and the Profane Saints!

Orpheum Theatre with Bruce Hornsby and more Calendar updates.

Thanks to everyone in the crowd at the Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers show on 11/18/09. Kurt and I had a blast kicking off the night with songs from "Gasoline Rattle" and "Merciful 66" I'll be performing this Friday at the Sioux City Live Music Club with T Wilson King and Mike Langley as a part of the Living Room Sessions concert series which focus is on singer-songwriters. The show begins at 9pm at the club with a $5 dollar cover at the door.

News and updates Fall 2009


New lyrics have been added to the lyrics section of our website!  Check them out when you're able.

"Dirt Town City Limits" has been reviewed on the No blog, Hickory and Blues so far the reviews have been stellar!  Thanks so much to Mark, Jim and Matt for taking the time to listen and write such wonderful reviews.

Check the calendar for upcoming shows!  Only a few left in 2009!

Mat and Molly D are expecting their new son in November.  Egan Daniel should come into the world around November 19.  Mat will be taking a few months off to spend time with his family.  Look for him to return to the stahe sometime in February 2010.  He'll be working with the band on new material and completing another solo album with Kurt Mullins titled "Plank Road Drag"

Possible small tours and out of town dates TBA in 2010.  Stay tuned- and thank you all for your generous comments, support and friendship. 

Review of Dirt Town City Limits online at


Jim Pipkin at was kind enough to write more than a few good words about "Dirt Town City Limits" Read the review at 

South Dakota CD Release date changed


Our Sioux Falls CD Release Date has been changed from Friday September 25 to Friday August 28th.  Sioux City's own trio extraordinaire MOUNT SUZUKI will be on hand along with one other TBA.  The show begins at 10:30pm...doors open at 10. 

Dirt Town City Limits by Mail Order

Until we're up and running on CDBaby- our fabulous distributor who handles our U.S. and International CD sales- you can order your copy of Dirt Town City Limits directly from us! Send Certified Check or Money Order payable to Mathew deRiso for $12 to: Mary Moe Records 1826 West 5th Street Sioux City, IA 51103 Well concealed cash is okay but not recommended. Personal checks will not be accepted. We won't accept orders at this address after CD Baby has everything up and running, but if you can't wait- we'll be happy to send you a copy in the meantime.

Thank You Sioux City!

Special thanks to everyone who made it out to the show on Friday for the album release. We were up against CCR, Foghat and David Cook!!! (ouch) But plenty of you showed up in force and we are so appreciative of your kind comments and enthusiasm. See you all at a gig near you real soon!

Dirt Town City Limits released!

It's official. We've released Dirt Town City Limits! The CD will be available on CD Baby worldwide in a few weeks and we should be rolling with digital sales in just under a month. Thanks to everyone who came out to the Sioux City Live Music Club for the album release show.

More Lyrics

Mat has been writing a TON of new material! Stop by the Lyrics section to see the latest and greatest. For the lyrics to older material, including new songs from "Dirt Town City Limits" visit the music section and click on the song titles.

Thank you Aberdeen!

We'd like to thank everyone in the great city of Aberdeen for welcoming us to the Great Aberdeen Pig Out. It was an honor to perform at the festival. Also thanks to Jered at Pepper Entertainment for the opportunity and the wonderful folks that ran sound for us.

Dirt Town City Limits Pre-Sale!

DIRT TOWN CITY LIMITS PRE-SALE! We very happy to announce that we are beginning pre-sale orders for our brand new album "Dirt Town City Limits" beginning June 15. Pre-sale Orders are available by mail order and are being offered until July 15. $10 gets you a copy of "Dirt Town City Limits" signed by all members of the band and shipped at no cost to you. This special pricing will only be available for those that wish to guarantee their copy in advance as the CD will be sold at regular price online and at our live performances. All orders will ship no later than July 15 via US Mail. Pre-Sale is also available for those who are planning on attending our July 17th Album Release show and you will be able to pick-up your album at the show, or we can mail it to you if you desire. For ordering info (including where to send your check or money order) contact us at mderiso@matdandtheprofanesaints.

New Lyrics added

New lyrics to brand new music in the works have been added to the lyrics section.

Roadside Revival 2009 - Our Summer Schedule

Just wanted to update our friends and fans with the Profane Saints' Summer 2009 concert schedule. Can't wait to see all of our old friends, new friends and new fans on the road this year! We're calling it "Roadside Revival 2009!!!' with a few solo dates thrown in. May 30 - 2nd Annual Dry Creek Music Festival Hawarden, IA We hit the stage at 6pm. This is a free, all ages outdoor festival located in Hawarden city park at the pavillion. Music starts at 3pm and the fest wraps up at 11pm. June 13 - Mat d. solo at Black Sheep Coffee - Sioux Falls, SD Mat returns to Sioux Falls' own Black Sheep Coffee. He will showcase new music and staples from "Gasoline Rattle" and "Merciful 66" $2 suggested donation. All ages. June 26 - Yankton South Dakota Boomstick Productions presents Mat d and the Profane Saints at the Moose Lodge- $6 at the door, opening act(s) to be announced. This an all ages show and we look forward to meeting all of our new friends in Yankton! July 11 - The Great Aberdeen Pig Out - Aberdeen South Dakota This two day food and music festival draws 12,000 people annualy. Mat d. and the Profane Saints perform at 4:30pm on the North Stage. All ages and FREE! July 17 - Sioux City Live Music Club - ALBUM RELEASE Sioux City IA Two years in the making- we release our brand new album "Dirt Town City Limits" at the Sioux City Live Music Club. Tickets $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Opening act TBA. 21+ August 7 - Mat d solo at Meet Virginia Sioux City IA Mat d. returns to Sioux City's home of Coffee, Food and Art - the fabulous Meet Virginia! $2 suggested donation 7:30-9:30pm Allages August 24 - Mat d. and the Profane Saints with Throw Rag and THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT! Sioux Falls, SD All ages - Outside Nutty's North - 8pm! September 25 - Nutty's North w/ Burlap Wolf King SOUTH DAKOTA ALBUM RELEASE- Sioux Falls, SD Our Sioux Falls Album release show with our friend Thomas Hentges aka Burlap Wolf King. 9:30pm-1am 21+ cover TBA We're also working on an October date in Sioux City to wrap up our 2009 Schedule before Mr. and Mrs. D welcome a new baby in November. Mat will also release his new solo CD "Plank Road Drag" this Fall. Stay tuned and see you at a 'Roadside Revival' near you!!! For more information regarding our show schedule visit our Calendar, which is updated frequently.

Mat d and the Profane Saints featured on the Americana Roots Review Podcast

Ray Randall at Americana was kind enough to feature "Mudflap Mamma" on the Americana Roots Review podcast. This is the fourth appearance on the podcast over the past few years. Big thanks to Ray Randall for his enthusiasm and support of Independent Americana music. To listen and download the podcast visit

CD Release dates announced

"Dirt Town City Limits" will be released on July 17th at the Sioux City Live Music Club in Sioux City, Iowa. We will also have a South Dakota CD release show on Spetember 25th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at Nutty's North. For more info visit the Calendar link on our website. We have lots of new dates popping up, so stay tuned!

Mat d. performs with Jami Lynn Friday April 17th at the Chesterfield

April 17th - The Chesterfield with Jami Lynn Come join us at the Chesterfield in Sioux City Iowa on April 17th from 5-7pm for Mat D's first solo gig in Sioux City in over a year! Free food and drink specials and an appearance from South Dakota singer/songwriter Jami Lynn. No Cover.

Reverend Horton Heat and Summer Festival dates announced

Mat d and the Profane Saints are confirmed to open for the legendary Reverend Horton Heat in Sioux Falls on Monday August 24th. Venue and time TBA soon! Mat d and the Profane Saints will perform on July 11 at the Great Aberdeen Pig Out Music Festival. This free, all day, all ages music festival features local and regional bands performing on two outdoor stages in historic Downtown Aberdeen. Now in its 6th year, the Great Aberdeen Pig Out has solidified its status as the region’s leading outdoor music festival, drawing over 12,000 music fans by showcasing veteran bands and emerging artists. The Pig Out takes place the second Saturday in July. The festivities kick off at 11:00 am and goes until 10:30 pm. The festival is located in Downtown Aberdeen along Main Street from 5th Ave . to 2nd Ave . The Pig Out is a FREE event and features a wide variety of music every year including country, rock, alternative, jazz, blues, soul and funk among others.

Live Video from 3-14-09

Travis Barnes was nice enough to post a video of "B-Movie Queen" from our recent show at the Chesterfield on YouTube! Thanks Travis!

Links Update

We've updated our links section- be sure to check out or friends too!

Thank You Sioux City!!!

We'd like to thank the fabulous Chesterfield, Stealing Mercury, Brian Ross and Lindsay Rey at KOOL 99.5 AND everyone who made our show a HUGE success on Saturday night. It was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces in the crowd. Hope to see you all at our next gig at the Dry Creek Music festival in Hawarden, IA on May 30. More info about the show coming soon!

KOOL 99.5 - Interview and Live performance

Big Thank you to Brian Ross and Lindsay Rey at KOOL 99.5 in Sioux City for inviting Mat to perform live in studio! Good times! To hear the interview and performance visit and visit the RnR page on their website. We hope to do it again sometime.

Mat d. solo releases now available for purchase at Meet Virginia in Sioux City

Kim at Meet Virginia-Sioux City's home of Coffee, Food and Art is now selling copies of Mat d's award winning solo releases "Gasoline Rattle" and "Merciful 66" Mat will perform solo at Meet Virginia on April 24th and May 15th. Visit Meet Virginia for a hip atmosphere, works by local artists, great coffee and live music 306 Virginia Street in Downtown Sioux City IA

Mat d. and the Profane Saints to Release a FREE limited edition CD at March 14th performance in Sioux City

Sioux City Roots Rock band Mat d. and the Profane Saints will release a free, limited edition CD at their Sioux City March 14th performance at the Chesterfield. 100 copies of a new CD titled "B-Movie Queen" will handed out at no cost to the first 100 people at the show. Frontman Mathew deRiso says "We wanted to give something to all of the good folks that have supported us in the past few years. We decided that pressing a limited quantity of discs to hand out at the show would be a cool, sort of collectible idea that would feature some brand new music from a couple of new CDs we're working on right now. It's the best 'thank you' to our fans we could think of." Mat d. and band have been busy recording two CDs slated for release 2009. The first album being a Profane Saints venture titled "Dirt Town City Limits" is nearly complete and will be released in Spring . "It's the best thing we've done so far" Mat says "The songs range from an early punk sound to straight forward rock n' roll all presented in our Americana/Roots style; We're really looking forward to it's release." As for the other CD, Mat will also release his third solo album "Plank Road Drag" in the Fall. "Plank Road Drag will expand on the sound of my last two solo discs with a much more upbeat, fuller acoustic sound featuring mandolin, banjo and slide guitar verses the stripped down voice and guitar approach. The idea is to release a few CDs that will target both of our audiences. One for fans of our amped up, electric sound and the other for acoustic/roots enthusiaists." The band will hand out 100 tickets on March 14th that fans can redeem at the group's merch table once the band kicks off the show. 7 of the 100 tickets will also land a few lucky folks additional free merch. The free CDs are first come, first serve and will only be available at the March 14th performance. Local rockers Stealing Mercury will open the show at 9:30pm, with the Profane Saints taking the stage at 11pm.

