Singer-Songwriter Mathew deRiso
"It’s a crying shame that the world at large isn’t familiar with this guy yet. It’s time for that to change. Country, Americana, Southern rock, call it what you want to call it. I’ll just call it bad-ass."
-Fred Phillips somethingelsereviews.com
Dubbed as the "Hemingway of the Highway" by fans, singer-songwriter Mathew deRiso has written, recorded and performed original music since 2006. Vocalist and principle songwriter for the roots rock band The Profane Saints from 2006-2019, Mat is currently at work on his first solo album since 2010's critically acclaimed "Plank Road Drag". Critics have hailed him as "A Young Steve Earle with a more powerful set of Pipes" "Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Rob Zombie" and "Gritty, Soulful Hard Luck Americana" Mat has shared the stage with Chuck Berry, the Neville Brothers, David Alan Coe, John Hiatt, Stoney LaRue, Cody Johnson, The Bottle Rockets, Bruce Hornsby, Michael McDermott, Ziggy Marley, The Reverend Horton Heat, Bonnie Raitt and the Avett Brothers.
In 2006, Mat D became the principle songwriter, acoustic guitarist and vocalist for Mat D and the Profane Saints. Several albums followed to critical acclaim, international radio airplay and regional success. The band performed and toured throughout Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota before disbanding in early 2019.
Mat lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His most recent album PHANTOM LOCOMOTIVE, was released on 2021. He is currently at work on a new album for release in 2023.
"I've been in and around music and the business of music, since the early 1970's. In all that time I've heard a lot of bad music, a lot of good music but very little GREAT music. This is GREAT music; well written, well played, solidly produced...from beginning to end the finest example of Americana Rockabilly I have ever heard... It stacks up with Haggard, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and kicks the liver out of most major label attempts in this genre"
- Jim Pipkin Hickorywind.org
"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 tells it like it is and don’t hold anything back. Golden-eared afternoon jock at KMIT, “Hot Country,” 105.9 FM Mitchell, South Dakota, Joel “Big J” Van Dover says, “During today’s age of ‘Bro’ Country, an artist like Mat D is the ultimate musical refreshment for those of us that crave real, heartfelt, from the gut music. It’s storytelling at its best, and Mat D’s heart and voice bleeds truth when he sings.”
Van Dover continues, “I’ve been in country radio for 30-plus years, and the best and most moving acoustic performance I’ve had live on the air is Mat D...Music to me is supposed to be about truth, and Mat D’s version of the truth and world as he sees it makes for gripping music that restores my faith in tight bands and true songwriters. What I really like about them, I don’t know what genre to place them in. That to me is the true art of the world of music."
-Duane Doobie Radio Info Magazine