Folk Roots Radio Episode 420: feat. Jesse Matas & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 420: feat. Jesse Matas & More New Releases

Jesse Matas joins us on Episode 420 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his great new solo album “Tamarock”, our favourite album of 2018. Jesse Matas has a great vocal style, and the album features some fine playing, with a lovely sonic palate and a production that really gives all the instruments space to breath. But, above all, it’s full of really interesting songs with great lyrical imagery – and that’s what makes this album a recording that you really need to check out. You can listen to the rest of our Top Ten favourite albums of the year on Episode 417, and The Next 15 on Episode 418. We also take a look at more of the new music we’ve received, and this time around we check out albums from Johnsmith, Paul & Trevor Mills, Youngtree and The Blooms, Rich Krueger, The Slocan Ramblers and Wes Collins. Check out the full playlist below.


Recorded (mostly) live-off-the-floor at Private Ear Recording in Winnipeg MB, Tamarock is Jesse Matas’ first release since 2014’s “Thank You, I’m Sorry”, the third album from The Crooked Brothers. Check out our full interview with Jesse Matas HERE. Visit Jesse Matas online at


You can listen to this episode again on Soundcloud by following the link below. You can also listen to episodes of Folk Roots Radio, on demand, via iTunes, Stitcher and Tune-in Radio. (Click on the highlighted link to reach your chosen platform.)


Nicolas & The Iceni
Lucy She Rises (Theme)
Roll Right (2018, self)

Fallow Season
Ginkgo (2017, Blue Pine Music)

Paul & Trevor Mills
This Boat That I Built With My Father (2017, Self) CDN

Youngtree and The Blooms
She Found Me
Musical Chairs (2018, Self) CDN

Rich Krueger
Nowthen (2018, Rockin’K Music)

The Slocan Ramblers
Down In The Sugarbush
Queen City Jubilee (2018, SloMusic) CDN

Jesse Matas
Tamarock (2018, Self) CDN

Interview: Jesse Matas discussing new album “Tamarock” (2018, Self) CDN.

Jesse Matas
Walking Human
Tamarock (2018, Self) CDN

Jesse Matas
Before, We
Tamarock (2018, Self) CDN

Wes Collins
I Love You Guys
Welcome To The Ether (2018, Nosy Dog Records)

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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