Mat d and the Profane Saints on Facebook

Mat d. and the Profane Saints now have a home on Facebook as well. If you have a facebook account, become a fan to get recent updates and to hear new music as it's released. A link to our Facebook page is in the links section of our website.

Lyrics to 2007's "Brand New Faith" now available

More lyrics have been posted on the music/listen page. The album "Brand New Faith" was added today.

Lyrics from "Small Town Burning..." now available

Lyrics to all ten songs off of the 2006 album "small Town Burning..." are now on display in the music section.

Lyrics from Dirt Town and Plank Road Drag now available

The lyrics from the new Cds in the works are now on display on our website. Visit the music section and click on the tile of the song(s) to check them out.

"Spark Plug Rain" now streaming in the music section

The new song "Spark Plug Rain" is now streaming on the website. This song will appear on the upcoming solo CD in the works titled "Plank Road Drag" along with nine brand new acoustic tracks. The song features the clawhammer banjo swtylings of Mat d. and the resophonic slide guitar work of Mr. Kurt Mullins. Stay tuned for more new music soon!

Merciful 66 named Folk Rising's album of the year 2008

We're proud to announce that Mat d. was awarded Folk Rising's Album of the Year 2008 for his solo CD "Merciful 66" Mat was fortunate enough to have earned this award in 2007 for the album "Gasoline Rattle" Two years in a row ain't bad! Much appreciation to Gary at Folk Rising for his enthusiasm and support of Americana and Folk music. THANK YOU FOLK RISING! Here's what they had to say - Folk Rising™ Music Productions, LLC (Folk Rising)'s 2008 Folk Album of the year is awarded to Mat D for his Merciful 66 album. Gary Kappenman, A&R for Folk Rising, stated "as I sit here listening to Mat’s Merciful 66 album for about the 20th time, I’m considering that reviewers of Mat’s first solo album, Gasoline Rattle, reminded them of a young Steve Earle. While I enjoy listening to Steve Earle’s work, I believe Mat’s new album goes significantly beyond Steve Earle’s work in both the striking imagery of his lyrics and the heartfelt soulfulness he brings to his vocals. If you like Steve Earle’s work, you’ll love Mat’s new Merciful 66 album!”

Ghost of Huddie Ledbetter to debut on Z-98

The song "Ghost of Huddie Ledbetter" will debut on Sioux City's home of Rock n' Roll Z-98 as of this Sunday December 14th. Tune in if you're able!

The Ghost of Huddie Ledbetter streaming live on Mat d and the Profane

A raw version of 'The Ghost of Huddie Ledbetter' is now streaming on our music page and on our Myspace page (visit the link in our links section under associated websites) The song is slated to appear on the "Dirt Town City Limits" CD coming in 2009

Mudflap Mamma rolling in the music section!

A brand new studio cut of the song Mudflap Mamma is now on display in the music section of our website. Enjoy!

Thank You Sioux City

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the show last night at the Chesterfield. Special thanks to Rick Swanson the and to Burlap Wolf King for making it another great night to remember.

Live performance at

Jesse Claeys was kind enough to invite Mat d. and Kurt Mullins down to the Sioux City Journal for a recent interview. Followig the interview (which is available on Jesse's blog the Heard Mentality on the Journal's website) Mat recorded a live performance of the song 'Metropolicana' from his latest CD 'Merciful 66' The video is streaming online at Enjoy!

All hail the Hippie Boy! (A shameless plug for a hardworking man)

The Saints wish to thank Chris Radloff and his lovely wife for doing such a great job on the new promo photos. Chris runs Hippie Boy Design - a booming web design and photography company here in Sioux City. Not only did he break us into a truck yard on a Sunday afternoon in the rain for some shots with a classic white freightliner, he also captured what we feel are some damn cool photos of three guys with faces for radio and made us look as good as humanly possible- with the help of photo-shop of course. (The fourth and only exception was Jeff, who looked quite dapper in his clothes-pin tie and vest. Why the hell didn't we put him out in front???) And, even though he couldn't seem to get a smile out of Mat (who swears he was smiling the whole time) We'd like to direct you to his site in case anyone of our readers needs a professional or personal website and/or professional photography (and kick ass senior pics from what we're told) to give this long haired friend of ours a call. Visit Chris at You'll be glad you did.

Mat d. featured on the Americana Roots review at Americana

Ray Randall at was kind enough to include the track "Metropolicana" from Mat d's latest solo CD Merciful 66 on the latest edition of the Americana Roots Review Podcast (68 to be exact) The podcast features new music from 4-5 bands per episode. You can download and listen to the podcast at

Purchase our catalog at Mat d and the Profane

We've posted paypal links from our friends at in our Purchase section of the website. If you have a paypal account you can now purchase our music directly from us right here coutesy of, a leader in digital products and downloads. The Mermaid Ep, Small Town Burning, Brand New Faith, and Mat's solo albums Gasoline Rattle and Merciful 66 are all currently available.

Drive Thru Romance scrapped, New album in the making and cleaning house.

'Drive Thru Romance' the long awaited follow up tp the 2006 LP "Small Town Burning..." will not see the light of day and has been scrapped. After rehearsing new, stronger material with the line-up featuring Kurt Mullins on guitar and newest member Bob Birch on Bass, the band has found it's stride and will soon begin work on a full length CD with the working title "Dirt Town City Limits" While some of the music intended for release on 'DTR' will be present on the new CD- all of the tracks from the ground up will be re-recorded and rearranged to reflect the band's evolving and grittier new Americana sound. It's more country, with punk, jazz and blues influences that we look forward to showcasing at the Chesterfield in Sioux City on October 25th. We've also updated the tracks in the music section. A few live tracks have been added (and removed!) largely in part and thanks to our new friend Lee who was kind enough to send us a bootleg recording of our August 1 performance at the 29th Annual Sioux River Folk Fest. We've also updated the links section of our website as well. Hope to see many of you at a live performance sometime soon!


Muster on over to our myspace page and you'll find we have 2 songs available for free download. Visit to download the tracks. Enjoy!

Back in stock and now on sale at

Merciful 66 is back in stock at CDBABY and is now available worldwide at! If you prefer an alternate digital outlet - CDBABY also offers the digital album at Look for Merciful 66 at other premium digital music outlets in the next few weeks and months.

Merciful 66 SOLD OUT at

The warehouse at has informed us that we have SOLD OUT of Merciful 66! A new shipment of CDs are on their way to their warehouse and the album should be available for purchase by the end of the week. You can also purchase the digital/mp3 album at CDBABY if you'd rather not wait til then. Visit to order.

4 Star review of "Merciful 66" at

Well, actually it's four out of five carrots. (Carrots-Stars-same thing!) But we were sure pleased to hear that the good folks at in the UK dug the latest CD "Merciful 66" To read the full review visit or visit the press section of our website and click the link titled 'reviews'.

Mat d and the Profane Saints on sale at Amazon and

We're proud, and sort of scared to announce that we're now available for purchase through and's digital music store. Our songs ranging from every album since our debut EP in 2006 are selling strong on both sites. So go ahead, save money, live better- and buy profane.

200,000 hits and going

Thank you to everyone who visits our little hole in the wall website. Since last August we've gotten about 200,000 hits to Mat d and the Profane - and we're still going strong. Let's make it half a million in 2009!

New Calendar Dates

The Profane Saints are proud to announce that we'll be performing alongside Burlap Wolf King and the County Line band in support of musician Charlie Parr from Minneapolis on December 20th at Nutty's North in Sioux Falls South Dakota. More info soon.

New Music from the Profane Saints - Sort of.

The new version of "Lye Soap, Cigarettes and Gasoline" is on display in the music section. Revamped and re-recorded. Enjoy!

Merciful 66 Available Worldwide at

MERCIFUL 66 NOW AVAILABLE ON CDBABY.COM MAT D.: Merciful 66 Mat d's latest acoustic/solo CD 'Merciful 66' is now on sale at The physical CD is available by mail order, however if you prefer the digital album you may also purchase the MP3 album at the site. The CD will also be available at iTunes, Tradebit and others in the coming weeks and months. Click the album cover above to visit the store and purchase the CD. Links to Mat's and the Profane Saints' albums can also be found in the Store section of this website.

Merciful 66 Released at the 29th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival

Mat's latest CD "Merciful 66" was released on August 1st at the Sioux River Folk Festival. The CD will be available at and iTunes. More updates soon.

New Press Updates

Press about the new CD "Merciful 66" and the Sioux River Folk Festival has been added to the PRESS section of the website.

Calendar Dates

The July 18th performance at Black Sheep Coffe has been cancelled due to Sioux Falls Jazz Fest (be sure to check out Snakebeard Jackson performing at this free festival) Mat d. and the Profane Saints will return to the Chesterfield on October 25th, 2008. Opening act to be announced soon.

Newton Hills Hoedown

Thanks to the good folks at FOTM and the boys of Snakebeard Jackson for inviting Mat to perform at the 1st annual Newton Hills Hoedown in Canton, South Dakota. Portions of the acoustic set were captured on video and can be viewed at

New Music clips from "Merciful 66"

New clips from the latest album are now on display in the music section along with the complete lyrics from the CD. The CD "Merciful 66" will be released on August 1st at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls.


The Links and Photo sections have been updated.

Thank you Hawarden

Thank you to the City of Hawarden for welcoming us to the Dry Creek Music Festival. Jeff, Kurt , Bob and Mat had a great time performing at the first annual Dry Creek Music Festival and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces in the crowd.

Review of Gasoline Rattle at Americana

Don Zelazny was kind enough to write a few words about Mat's most recent release at You can read the review at their website or in the Press / Reviews section.

