Cancelled – Dirt Road Opera – July 4, 2020

Cancelled – Dirt Road Opera – July 4, 2020




Dirt Road Opera’s journey began back in 2016 when Rachel Matkin and Barry Mathers once again teamed up to make music.

The two had previously worked together on three albums by the Cruzeros, a Canadian country band. Barry was the singer and songwriter and Rachel sang harmonies on many of the songs. Their mutual love of music by the likes of Buddy and Julie Miller, Steve Earl, John Prine, Fred Eaglesmith, Gillian Welch and many more inspired  them to start writing and recording an album of their own. Musicians came and went as the band developed a distinctive sound. Dirt Road Opera solidified it’s core when Jim Ryan, also a former member of the Cruzeros became the third member of the trio.

Skip ahead three years and after countless hours in Barry’s home studio, Redhouse Recording and an album was finally finished. 

Rachel and Barry’s voices have always had that special “thing” when they sing together and Jim’s third part brings it all home. With the additional support of some great studio players: Scotty Gamble; John Ellis; Matt Kelly; Andrew Smith and Gary Smyth, the songs on Nowheresville have a sound that is distinctive and satisfying. Every track brings something new to the table. Pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, drums and rock and roll guitars all wind their way through a diverse collection of songs, with the trio’s vocals being the common thread that ties it all together.