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March 4, 2004

If you go

You can catch Matthew Golay with Jason Lipsky at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ned Kelly's, 223 N. Washington St., Green Bay.

Who: Matthew Golay

A quick history: With rock star aspirations dancing in his head, Oshkosh musician Golay used paper route money to buy his first guitar when he was 13. After dabbling in punk and metal as a teenager, Golay "mellowed out" to make a brief, uninspired foray into retail.

Over the past four years, the 29-year-old musician has been on the road at every turn, releasing three albums while touring in state for close to 800 shows. Golay also started his own management firm, TMJ Productions, six months ago while continuing to host weekly open mic sessions and play acoustic gigs.

Sound: Golay's decision to take the solo acoustic route has enabled him to be a little more introspective and dig his teeth into songwriting, much like primary influence Dave Matthews. In fact, Golay's body of work has often been compared to Matthews. .

"I've always been the primary songwriter of the bands I've been in, so I just decided to go on my own for a bit," Golay said. "The experience is more raw and personal. Basically, you can do any song you have in your head and just take it from there. With a band, it's obviously a different kind of energy."

Set list sampler:Golay likes to sprinkle hits and lesser-known tracks from Matthews into his set. He's also a big fan of the occasional Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash tune.

Originals: You'll likely hear tracks off Golay's 2002 album "Alone" and some new material that could be set for release this summer.

"I always tell people my songs are about life, love and reality. A lot are about life experiences that I feel everyone can relate to. They're not all sad, not all happy. It's a little of both."

What to expect from the live show: "Excitement. Fun. I try to play songs people want to hear and hopefully will enjoy. Basically, it's good music to listen to while having fun drinking at the bar."

Favorite part of having a dual music career:"As far as playing, I just love the gratification of writing a song. It's like putting a puzzle together and you play it out to see if it works, if it all fits. As for the business side, I enjoy watching the local music scene work. When I was younger, I was part of it, so I like to still be involved and try and help other bands be successful."

Regular gigs: 10 p.m. Mondays at Barley & Hops, 663 N. Main St., Oshkosh; 10 p.m. Tuesdays at Paper City Pub, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah.

Green Bay Press Gazette - March 4, 2004
Thomas Rozwadowski trozwado@greenbaypressgazette.com

If you go

You can catch Matthew Golay with Jason Lipsky at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ned Kelly's, 223 N. Washington St., Green Bay.

Who: Matthew Golay

A quick history: With rock star aspirations dancing in his head, Oshkosh musician Golay used paper route money to buy his first guitar when he was 13. After dabbling in punk and metal as a teenager, Golay "mellowed out" to make a brief, uninspired foray into retail.

Over the past four years, the 29-year-old musician has been on the road at every turn, releasing three albums while touring in state for close to 800 shows. Golay also started his own management firm, TMJ Productions, six months ago while continuing to host weekly open mic sessions and play acoustic gigs.

Sound: Golay's decision to take the solo acoustic route has enabled him to be a little more introspective and dig his teeth into songwriting, much like primary influence Dave Matthews. In fact, Golay's body of work has often been compared to Matthews. .

"I've always been the primary songwriter of the bands I've been in, so I just decided to go on my own for a bit," Golay said. "The experience is more raw and personal. Basically, you can do any song you have in your head and just take it from there. With a band, it's obviously a different kind of energy."

Set list sampler: Golay likes to sprinkle hits and lesser-known tracks from Matthews into his set. He's also a big fan of the occasional Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash tune.

Originals: You'll likely hear tracks off Golay's 2002 album "Alone" and some new material that could be set for release this summer.

"I always tell people my songs are about life, love and reality. A lot are about life experiences that I feel everyone can relate to. They're not all sad, not all happy. It's a little of both."

What to expect from the live show: "Excitement. Fun. I try to play songs people want to hear and hopefully will enjoy. Basically, it's good music to listen to while having fun drinking at the bar."

Favorite part of having a dual music career: "As far as playing, I just love the gratification of writing a song. It's like putting a puzzle together and you play it out to see if it works, if it all fits. As for the business side, I enjoy watching the local music scene work. When I was younger, I was part of it, so I like to still be involved and try and help other bands be successful."

Regular gigs: 10 p.m. Mondays at Barley & Hops, 663 N. Main St., Oshkosh; 10 p.m. Tuesdays at Paper City Pub, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah.

Green Bay Press Gazette - March 4, 2004
Thomas Rozwadowski trozwado@greenbaypressgazette.com

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