Mat d. to release follow-up LP 'Merciful 66'

Mat d's follow-up to the award winning 'Gasoline Rattle' titled 'Merciful 66' will be released in August 2008. The solo album will feature 10 brand new songs ranging in style from acoustic folk, americana and gospel. The album will feature guitar, bass and keys courtesy of Kurt Mullins and percussion by Jeff Deignan. The album is scheduled to be released at this year's Sioux River Folk Fest on August 1st.

New Calendar Dates added

A few solo dates in Sioux Falls and South Dakota have been added to the Calendar. Mat d. will perform at Black Sheep Coffee on May 10th in Sioux Falls, at the Newton Hills Hoedown on July 5th, and the Sioux River Folk Festival on Aug. 1st, 2nd and 3rd. See the Calendar for more details! More live appearances coming soon as well!

Sweet Fanny's April 12th - Cancelled

The solo appearance scheduled on April 12 has been cancelled. Mat d. will return to the stage on May 10th at Black Sheep Coffee in Sioux Falls.

Happy Birthday Sis!

Mat's sister is celebrating her 21st in Denver- Here's to you Ashleigh! PACE YOURSELF!

New Photos

New photos from the 3/28 show in Sioux City are appearing in the photo gallery. Thanks to Crystal Huls for doing such a great job!

Thank You Shaky Tree

Thanks to all of the new friends at Shaky Tree Coffee on Saturday for sharing their hearts, laughter and a spare couch! Much of the material Mat sang during the show was brand new and the audience was great! Thank you Spencer, IA for making it a great show. See you again soon!

RIP Quaker City Night Hawks

One of our favorite bands, The Quaker City Night Hawks bid farewell on Saturday March 1. We were honored to have opened the show which also featured the Wisconsin band, Flame Shark at Nutty's North in Sioux Falls. We wish Thomas and the fabulous Night Hawks the very best in all of their future musical ventures.

In loving memory

My Dad and I would fish at Wollaston Lake, Sask. from time to time. These trips were the few weeks we spent together after I had graduated from college. One day, on the boat in 2001, Dad told me he would like his ashes to be scattered in Wollaston Lake when he died. I thought I'd be a much older man when that time came. My Father passed away Feb 8th in Denver Colorado - and it's a bright sadness to fulfill that promise I made to Dad seven years ago. This song is written for you Dad. May the cold water carry you to heaven's gates. Wollaston (in memory of Neil deRiso) I will stare at my reflection in the water searching for the piece of you that's left in me If I close my eyes and chase after your memory will your silhouette be all that I can see? Not so long ago you'd carry me the distance now I hold your unchained spirit in my hands I'll commit your body to that holy water may it carry you up to the promised land your restless heart will find redemption in love's river your weary soul will shine like diamonds in the sun one day I'll meet you on the shores of the eternal today I'll say goodbye to you at Wollaston. your restless heart will find redemption in that river your weary soul will shine like diamonds in the sun one day I'll meet you on the shores of the eternal today I'll say goodbye to you at Wollaston today I'll say goodbye to you at Wollaston words and music by Mathew R. deRiso copyright 2008 Mary Moe Music

Mat d's Gasoline Rattle named Folk Rising's Album of the Year

from Folk Rising â„¢ Music Productions, LLC (Folk Rising)'s 2007 Folk Album of the year goes to Gasoline Rattle by Mat d., singer / songwriter from Sioux City, IA. Gary Kappenman, A&R for Folk Rising, suggested that this new solo album from Mat d. "combines the best of old acoustic roots / folk / country blues music with leading edge Americana blues and a hard driving gospel flavor to produce Folk Rising's pick for this year's top folk album. Our favorite lyric from the album is ' Baby, this train is still bound for glory, despite all of our rambling ways' from the Bound for Glory track offering hope of redemption in the depths of despair ". Thanks and much appreciation go out to Gary Kappenman for this great honor. Read more at

New Music from the Profane Saints featured on

Resurrection Boulevard is the latest song to be featured on the Americana Roots Review No. 59 You can download the podcast at iTunes or at Big thanks to Ray and everyone else at for their support!

4 Star Review of Gasoline Rattle at

The kind editors at, a site devoted to independent music reviews and based in Glasgow, UK have just published a review of Mat d's solo release. Here's what they had to say. Mat d. Gasoline Rattle Mary Moe Records/Music Works The troubadour. The singer of the songs. The storyteller. Stories of the grit and grime of life glamorised in the way that only poets manage. Poetry set to music as epitomised by Lee Hazelwood, Kris Kristofferson or John Prine. Songs that mean something to you and not just after that fifth beer. This album from Mat D (aka Mathew DeRiso, front man from Bluesbunny favourites Mat D and the Profane Saints) provides some fine additions to the canon of country - and indeed popular - songs. There are songs that we have heard before, of course, like "Bound for Glory" but they manage to survive on their own without the support of a band. Mat D's voice shows that flawed but real quality that is associated with proper country singers and he sings his own songs well. Redemption is a common theme in proper country music and "Damnation Line" hits the mark evoking images of the emptiness of the highway at night and, by inference, the emptiness of life when you have lost something - "…a wandering soul never cries". There is a theme that runs through these songs in that Mat D paints pictures of people's sense of dissatisfaction with life. Not dissatisfaction with what they have got but perhaps dissatisfaction with what they have gotten out of life. Let's not forget that he also does a nice line in hope as well and "Midway Babylon" illustrates that. He is a dramatic if dark songwriter, however, and we've said it before but no one puts a soap opera to song better than Mat D. That said, we did miss a band sometimes, especially on the songs that we have grown to love like "Bikini Bull Riding". There are songs on this album that will (or at least should if there is any justice in this world) become standards. Writing songs that can touch people's souls is no easy task and it is certainly no guarantee of commercial success but we raise our glass to Mat D as we think of our "Sweet Louise". (Rated 4 out of 5 stars) For more reviews of great independent music be sure to visit

New songs from the studio from the upcoming LP

'Resurrection Boulevard' and 'Roadside Revival' are on display in the MUSIC section in all of their raw, fresh from the studio glitz. Enjoy! More to come soon!

Gasoline Rattlle now Available Worldwide through CDBaby

Gasoline Rattle is selling 24/7 at The album has gotten some great press from folk alley and Hicory Wind as of late and should be available for digital download shortly. Visit the following link to see the sales page at CDBaby

New Songs from Drive Thru Romance Posted

"Feeling Highway 49" and "Mudflap Mamma" have been posted and are currently streaming 24/7 in the MUSIC section. These songs will appear on the upcoming LP "Drive Thru Romance" The songs are also featured on our myspace page as well as

Small write up from December's Alley Chat from Folk

Mat d. was recently featured in Folk Alley's Alley chat, a monthly newsletter for Folk Alley's listeners. Here's what the fine souls at the alley had to say: "Mat d. is a singer/songwriter from Sioux City, Iowa who may be best known as lead singer for the band Mat d. and the Profane Saints. The songs he posted in Open Mic are more acoustic, with strong storytelling and a powerful point of view. Our friend Jim Pipkin says about Mat d., "Do yourself a big favor, trundle over to and meet this strange dude for yourself. Give his tunes a listen. Buy some stuff. And if you are ever trapped in Iowa, near a honky-tonk called Sweet Fanny's, roll on in and shake his hand for me between sets. But under no circumstances should you introduce him to your sister."

Mat d. alongside Arlo Guthrie and the Polyjesters as featured on's December Podcast

From The Alleycast for December features Folk Alley's exclusive concert recording with Arlo Guthrie, plus our in-studio session recording with The Polyjesters. Artists Mat D. and Fallen Ivory are featured on this episode, along with a special montage of Holiday favorites. We'll also feature the work and story of the mysterious Jandek, a musician who has released 51 records with virtually no information known about him. Download The Alleycast today." To download the December Podcast, and for more great acoustic music visit

New live appearances posted

Mat d. and the Profane Saints will return to the Chesterfield on Saturday March 29th. Popular Americana - Roots Rockers Snakebeard Jackson will be opening the show.

Gasoline Rattle named top release at

In Fall of 2007, Mat d. and bandmate / producer Kurt Mullins set out to record an acoustic demo for promotional purposes. Instrumentation was kept to the bare minimum using only guitar, fretless bass and mandolin. After completing the sessions they felt the music was strong enough as a full blown acoustic release. The album "Gasoline Rattle" has been released as a precursor to "Drive Thru Romance" and will be available to the public on December 14th. Jim Pipkin, an accomplished performing musician and songwriter from Arizona, a highly respected member of the Americana community, esteemed member of the Americana Music Association and contributor to has awarded "Gasoline Rattle" as the one his 4 top releases of 2007 at! Here's what Jim had to say: Mat d. - Gasoline Rattle - Released in a bar called Sweet Fanny's, a Sioux City hangout whose crowd would eat most of the Americana posers out there today alive. Mat's songs are funny, crusty, dirty glimpses into an America out beyond the strip malls. All writers hate to be categorized or compared, but in some ways Mat reminds me of a young Steve Earle, with a more powerful set of pipes. The subjects of his songs flash by like memories of a road trip, with recurring themes of faith, cynicism, and finding what love the world throws at us. One lyric describing a lover hit me, from the tune Midway Babylon: "The years they had not been too kind, but a ramblin' boy like me don't mind." Don't take my word for it, go and hear this guy! Thanks, Jim. We're very honored you chose our little "demo" to be at the top of your list! To hear Jim's Music and learn more about Sour Mash for the Soul visit

Mat d. announced as Featured Artist for December 2007

Mat d. has been announced as the featured artist in Folk Alley's Open Mic spotlight. Folk Alley offers independents, unsigned artists and unknown songwriters a shot to get their music heard from their home base at Kent State in Ohio, focusing on everything from Old Time, Blues, New Folk and Americana. Thanks to Folk Alley for the feature!

New Song Clips from Gasoline Rattle

Free Image Hosting at Song clips from the new solo/acoustic album "Gasoline Rattle" are available in the Music section. All 9 songs are posted in short clip format. Enjoy!

Gasoline Rattle is complete.

Free Image Hosting at "Gasoline Rattle" is the new solo album from Mat d. and producer/bandmate Kurt Mullins. A forerunner to the Profane Saints anticipated release "Drive Thru Roamnce", The album is now complete and should be released in December 2007. The 9 song acoustic LP features original material inspired by love, faith and sin down the backroads of pastoral America. From the greasy truck stop on I-29 past the damned and forgotten down the diesel kissed highways rattling towards the an old marquee on the Vegas strip . Gasoline Rattle is set to inspire the dark and romantic with it's glimmer of hope lyricism and grassroots acoustic arrangements. Look for it in the next few months on I-tunes, Rhapsody and

Review of Brand New Faith at

Hand it to Jim Pipkin to deliver an honest slice of criticism all the way from Mesa, Arizona! His review of Brand New Faith was posted to today. Read on at or find the review in the Review/press section of this website. Thanks Jim! As they say in Mesa - 'Okay Then.'

