A Nomad of Heart:
His youth belies the experience that infuses his songwriting and performance style.
Folk-Rock singer/songwriter and active musicologist, Matthew Griswold, is currently playing hundreds of his modern day minstrel-
like shows each year. Though a “solo” performer in trade title, he carries a chorus of layered guitars and an array of dynamic vocal
themes. Those elements are all then supported by a boot strapped foot stomping on a cigar box foot drum keeping a sacred element
to the music. Griswold's performances are rugged, haunting, howling, bone-shaking affairs where all of the grit and soul of a man
who has seen the war torn battlefields of Iraq, yet still sought hope after the worst of it's tragedies, are brought forth through one
voice and one guitar. He confidently leaves his crowds cradled in subtleties, but rocked with an undeniable presence. Those who
witness him live, will experience a musician who inhabits, and is inhabited by, his music as if it were a spiritual transformation
allowing him to become a fearless poet calling out through a cadence and dancing in the dragon's den.

He has crafted an arrangement style of his own ("Hypno-tonic Grooves"),
which he employs to reinvent classics, adapt traditional standards, and plug original work that stand in tribute to their deep lineage.
With a well-honed talent, ego-less work ethic, and applied insights of ethnomusicology tilting the odds in his favor, Griswold has
become one of the country’s most active independent working musicians. He has over ten years of strategic millage marked by
thousands of live performances and hundreds of intriguing press features. Just barely in his 30s, he continues to build a dense catalog
of works to be preserved by those he  proudly refers to as "Witnesses of a Fellowship". Griswold has gained both industry notoriety
and scholar respect as a Contemporary Folk music maker, and while having had many of his original songs and compositions used in
various films, TV shows and commercials around the world through an elite contract with Universal Music Publishing, no matter
where you find footing, you're never far from someone who has likely been spellbound by the sounds that flow beside the howling
edge of his hopeful hymns.

Press Quotes:
"A ReverbNation Success Story!" - ReverbNation (View full article)

"He has earned his stripes as a singer-songwriter" Minneapolis Star Tribune (
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"A solitary classic" SoMinn Scene (
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  • Top 100 "most popular" artists on iTunes in "Alternative-Folk"
  • Top 10 ranking on ReverbNation's global chart in "Folk"
  • Over 50 song uses in TV & Film productions (International)
For booking inquiries, rates and availability, please email:info@matthewgriswold.net:
“Matthew Griswold can hold a room in the palm of his hand with his deep mesmerizing songs, soulful voice and
commanding stage presence. Whether playing his original material or something from a seemingly endless list of
covers that everybody knows, you won't take your eyes off the man. Matthew is something special… “
- Rich Larson
(SoMinn Scene Magazine/Left Handed Entertainment)