Tall Tales & Plain Lies
'Tall Tales & Plain Lies' is Matthew Fox's second solo release and features 13 of his acclaimed original songs. Matthew was joined by legendary violinist and mandolinist Peter Ostroushko, bassist Gary Raynor from A Prairie Home Companion and harmonica wizard Clint Hoover on this CD. More info coming soon! 'Georgia-born, Texas-bred, Minnesota-anchored singer-songwriter Matthew Fox established himself as a fine guitarist and singer on his 2002 debut album. On his new Tall Tales & Plain Lies (self-released) Fox makes a good case for himself as a compelling storyteller in the great Texas tradition. Especially vivid tales from the album include the twisted amour depicted in 'West Texas Love Story' and the harrowing and bloody 'Another Murder Song.' Sporting influences ranging from blues to bluegrass, he's perhaps at his best when invoking a bit of western swing and the wry wit of somebody like Lyle Lovett, whom he sometimes uncannily resembles vocally. If anything, Fox's picking prowess gets a little overlooked here, although there are scattered flashes of jazz and country-inspired interplay with Peter Ostroushko's fiddle and mandolin.' -Rick Mason, City Pages 'A-List' (Mpls.), 12/1/04 'Fox's second album is a set of well-crafted originals, most of which are well informed by various traditional styles. A fine writer, Fox is particularly effective in story-telling songs. Fox has a voice that holds the listener's attention, his guitar playing is very good and he gets some excellent support from Peter Ostroushko, Gary Raynor and Clint Hoover.' -SingOut! Magazine, Winter 2005.