The Profane Saints featured on

We're proud to announce that we've been featured on Review Vol. 55 of the Podcast! Visit to download the free Podcast and to subscribe to the Review for the best in upcoming Americana and Roots music. Thank You Americana Roots!

New Photos

Free Image Hosting at Once again the lovely Crystal Huls comes through and makes us look good on camera (a difficult task we assure you) Check out the new pics from our show with the Quaker City Night Hawks on October 20th at the Chesterfield in the PHOTOS section.

Thank you Sioux City

Free Image Hosting at Can you say STANDING ROOM ONLY? Did you happen to see the drunk, the wild and the Deified DANCING ON THE TABLES? We can, and we loved it! The Chesterfield was turned into the devil's congregation for an evening of song, sin and salvation. Thanks to everyone who made it out to the show (you know who you are! ) with the fabulously hip Quaker City Night Hawks a success! Special thanks to our new friends from upstate New York who happened to hear we were playing and were kind enough to join in on our little Roadside Revival on their way through the Midwest. What a great night! Looking forward to the next time around. Until then-AMEN!

Dead Links

We'll be removing and revising some dead links in the LINK section of Mat d and the Profane in the next few days. If your link disappears, it should re-appear shortly once we've cleaned a little house, or the webmaster will fix the link so that it matches with the appropriate site.

Updates on Mat's solo CD in the works

Mat finished up the initial vocal and guitar tracks a week ago, and wrapped up the last song with Kurt at the Production helm this evening. Can't wait to hear the end result!-should be cool. As soon as the bass guitar and sparse instrumentation are complete, we'll update the site with new clips and perhaps a free download or two. The songs completed for the solo CD titled "Gasoline Rattle" are: 1.Heart of Diesel 2.Midway Babylon 3.Damnation Line 4.Guilty Man's Gun 5.Bikini Bull Riding 6.Sweet Louise 7.Dead in New Orleans 8.Bound for Glory (remixed from 'Brand New Faith') 9.American Eulogy The album features a sparse acoustic guitar tracks with lead vocals and minimal harmonies. Most of what's left is some bass guitar that Kurt will be laying down to round out the sound. So far, even the raw tracks sound very cool...similar to recent releases by Kris Kristofferson and the American Recordings series by Johnny Cash in attitude and feel-all thrown together in a loose comfortable way that emulates a live performance with the benefits of the studio. All of the songs are originals, mostly new material. "Bikini..." and "Sweet Louise" are new recordings of material released on the out of print LP "Small Town Burning.." and "Dead in New Orleans" will appear on the upcoming LP from the Saints titled "Drive Thru Romance" in full on electrical form. We'll continue to keep you updated as things progress.

Website Updates

You may notice that the guestbook disappeared a few days ago. A couple of folks on the mailing list have dropped our webmaster emails about it's abscence. Fear not, the Guestbook will be back up and running soon. Also, more rough mixes from the studio are on their way and will be posted in the next few weeks.

Photos from Nutty's North

The Pics from our show with the Quaker City Night Hawks and Castle at Nutty's North in Sioux Falls are now on display in the photo section. Big thanks to the lovely Crystal Huls for the snapshots.

Thank You Sioux Falls

Free Image Hosting at We'd like to thank the Quaker City Night Hawks for inviting us up to Sioux Falls last Saturday for a great show and good times. Big thank you's are also in order to Corey for making us sound so good, Dave and Erica for making things even more X rated, Gary and Carol Ann for bringing all of your friends- and all of the great folks at Nutty's North for making us feel so welcome. We're looking forward to our next apperance in Sioux Falls soon!

Free Downloads

New Music is available for Free Download in the Music section, a slew of live acoustic tracks and the hell-raising gospel number "You Shall Be Free' are now available for download 24/7 in Mp3 format. Enjoy!

Sold Out!

We released the Brand New Faith EP as a limited edition CD back in May 2007 , and If you've bought the disc already- Thank You for your support. But we had a small problem selling anymore of them seeing as we've sold them all! That's right...all of our copies have vanished. (sort on.) Fear not, if you haven't picked up your copy yet, we've pressed a second edition that sells for $7 and will be sold at our live performances and online at CD

Thank You Mr. Radloff!

Chris Radloff, fellow musician and all around great guy was kind enough to photograph the Profane Saints during their performance in Downtown Sioux City a few weeks back. A sampling of the 350+ photos are now on display in the Photo Gallery. To see and learn more about Chris's work- which ranges from photography, graphic and web design, visit

Photos from the Promenade

Big Thanks to the wonderful Crystal Huls for once again snapping these wonderful pics from our performance on the Promenade in Downtown Sioux City. The photos are now on display in the Gallery. More photos to follow soon.

Quaker City Night Hawks announced as opening act on Oct 20th

Mat d. and the Profane Saints are pleased to welcome The Quaker City Night Hawks as their special guests for their appearance on October 20th at the Chesterfield. For more information on the Quaker City Night Hawks visit

Calendar Changes

Mat d's solo appearance at Shaky Tree Coffee on October 26th has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. We'll update you soon as to when he'll return to the tree.

Thank You Sioux City

We had a great time kicking off the labor day weekend at the Promenade last night. Big thank you's go out to everyone at the Chesterfield you were kind enough to do sound for us- Chris, who was our fab. photographer for the evening and the 300 other good folks who showed up for the show. Hope to see you all again soon. Happy Labor Day!

The Profane Saints to appear with the Quaker City Night Hawks and Castle in Sioux Falls

The Profane Saints are pleased to annouce that they'll be performing as the guests of none other than Sioux Fall's own gurus of Psychedelic Americana The Quaker City Night Hawks and Minneapolis rockers Castle at Nutty's North on Septmeber 22nd. The Profane Saints will perform from 9:30-11:00pm. Hope to see all of our Sioux Falls friends and family at the show.

New Review of Brand New Faith by

The BluesBunny has spoken-and has been kind enough to write a review of the latest EP "Brand New Faith" reviews a wide selection of independent music with an ear for the eclectic. Thanks BluesBunny- we appreciate the review. You may read the review on this site or you may visit the direct link.

Desert Highway Radio Welcomes Mat d. and the Profane Saints

The Profane Saints have been added to the roster of Desert Highway Radio. Desert Highway Music is a new music company built for the new music industry. Part record label, part music publisher, part artist management, all roots-based, all independent, and all about the revolution! Join the party because there's always room on the highway! Visit

New Calendar Dates Added

Mat will be filling in for Kelli Johnson at Sweet Fanny's on September 1st as well as making a return to the fabulous Shaky Tree in Spencer Iowa on October 27. Visit the our Calendar for all solo and band performances.

Ringtones Now Available from The Profane Saints.

The Profane Saints are now Mobile! Thanks to Groupie you can now purchase ringtones from the Profane Saints' catalog. To purchase ringtones visit and get your dose of the D on the go!

Thank You Shaky Tree

Had a wonderful time performing at the Shaky Tree coffee house in Spencer, Iowa this weekend. If you're ever in Spencer, not only will you notice it's a beautiful town, but Shaky Tree Coffee is quite possibly one of the coolest joints in Iowa. Great coffee, conversation and music. Check them out at

New Promo shots

Special thanks to Mr. Mark Karrer for a fabulous photo shoot for our new promo shots (available in the Gallery Section of our website) Mark did a fantastic job of directing the hour long shoot and we all had a blast doing it. Mark, in the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas "We really appreciate it" it was great to work with you.

Mat d. announced winner at 28th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival

Free Image Hosting at Mat d. was announced as the contest winner of the 15 minutes of Folk Fame on Saturday August 4th at the Friends of Traditional Music 28th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival in Canton, SD. Mat performed on the mainstage with Harmonica player/bandmate Walt Peterson, and was given a standing ovation as well as a performance slot for the 2008 Festival! Big Thanks go out to Molly (for making him bring his guitar), Walt Peterson as well as Gary and Carol Ann of Folk Rising productions. We'll see you all again in 2008!

Goodbye New Frontier

Free Image Hosting at The New Frontier Casino, the famed spot where Elvis played his first show in Vegas, and the home of Gilley's Saloon (shown above, with the dashing and irrepressible Kurt Mullins)which featured BIKINI BULL RIDING- COLD BEER & DIRTY GIRLS which Mat d. penned his song about has closed it's doors and has been scheduled for demolition. It's a sad day in Profane Saint-land. They're auctioning off the bull, they've hung up the bikinis and those 'Damned Dirty Girls' have fallen to the wayside. Las Vegas- You're in our prayers.

Brand New Faith EP now available at

Another digital link has been added in the download chain that makes it more affordable than ever to own D and the Saints' new music. features 88 cent downloads for Mp3's and 77 cent downloads for WMA files. This means you can order the entire EPfor under $5! More affordable than comparable sites for listeners on a budget. Visit for more details.

"Brand New Faith" up and selling on ITunes

That's right - Our New EP titled "Brand New Faith" is now available for purchase online thanks to the good folks at Itunes. Is it a sin to be sold online? We think not, but it sure feels good if it is.! Look for the link in the store section of our website to see for yourselves- That's right...we'll make a believer out of you yet.

Thank You

Thanks to everyone at our invitation only show last evening in Sioux City. We had a great time performing for you as well as seeing everyone get out on the dance floor. Hope to see you all again real soon!

Hello St. Louis, we are the Profane Saints

KDHX 88.1 FM in St.Louis, Missouri recently featured the Profane Saint's song "Shine On Me" on the Feels like Going Home Radio program on June 27th. Thanks for the support KDHX. In the words of St. Thomas Aquinas "We really appreciate it. Check out KDHX and listen online at

Profane Saints Merch Update

Free Image Hosting at We're unveiling a new Woman's T-Shirt by popular demand of all the good gals that have graced our live appearances lately, the Women's 'D-Shirts' as we like to call them will feature a Gold Metallic print on a polyester-cotton blend black pre-shrunk T available in Medium, Large and X-Large. Free Image Hosting at We will still carry the tried and true original Silver Logo Shirts (see both styles above) in Large and X-Large. The Shirts will be available at live shows for $14 each.

A few changes on the Band's Calendar

The Saints were billed on July 28th at the Eagles Club in Sioux City Iowa and are now unable to play the show due to conflicting personal schedules. We apologize to everyone at Midwest Metal who were kind enough to book us for an evening of what should still be a great show featuring Mt. Suzuki and 66 Crush which are 2 of the best independent acts in the Siouxland area.

Photos from the Folk Rising Free Concert Course

New pics of Mat d. performing at the Folk Rising free concert course at the Riverwalk in Sioux Falls, SD are up on display in the Photo Gallery.

Live at the Riverwalk

I had a great time performing at the Riverwalk Cafe in Sioux Falls this weekend. Thanks to Gary and Co. at Folk Rising for their hospitality and support. Mat d. appeared with 5 other musicians and enjoyed playing for a diverse and enthusiastic crowd. Looking forward to another show in Sioux Falls soon! For more info on FolkRising Productions and the other musicians that have performed during their summer concert series visit

Brand New Faith on Itunes etc. Coming Soon!

Our distributor in Portland has informed me that the "Brand New Faith" EP is cuurently being delivered to over 40+ digital sales companies and music websites. In a few weeks we should be up and ready to sell downloads of the new material!

New Solo recording Slated for Production

Mat d. has begun recording an acoustic/solo disc with the working title "Gasoline Rattle" featuring acoustic versions of some of the Small Town Burning era material as well as new, unreleased material. This all acoustic disc will feature guitar, mandolin, bass and vocals-and true to the sound of his solo performances. More news and mp3's from the CD will be available shortly.

Shows Updated - Changes to Schedule

Mat d. will be performing Friday July 6th at Sweet Fanny's rather than Saturday July 7th. We have a private show we're booked for on the 7th and some rescheduling was in order. Hope to see you for a rare Friday night performance at Sweet Fanny's on the 6th!

This Just in:Kelli Johnson at Sweet Fanny's Pub

That's right folks, Kelli Johnson will be performing solo on June 23rd at Sweet Fanny's Pub on Historic 4th Street in Sioux City Iowa. Kelli not only has one of the best voices in the region, but always entertains with a soulful and high energy performance. All this and there's no cover, just good times and great music. Amen.

Direct Downloads Available for DJs and Radio Stations

Air Play Direct now handles our direct to Radio quality downloads for Radio Stations seeking airplay for Mat d. and the Profane Saints. If you are a DJ or Broadcaster seeking high quality downloads that are ready for FM or Satelite airplay - visit our Artist Direct link in the LINKS/Publications section of this website, or visit

New Additions to the Press Section

Articles from and Songs:illinois have been posted in the Press Section as well as the Article about the Concerts on the Promenade series in Sioux City.

Article about "Brand New Faith" at

I love reading music blogs, and If you haven't visited, you should! This guy has some of the coolest fk'n music featured that I've ever had the opportunity to hear. (Look for their link in our LINKS section) Everything from Alt. Country, Roots Rock, Industrial and whatever tickles his fancy. What are you waiting for? Anyhow, we received a nice write up about the Brand New Faith EP from Autopsy IV today. Thanks NineBullets for spreading the good word.

More Performances added

There are a TON of new dates on our performance Calendar. Look for solo shows by Kelli Johnson and Mat d. as well as new dates for the Profane Saints. Hope to see you all at a show near you!

Midwest Mayhem and we're all Sold Out

First off, thanks to everyone at Midwest Metal. Had a great rockin' time twanging it up for all the metal heads in the house. Secondly, we have sold out of both the 'Mermaid EP' and 'Small Town Burning...' That's right folks. All gone. Splitsville. Adios. And trust us -we couldn't be happier. The abums are now permanantly out of print and will only be available for digital download. (actually, there are a few more copies of both left at, but no copies will be available at shows) Hope everyone had a great weekend. We'll see you soon.

New Photos

New photos from the CD release at the Chesterfield are up. Thanks to Crystal taking the pics!

The Gospel according to D. WHAT?!?

Had lunch with a friend who saw the show and was informed of something quite surprising. He said "Did you know 10 people walked out on your show and have labeled you a Christian Rock Band?" "NO!" I replied, "Where did they get that idea?" Well, through thinking about it-I was addressing the 'congregation' as I called it (aka the BAR) with phrases like "Can I get an AMEN?" and "Hallelujah, what's it to ya?"however I'd like to make something quite clear here: Mat d. and the Profane Saints is in no way shape or form a 'Christian' band. We are not evangelists. If your soul needs saving and you're coming to us for salvation or the path there of, you're headed straight to hell. Mat d. and the Profane Saints perform 'Hell Raising Gospel' or in other words: Gospel music the devil could listen to. It's a gimmick. When you hear us say "Can I get an Amen" it means "Did you dig that song? Here's another" When you hear us say "Halleljujah, what's it to ya" it's our way of saying "How the fuck are you anyway?" For your dose of religion and spirituality, feel free to visit the house of worship, church, temple etc. of your choice. If you're an athiest, sleep in on Sunday. My music is not in anyway evangelical or Christian so to speak. It's about age old themes. God, the devil, Sin, Salvation, Hard Luck Losers, Freaks, Junkies, Ramblers and the like. It's just a theme. Much of the earliest american music reflects these topics. Be you believer, skeptic or ye of no faith, we just want you to enjoy the music. That's all. We won't be performing at any churches anytime soon, not that we have a problem with any of them, it's just not us. If your interested in hearing God Rock, visit your local Christian bookstore. If you're looking for some original roots rock and americana Profane and Saintly-then you've come to the right address. My music is all about the duality of man. The good and the bad, The sinful and the holy, The saved and the damned. That's it. No altar call here. Just rock n' roll ( and a lil' bit o' country too!)

CD Release at the Chesterfield

Wow. Thanks to everyone for an incredible show of support. Not only did we practicly sell out of our CD's on hand, but we were blown away by the enthusiastic response from the 200+ crowd on Saturday! Thanks to the Kelly Quinn Band for opening the show, Rick and Co. at the Chesterfield for treating us like kings, and very special thanks to everyone who came out for a down and dirty roots rock show courtesy of D and the Saints. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Brand New Faith Now On Sale at

Our latest EP 'Brand New Faith' is now on sale at! Digital sales and downloads should be available in the next few weeks/months. The CD will be officially released at the Chesterfield on Saturday May 26th. Special guests the Kelly Quinn Band will be opening for the Saints as they debut new material, merch and bring Roots Rock to the masses. Until then, Amen.

Riverwalk show 5/19

Thanks to Gary and Co. for the warm reception at the Riverwalk on Saturday. Had a great time in Sioux Falls performing with all of the good folks in Folk Rising...let's do it again soon!

New Photos from the TNT Poker Run

We had a great time performing for the good folks at Rhonda's Speakeasy- thanks to Jolie and everyone at New Perspectives for a good time. We have pics from the show up in our photo gallery courtesy of Crystal (whom Kelli has declared as our fan numero uno...) Hope to see you all on the 26th at the Chesterfield.

The New CD has arrived!

Hot off the press from Frisco and ready for your virgin ears! The New EP "Brand New Faith" will be sold at our live shows for $8 and will soon be up and running for internet/digital sales! These are limited edition so grab a copy while you can!

CD Release!

Our official CD Release will be at the fabulous CHesterfield in Sioux City IA on May 26th. Our brand new EP "Brand New Faith" will be on sale for $ well as a blistering roots rock performance you shouldn't miss. See you then...AMEN.

Downtown Riverwalk Folk Music Concert Series

Mat d. will perform on May 19th as a part of Folk Rising productions Downtown Riverwalk Concert Series. Musicians from the region have volunteered their time to perform these free and open to the public concerts showcasing singer/songwriters and folk musicians in Sioux Falls. For more information visit

(Crosses Fingers) Hello Nashville...

Image Hosted by Our official submission for the Americana Music Association was submitted TODAY! We've submitted for a live showcase in front of fellow artists, labels and industry leaders. Kurt, Jeff, Kelli and Mat are proud members of the AMA and hope to perform there at the end of October/Early November. Cross your fingers, say a prayer, have a beer and sing a muddy's to our Nashville debut in 2007! We'll keep you posted as soon as we hear the okay or nay...Until then. AMEN.

This Truck Makes More $$$ After Midnight

New song uploaded in the Music Section for the "Brand New Faith" EP...Enjoy!

Updates to the Music Section

The complete version/raw mix of "Betty Got Saved" is up and running on the site as well as some changes to some older material. "Rambling Mary Jane Walker" and "Bikini Bull Riding (acoustic)" are now available for free download 24/7 as well as some solo live recordings I've compiled from performances at the Chesterfield in Sioux City last year. Enjoy some free music courtesy of the Profane Saints...more to come. Until then, Amen.

Recording Sessions April 26th

Kelli again got us saying "WOW" and "K-Jo got the Mojo" on Thursday Night...all of the recording for the EP is virtually complete and we should have the album in hand by our May 12th Show at the TNT Poker Run at Rhondas Speakeasy. Here are some pics from the studio courtesy of Mr. Kurt 'The Doctor' Mullins. Clips of the new songs will be posted sometime this weekend.

Kelli Johnson at Fanny's

Had a great time sitting in with one Mr. Kelli Johnson last night at the fabulous Sweet Fanny's Pub. If you haven't taken in this guy's solo set you need to...his voice is remarkable. Great stuff...we're very happy he's chosen to be a part of the Profane Saints.

New Links

New links have been added to the website. Check out our friends and fellow musicians!

5 song EP to be released in 1 month!

That's right...five of the latest and greatest will be released from Mat d. and the Profane Saints in the month of May. The "Brand New Faith" EP will feature the following new tracks... 1.Lye Soap, Cigarettes and Gasoline 2.Betty Got Saved 3.This Truck Makes more $$$ After Midnight 4.Bound for Glory 5.Shine On Me The EP will be a limited edition preview of our full length album "Drive Thru Romance" which will feature up to 7-8 more depending on how ambitious we are. Sessions have been great so far, with the addition of Banjo courtesy of Mat d. and even some subtle violin work from Kurt. You're going to love it! The album, once completed will be available at all of our live shows, solo and with the band, as well as distribution through Itunes and a slew of other digital companies in the following months upon it's release (the digital set-up and marketing takes a few months...but never fear, it'll be incredible!) Be sure to grab your copy at a live gig near you. Until then...Amen.

Sweet Fanny's...

Can't say enough about the good folks at Sweet Fanny's Pub in Sioux City. Great food and good times. I've been playing there since 2003 and what can I say, it's my home away from home. Played an energetic set for a small but enthusiastic audience...a perfect way to close out a Saturday night. Special thanks to Garie Lewis, Kitty and Miki and all of the great staff and regulars I've been seeing monthly at the solo gigs. Everyone that lends their support helps me to continue to write and perform. Thank You. (photo by Kitty)

Friday Nights on the Promenade goes Profane...

Mat d. and the Profane Saints are Pleased to announce that they will be a part of this summer's Downtown concert course Friday Nights on the Promenade. The Saints will perform from 6pm-8pm on Friday August 31st. Thanks to Brent and Co. for making this possible!

Thank you Chesterfield and Scarlet Runner

Many thanks to the Chesterfield for being wonderful as always. Scarlet Tunner was fantastic! Very honored to have opened for them and for the overwhelmingly positive comments from the good folks that took in the solo set. We'll see you all at the Chesterfield in May.

Tracks available for purchase at

Tracks are now avaialble right here at Mat d and the Profane at only 99 cents per track SNOCAP/CD Baby has made it possible for us to sell directly from our website. The tracks are available in our STORE section

Friday April 6th...

Mat d. and the Profane Saints were scheduled to perform, but due to illness and circumstances beyond our control, the band is unable to perform Friday night. Mat d. will be performing solo at 9pm in support of SCARLET RUNNER, the Friday night headliner. Please keep our beloved guitarist Kelli Johnson in your thoughts and prayers for himself and his family.

Last minute gigs are always fun at the Chesterfield

Had a great time doing the solo thing at The Chesterfield Thursday night...Thank you to Rick and Co. for treating me so wonderfully as always...thanks to everyone who stuck around for the solo set. Great to meet Emily from Stealing Mercury, the strange Bongo playing boy and the couple that danced so soulfully to my acoustic bluesy rants...I love last minute gigs!

Thank You Sweet Fanny's and everyone who packed the house...

We all had great fun playing Sweet Fanny's on Saturday...THE HOUSE WAS PACKED!!! Tons of people, lots of good music and great times...sold a ton of merch (thank you! Hope to see you wearing the brand around town!) and had quite a few regular fans show their faces once again. We were overwhelmed with the positive vibe and the support of new and tried and true fans alike. We would have loved to play a second encore, but were thwarted by a man swing dancing with a barstool and the presence of a few of Sioux City's finest officers of the peace. None the less...THANK YOU to Kerry, Kathy and Co. for being such wonderful hosts as always, and to everyone who blessed us with an appearance. Hope to see you all at venue near you.

Shine on Me

The finished version of Shine on Me is up and running in the music section...Kelli Johnson has out done himself on this one folks! Check it out!

New Merch available at Live Appearances

T-shirts, Trucker Caps, Beanies and new stickers are in and will be on sale at the Sweet Fanny's Show this weekend. T-Shirts, Caps and Beanies are all Black with silver decoration, and we have new bumper stickers in 2 sizes in flame/orange and black and metallic silver. All items are under $15 and turned out wonderful! The people at QuickSigns and Stylish Stitches in Willmar, MN did a fantastic job getting all of our merch done in no time at all. Be sure to stop by the merch table and say hello to the lovely saleswomen before you clothe yourselves in holy profanity. AMEN.


A little bird told us that there is a very good chance we'll be playing a certain famous bike rally in a little town called Sturgis somewhere in South Dakota...but it's just a rumor so far...we'll keep you updated as more information is available. So far it looks like 4 shows during the rally at a few venues and or campgrounds. We will keep you aware of all goings on as they come to fruition.

Midwest Mayhem Date Change...

Just got word from the promoter and our friends in 66 Crush that Midwest Mayhem will now be held on June 2nd instead of June 30th. Music ranging from Metal, Jazz, Rock and whatever else will be on hand for this all day local music fest. Stay tuned for more details.

Recording Update

We've got a few songs for the new album complete. "Lye Soap Cigarettes and Gasoline" is done as well as "Bound for Glory" and both are available in streaming audio on the website 24/7. We started production on "This Truck makes more $$$ After Midnight" and so far so good-this one has some serious stank to it as Jeff puts it, so be on the look out for a raw preview soon! We've also begun recording new tracks on "Rambling Mary Jane Walker" and "Sideshow" for Small Town Burning Revisited. We're very pleased with the sound so far and Kelli's doing a great job on lead. We'll be starting on a few new songs including some of Kelli's work in the next few weeks including "Sanctified" , "Austin Texas Roadshow Queen" and "Resurrection Blvd" Look for the new album to be released in mid May or early June if all goes well. Stay tuned for more previews and more updates on the progress from the studio.

Lava Lounge with the Bottle Rockets...

MyIMGHost - Free Image Hosting We had a blast up in Sioux Falls this last weekend. It was not only great fun playing the fabulous Lava Lounge, but what an honor to open for the Bottle Rockets, who put on a great rockin' show. Good times were on hand, we hope to visit Sioux Falls again soon! We played a strong set, and the crowd was very, very supportive. Thanks to all of our Sioux Falls friends and family who came out and supported the Profane Saints.

Small Town Burning...Revisited

Small Town Burning...Revisted In the recent months since becoming a full time band, Mat d. and crew have decided that the orignal album "Small Town Burning" will no longer be available. Only a handful of copies remain, so if you'd like a copy BUY ONE NOW...after they're gone they will not be available for purchase by ANYONE. The remaining copies are in very short supply (less than 20 remain) and once they have sold, they will NEVER be pressed again. HOWEVER... MyIMGHost - Free Image Hosting The Profane Saints are pleased to announce that production has begun on "Small Town Burning...Revisited" featuring the new permanant line-up! We've been hard at work re-recording and re-working 6 of the old tunes for release in spring 2007 to coincide with our new CD "drive thru romance" Songs included on this new release include new versions of 1.Rambling Mary Jane Walker 2.Swivel Town 3.Carolina Home Wrecker's Blues 4. Bikini Bull Riding 5. Drinking Gin and Sipping Tea 6.Sideshow. These are brand new takes on what we've heard are our crowd favorites. This release will be sold for $10 and will be made available on a permanant basis. We hope you'll enjoy revisiting these songs as much as we enjoy making them better in every way.

Drive Thru Romance...the new album in Concept and Design

MyIMGHost - Free Image Hosting Highways. Blue Plate Specials. Quickies in the Backseat of a rusty old car...lost love, and Gasoline. I never meant to write a concept album of any sort, but it seems that lately, after reading over the lyrics for the new album that I may have indeed done just that. The title "Drive Thru Romance" is taken from the opening line of the first song "Lye Soap,Cigarettes and Gasoline", and I wanted to use it because I thought it sounded ruggedly authentic in what I was going for as far as a dark, moody theme, but again, after going over the lyrics and listening to what we've been working on together as of late, it seems perfectly suited for a dark ride down America's back roads of old time religion, superstition, redemption and personal revival. The album finds the band refining it's roots rock/Americana style all the while drawing from Insurgent Country, Folk and Blues influences to make some of the best music we've collectively worked on. What I've compiled here is are the stories behind the 12 songs to be included on the album to give those interested an idea of what we're accomplishing. 1.Lye Soap, Cigarettes and Gasoline... The record opens with a jolt of rockabilly fueled roots rock in the backseat of a highway serial killer's car...the song speaks from the killer's point of view "Her luck ran out in Omaha, I left her at a rundown dive motel" The character in the song keeps picking up freakish and easy women along the road, praying to his bobble head Jesus doll and concealing the evidence when he's had his fun. "I put Jesus on the dashboard, said me a prayer then I hooked up with another broad" The character has broken down to the three essentials of his existence...The lye soap to wash away the women, the cigarettes to calm his nerves, and the Gasoline that not only fuels the engine, but helps burn away the bodies. "Lye Soap Cigarettes and Gasoline, good Lord I've broken down to give the devil he's due pretty mamma, then come on home and you can give the rest to me." 2.Shine On Me... A long bluesy rant from the trailer parks, truck stops, and bedrooms of white trash America. From the "Doomsday preachers at Topless double features" to the "Trannies at the truck stops putting on their make-up"...This song not only celebrates the fringe of this great land of ours, but also steals a line from a familiar Sunday School hymn, supplying a redemptive silver lining in the dark, out of view and fringe elements from the saved and the lost of 21st century America. Whether it's the devil dying his hair blonde, or Judas heading to Vegas to find a little soul...salvation is found when we all let our lights shine. AMEN. 3.This Truck Makes more $$$ After Midnight... While on a road trip up to visit my parents in Minnesota, I was traveling behind a Semi Truck with the message stuck to the back of his trailer reading "ATTENTION: This Truck Makes More $$$ After Midnight"...I was inspired to write a song about a trucker driving somewhere between Heaven and Hell, crossing the yellow line between damnation and paradise..."If the Good Lord makes me holy, he's going to wash away my sin...I'm going back into Hell until I don't feel well and then I'm flying up to Heaven again"...only later did I discover that the phrase holds multiple meanings in the trucking business, from bootlegging, hauling illegal drugs, prostitution and riding on the back roads and rural highways to avoid the Department of Trucking...I think I got the point...this has quickly become a band favorite. 4.Bound for Glory... In the summer of 2006, Jeff, Kurt and I were sitting on the back porch and recalling our old part time jobs from highschool and younger, more innocent times. Jeff told me about a motel that doubled as the greyhound bus stop in Sioux City called the "Bus Stop Motel" If memory serves. He got a job cleaning up and helping out when he was needed...He said "...the place smelled like stale piss and broken dreams.." That's what inspired me to write this one. It's about being at your lowest point, but realizing that someday, beyond hope and circumstance, you'll find peace and redemption. "Follow me to the old railroad station, lay me down at the end of my this train is still bound for glory, despite all of our rambling ways..." I was heavily inspired by Woody Guthrie on this one...I wanted to convey my faith and belief in the fact that indeed, despite struggle and hard times...we're all "Bound for Glory". Thanks Mr. Guthrie. 5.Resurrection Boulevard...Let's face it, what kind of album could you have without a kick ass dirty Gospel song...? "Resurrection Boulevard" combines gospel sentiments, with cold hard insurgent country rock n' rhythm...think of it as a scene form a mythological Armageddon...when the saints and sinners rise from the grave to reclaim the boulevard from the living...Unread Gospel? WHY THE HELL NOT!? "I've got a hussie with a halo she's been treating me fine, we're gonna ride that Mother F**her to the end of the line...they say that train , train, train is glory bound..." Irreverent and yet uplifting...this song not only speaks of resurrection, forbidden love, lust and faith, but manages to tear the roof off of your inhibitions. Hallelujah...pass the bottle. 6 Austin Texas Roadshow Queen... "I'm going down to Austin Texas, gonna find myself a Roadshow Queen" A fantasy trip down south to find an exotic woman while rambling with the devil, in the midst of finding that old time religion to "cure what's ailing me" I've always enjoyed the music from Mississippi Hill Country... Artists like R.L. Burnside, Watermelon Slim and Jimbo Mathus have inspired me in recent years, as well as acoustic blues master Guy Davis...this is my song celebrating tattooed women, sin and salvation on the road down south. As blue as the state allows.... 7.Betty Got Saved.. My song to the eternal spirit of the pin-up doll Betty Page. After posing for controversial S&M pictorials and gracing the covers of the undergorund and leading men's magazines...Betty Page found Jesus, and turned traded her fishnets, rubber balls and feathers for a life of Bible tracts and modesty. "Now that Betty's gone to Jesus that poor devil's gonna break down and Cry..." The dark side lost a fallen angel...heaven welcomed a prodigal daughter back...and the world will never be the same. Betty Page will always remain an icon of sexuality, scandal and freedom from the stiff necked, straight laced and conservative times that led to the sexual's hoping I've done her justice with this number. 8. Roadside Revival... "they've got a Neon Cross flaking on the highway..." States the opening line of the irreverent "Roadside Revival"...a shout to the big tent religious revivals of the early 20th century with a pagan and sinful slant...from the "waitress in the pink dress swinging with a vengeance" to the "newborn devil dancing in the fire" this rocking' blues offering features not only a classic feel and sound reminiscent of Howlin' Wolf and Willie Dixon with lyrical inspiration from Dylan and Lou Reed...but conveys a message of salvation through sin...A lover becomes redemption in the backseat on the side of the road...heaven is attained on earth...revival is found at the roadside with passion's release "before I die...I'm gonna find survival...our Roadside Revival" Instead of a big tent and lusty preachers, it's a congregation of two in a big black "straight six miracle sent to us from heaven above". Salvation never felt so good. 9. American Eulogy... "All night travel plazas shine their spirit the unread soul crusaders passing by...they're calling them to join that sinner's rendevous, while America the beautiful lays down to die..." A moody, dark and dreary song about the state of the Union, beyond political and social parties and sentiments combined with a personal editorial of sorts. This country will die in some way form or fashion...let's face it...countries do circumstances. We either roll with the punches or meet our destruction. This song represents a mythical eulogy of sorts for the end. Referring to America the beautiful as a weathered and wounded lover, crawling "across the blood stained, cracked linoleum towards the glory of it all" Religious imagery held together by death and despair.. Delusional visions of greatness from a dive bar..."Until the day we find America the beautiful outside the gates of hell". I'm looking forward to collaborating with Damien from Mt.Suzuki on this one...should end up sounding unlike anything you've heard from us. 10.North Star... I wrote this one for my wife. In 2003, reflecting on the death of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan was quoted a s saying "John was the North Star, you could guide your ship by him"...that's how I feel about Molly Marie - my Irish fireball, my lover, my friend and confidant in good times and bad. Molly and I met each other at the perfect time, each of us with our tarnished halos and unique heartaches. It's amazing what love, understanding and friendship can do for the soul. I've written and re-written this song 3 or 4 times to try to convey my feelings for this remarkable woman that I share my life with, it's certainly proven one of the most difficult and time consuming songs I've ever had the privilege of writing...hopefully, I'll be able to show the world what I feel for the love of my life. I love you will always be my "North Star".. 11.Sanctified...When the Profane Saints reformed as a full time band, we were lucky enough to find the perfect guitarist to round out our new line-up. Kelli Johnson wrote this blistering blues rock monster and sings it with enough conviction and raw power to raise the dead. This song got it's beginning in Kelli's band the Rhythm Jacks, and we're proud to carry the torch and keep the fire burning...this one is bound to be one of the best cuts off of the album...Hell, it's the best song I never wrote...I'm certainly glad Kelli did! 12.City By the Sea The band needed a grassroots, raw and punk driven folk anthem...and this is it. City by the Sea closes the album with a classic folk ditty about Mermaids that run off with the devil, angels that lose their wings and that lost paradise for a wandering soul known simply as "The City By the Sea"...this one has quickly become a crowd favorite at live shows and displays a light, worry free side of the new line-up. We had fun on this one and it's not hard to hear! Equal parts Guthrie and the Replacements or The Drop Kick Murphys and Pete Seeger rolling down the dusty streets towards pay's our offering to the cannons of American folk music. AMEN. So there you have it...Drive Thru Romance, We can't wait to take you for a ride! We'll post new mixes and recordings ASAP...stay tuned and check in on us at Now go rest your eyes.

Kelli Johnson - Sweet Fanny's Pub March 31

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40,000 hits and counting!

The site has been getting it's fair share of traffic in the past few months...over 40,000 hits have been recorded between December 2006 and February 2007!!! Many of you are enjoying the free live tracks we've got available for download and the new music/raw mixes we've made available in streaming audio 24/7. Thank you for visiting our little hole in the wall on the world wide web...

A little bit of that Mt. Suzuki Sax please...

Proud to announce that Damien from Mt. Suzuki will be adding some Saxophone to the new album! Damien's flair for performance and his skill on the Sax are outstanding and we're very glad he'll be joining us in the studio soon...long live Mt. Suzuki!

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New Song...

We've got another raw mix from the studio posted on the website, "City By the Sea" features not only a drunk chorus, (courtesy of the Full Gospel Motel Singers) but some of the best drumming I've heard out of Deignan yet... ALSO... got a contact today for STURGIS...might turn out to be pretty cool (Thanks Dave and Erica!) we'll keep you posted.

And the Bronze goes to...

Thanks to everyone who voted for Mat d in the Siouxland's Choice Awards for 2007...Mat d. placed 3rd in the best musician/band category along with those wonderful fellas in the Kelly Quinn Band (who got #1!!!) and veteran rockers the Magnificent Board of Directors...(#2) The Profane Saints are mighty proud! Here's hoping Mt. Suzuki wins next year!!! -D. to see the results visit MyIMGHost - Free Image Hosting

Thanks NineBullets!

Mat d. and the Profane Saints received a very positive write up at Nine Bullets is a popular music blog that has run the gammet from Metal, Alt. Country, Roots Rock and even some Old Timey...other bands recently featured on the site are Nashville Pussy, Slayer, Old Crow Medicine Show, and the Drive By Truckers...I've been enjoying the hell out of this site for weeks now...check it out! You can link directly to Nine Bullets on this site through our Links page.

Free Download from "drive thru romance"

An alternate mix of the ballad "Bound For Glory" has been made permanantly available at Simply visit our music section and download to your hearts content. Hope you enjoy.

New Merch Coming Soon

The T-shirts have finally been ordered as well as more Trucker Caps due to popular demand...The Profane Saints will unveil their latest merch at The Lava Lounge on March 10th and March 24th at Sweet Fanny's in Sioux City (see calendar for details...) Trucker caps will be available in black with the silver "D" devil/halo logo and the T-shirts will look like the image below, available in L and XL, with a silver on black T. We also will continue to sell our orange and black logo/bumper stickers, small for $1, and large for $3 at our shows. Adorn yourself with profanity...and look like a saint. (No martyrs please...) Free Image Hosting at

New Year...New Look...New Music.

The website has a new 'darker' look...we like it and we hope you do too, it's all tied into the the theme of the next album, which so far is sounding far superior to the first. More focus and more energy. 3 songs are pretty much complete for the new album 'drive thru romance'...we're thinking there will be 12 songs on this one...(for samples of what we've completed so far, visit the music section!) The songs have more of a definitve sound to them and we've been very happy with the result so far. Jeff and Kurt are laying down some seriously infectious grooves, and Kelli is adding a new found focus and rougher edge in the guitar department, as well as supplying some great songwriting skills-with stellar vocals to boot. We should have a couple more ready this month and we're looking forward to giving you all a preview. Until then...take care and stay well.


I've been writing a ton over the last few weeks and it's feeling great. I'll be posting some new demos soon (when I have the time...) Got a ballad called "Betty Got Saved" based on the Notorious Betty Page, "Roadside Revival"..along bluesy rant that will soon feature Kelli Johnson on lead vocals- "Bankrupt Soul" which ties in with some Sioux City landmarks from the past and present and few of Kelli's songs that he's given me some freedom with. All in all, February has been very rewarding and I'm very thankful to everyone who have supported our shows, collective and solo in the last few months. Among these are the Tera, Bob, Chuck, Kaitlyn, Brooke, Benny, Dead Man's Hand, 66 Crush, Mt. Suzuki, the Kelly Quinn Band, and too many others to mention. We greatly appreciate your support.

Thank You Pete's 20th

A big thank you and a hearty "HELL YEAH!" to Dead Man's Hand (who are louder than hell! Great energy!) and 66 Crush (Loved the Zeppelin Intro! Good Stuff!)...and a very special thank you to everyone who came out to see us all at Pete's 20th in Sioux City. We had an ear splitting great time! We'll be making our next appearance in Sioux Falls at the Lava Lounge in support of the Bottle Rockets, and we'll return to Sioux City for an evening at the fabulous Pub known as Sweet Fanny's on March 24. Hope to see you all there!

Thank You Rhonda's...

We didn't impress any cowboys, but word has it we rocked the house last night at Rhonda's Speakeasy (Special Thanks to the Kelly Quinn Band for hosting us, and to Rhonda for being so gracious...) We saw some famialiar faces in the crowd and had a great time...we hope to do it again soon! Hell, from what we heard, adudeeven rode a horse through the bar. (GOSPEL TRUTH.) Only in Iowa....

New Live Dates added

More shows have been added in the live section of the website...the Profane Saints will open for the Bottle Rockets on March 10th in Sioux Falls at the Lava Lounge. Also, guitarist Kelli Johnson will perform solo at Sweet Fanny's in Sioux City on Feb 17th from 10pm-Midnight...count on us to make the whole month profane and rockin'!

New Music!

The latest and greatest new song is on display in the music section. "Shine on Me" is a very raw cut from the new album coming soon in 2007. Kelli has yet to add his touch to wrap this this one up...but we wanted you to hear it...hope you enjoy!

Opening for the Bottle Rockets at the Lava Lounge in Sioux Falls

Mat d. and the Profane Saints are scheduled to open for U.S. recording artists The Bottle Rockets on Saturday March 10th at the Lava Lounge in Sioux Falls. We'd love to see all of our Sioux Falls crew in the house...mark your calendars now!

Pics of Kelli's acoustic show are now up!

Thanks to our good friends in the Machette Mammas (They're the Best!) You now have new pics of Kelli Johnson with a little help from the D from the January 20th Kelli Johnson Acoustic Show. Thanks to everyone who came out for the gig! Mark your calendars Saints and Sinners...Our first show together featuring Kelli Johnson on lead guitar and additional Vox is in less than a week...We'd love to see you there!

Viva Las Vegas Kurt Mullins!

Kurt's Vegas photos are posted for your viewing pleasure...and yes...Bikini Bull Riding is very real!

New Live Track Available...

"Sweet Louise", the song Mat penned about Hurricane Katrina is now available for free download. The recording is from a recent live performance at the Chesterfield in Sioux City, IA. For more info about the Chesterfield visit

Thank You Sioux City!

A big thank you to all who came out and packed the house at Sweet Fanny's last night! The support was much appreciated! The first performance of the new line-up is just around the corner! The Profane Saints are pleased to be a part of a benefit show featuring Mt. Suzuki and 66 Crush in honor of Lea Jacobs who was injured in an auto accident. 10% of all Profane Saints' CD's and Merchandise Sales will be donated to Lea. $10 at the door gets you a great night of music for a good cause. Visit the Live! Section of the website for show details.

Live recordings available for FREE download!

Live recordings from the Chesterfield are up and running on the music to your hearts content!

Strangling the Donkey on a Thursday

Thanks to Mike and Co. at Donkey Strangler Records for the show at the Chesterfield. Good times were seemingly present and it cool to see some familiar faces...ALSO...Live tracks from the show will be available for download shortly! Casey and Jake also had good sets and it was a cool night of some laid back acoustic sounds.

Baby Pics!

The latest pics of baby d are up and running in the Photo section! Ain't she a looker!

Mermaid EP only $6

The Mermaid EP is now available through CD for only $6. This album is permanantly out of print and will only be available for a short time...grab 5 tunes of some kick ass americana and roots rock for that special someone or yourself if you're's great to dance naked to (trust us.) visit to order.

New addition to the d family

Mat d. and his wife welcomed a baby daughter into the world on December 19th. Mom and baby are doing great!

Live Shows Updated...

More Live dates have been confirmed and are now posted in the Live! section of the sure to stop on out and say hello!

The Profane Saints on KVRX Austin Texas!

The Profane Saints are rolling in Austin, TX..."Rambling Mary Jane Walker" has been featured on KVRX at the University of Texas. The song was featured on December 7th on the "South Side of the Tracks" radio program heard Thursdays from 7-9am.... here's a link to the station on the web! HELLO AUSTIN!

Good Show..Good Friends!

Thanks to Bob, Kelli, Bill and most of all Molly d (Love You!) for showing up at the solo show last evening...sold a couple discs, sold a couple hats...rocked a couple numbers. Great to see everyone and it felt good to perform after a short absence from playing gigs.

Short Write Up at

Here's what songsillinoismp3 had to say about the new CD - " Mat d. & the Profane Saints hail from Sioux City and their new record came out Oct. 28. It's peopled with sideshow freaks, hard luck losers, prostitutes and drag queens. Musically it's got a bad case of hardcore-rockabilly-infused rock `n roll." visit this music/blog site for hip commentary and some nice write-ups on up and coming releases

New Merchandise!

Trucker Caps will be in on Friday! Should have them up and selling ASAP. The Caps are black with the Silver "D" devil/halo logo. Order info will be posted soon! Also- you may have noticed if you've tried to order a CD from CD that the we're SOLD OUT! Not to worry...a new shipment went out Thursday....just in time for Festivus, Christmas and National "I wish I weren't an Agnotstic but I still am" Day...if you haven't snagged a copy yet...GO FOR IT! In the words of St. Thomas Aquinas..."we'd really appreciate it."

Digital Downloads...Sites and Locations

Here is a comprehensive list of where The Profane Saints' music is available...why make these sites known? Because it can save you $$$ seeing as a physical CD can cost you up to 15 bucks minus shipping...and most of the tracks sold on these sites are only 99 cents each! If you visit these sites and the album is not available, it could take from 2 weeks to a matter of months before it goes live, as it's a long process to get this going...but thank God we have! Our distributor (the great and powerful CD BABY) has told us to be patient and so we pass that message on to you! Here goes: Small Town Burning has been delivered to the following internet music sites and should be on sale (If patient! It'll be up soon!) MusicIsHere MusicNet GreatIndieMusic Rhapsody BuyMusic MP3-Extension Puretracks Napster Sony Connect AudioLunchbox Apple iTunes Inprodicon PassAlong PayPlay Bitmunk Sonific Interia Daiki GroupieTunes DigitalKiosk RuleRadio The 5 song Mermaid EP has been delivered to the following sites: Apple iTunes Sony Connect Rhapsody GreatIndieMusic MusicNow MP3tunes MusicNet Verizon Wireless AudioLunchbox TastyAudio Interia Tradebit BuyMusic MusicIsHere GroupieTunes Muze Ruckus PeerImpact Puretracks MP3-Extension Napster Inprodicon PayPlay PassAlong Bitmunk Sonific DigiPie Daiki DigitalKiosk RuleRadio Visit the site of your a little hard earned cash...and rock out with the Saints! Amen.

Sioux City Journal Article

There's an article being posted/printed in the Sioux City Journal about Mat d. and the Profane Saints. The Interview for the article was written before all of the recent developments, disbanding, and regrouping in the Profane Saints, so it may not make much sense to some of you, however Mat was very honored to be interviewed by the Journal and will post the article on this site as soon as it's available. In the meantime, you can catch a glimpse of Mat d. live on video courtesy of the Sioux City Journal at check it out!

The Profane Saints New Line-Up for 2007

The Profane Saints have reformed! Jeff & Kurt have been in communication with Mat and have decided to give it a shot! Along with former memebers Kurt Mullins on Bass and Jeff Deignan on Drums, Mat d. is proud to announce that Siouxland's own Kelli Johnson will be the new lead guitarist and back-up vocalist for the band. Look for live performances and the possibility of new music in 2007. (For more info, visit the Bio section of the site...individual bios coming soon...)

Mat d. and the Profane Saints on Napster! now has a few more albums by none other than the Profane Saints on Sale NOW! Visit and get your much needed dose of Roots Rock and know you want to!

New Demos Posted

New Demos from Mat d. have been posted...a couple of 4 Track Recordings with Acoustic Guitar and Vocals featuring some of his latest material and listen to your hearts content. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Great Show in Pierson, Iowa

Special thanks go to all at Night Crew, Inc. in Pierson...Mat d. rocked the joint with his own brand of acoustic blues and roots rock. He even got a hip T-shirt out of the deal! Special thanks is also due to the Mayor of Pierson one Mr. Mad Max for much encouragement and picking up a coveted copy of Small Town Burning...

New Merchandise!

The Mat d. Trucker Cap is now being manufactured as you read this little tidbit of D news...Silver Devil Halo Logo embroidered on a high quality Trucker Cap for all you Americana fashion whores and well, truckers alike. Ordering info will be up ASAP!

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Want to download the new CD "small Town Burning..."? just go to and fill 'er up! More info on additional sites where the digital downloads will be available soon...

Interview at Sioux City Journal

Mat d. completed an interview at the Sioux City Journal today that will be featured on the front page of the November 29th issue (or that's what they tell me!) Thanks to John and the staff at the Journal for their time and hospitality...!

Profane Saints disband...

The Profane Saints have disbanded. Mat d. will continue to pursue musical efforts as a solo artist. will serve as his homepage on the web. Mat wishes his former bandmates well and looks forward to the future.

Small Town Burning...on ITunes

Small Town Burning is now available at ITunes, 10 songs for $9.90 or 99 cents each. The Mermaid EP is also available. You can find the digital albums by clicking into the "Buy Music" menu on this website. Mat is currently at work recording demos for a follow up CD (won't be realized for a long time...just demos!) Will post them as soon as they are complete. Hope to see you all at the next few shows....December 8th will be the last performance of the year. (See the Calendar for show times and Locations.)

It's all good...

The CD Release has come and gone...Many thanks to all who made an appearance and bought a little piece of Profane History! Thanks to all who showed up and appreciated the sound. Check out the new Photo Galleries and Links...lots of new stuff here on the site...also...stay tuned for new solo recordings (more news later on that...)

Small Town Burning Review

Jim " Don't let the bastards get you down" Pipkin from Phoenix, Arizona has kindly offered to review our brand new slice of electrified americana at an americana music website that's cool with us rugged, rootsy music lovers. The review will be published on October 23...stay tuned for what is promising to be a great review! The Profane Saints thank You Jim! Oh yeah...Don't let the bastards get you down!

Small Town Burning on Sale at CD Baby

Check out the new Lp "Small Town Burning" at CD Baby! You can preview all the songs before you buy...that's right...we tease you before you have a copy in your gloriously sinful hands! Hear what all the buzz is about! Check out the Products section at for more info!

Full Length debut is complete!

It's's's done! (THANK GOD!!!) "Small Town Burning..." is the officail title of the full length debut from Mat d. and the Profane Saints. The album will be released on October 28th at Sweet Fanny's Pub in Sioux City....Can't wait!


Our debut EP is now onsale and swingin' at CD best little indie music store on the web (check it out for yourself folks! Our EP is being made available for the low price of $8 which buys you 5 songs worth of Roots Rock Heaven...grab your copy today!!!!

Many up and coming appearances...

Mat d. and the Profane Saints are pleased to annouce that their song "Rambling MAry JAne Walker" will be featured on the Z-98 Underground on August 13th! Be sure to listen to the show on Sunday night at 7pm...or listen online at Also- lots of shows coming up...a couple of performances at the Floyd Blvd. Farmer's Market as well as 4 new dates at the fab. Sweet Fanny's Pub. Just finished a new song title "The Full Gospel Motel" which is now featured at be sure to check it out!

Boxcar Serenade updates...

The new LP in the works titled "Boxcar Serenade" is coming along well, featuring the fabulous production talents of Kurt Mullins...tonight we breezed through an acoustic number called "My Soul to Blame" and layed down some sweet guitar licks coutesy of Mike Langley. The album is scheduled for release in October 2006.

Chesterfield July 4th

Had a great solo gig at the Chesterfield ( which included a small and very appreciative crowd at the Booze and Blues picnic...Thanks so much to Brent, Rick and Co. for the invite and the great food. Be sure to check out Siouxland's premier music club for some of the best blues, rock and independent bands in the U.S....

Saturday in the Park 2006

Had a great time at Saturday in the Park 2006...Jeff, Kurt, Mike and Bob were the best!!! We played a short but fun filled set featuring tunes off of the new EP (which by the way is on sale via digital download at!!!) If you were at the show...we thank you for your support of independent music! Hope to see you all this summer at a show near you. Be sure to stay tuned for new show dates and updates on the full length album "Boxcar Serenade"...until next time-much peace and love...Mat d. July 2006

New CD on Sale at Uncle Johns Records

Uncle Johns Records in Sioux City Iowa now carries the new Mat d. and the Profane Saints sure to stop out at the store and check out the great selection of Rock, Alternative and Independent music. Uncle Johns is located at 5th and Court Sioux City, IA 712 277 3922


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