There’s a remarkable depth and subtlety to Denver-based Matt Rouch's work, a consistent gift for arrangements that enable his songs to resonate. And his appealing tenor has a human quality that might lure the ladies. “I’m No Angel” has banjo and harmonica licks that we dig, adding to an arrangement that builds patiently for impact. “Black Noon Dawn” paints a rustic scene, using a fiddle to suggest the wind and a piano riff that’s catchy. Perhaps most affecting is “Bus to Chillicothe,” a bittersweet love story where Rouch uses a lonesome steel-guitar and a mesmerizing celestial hum to engage the listener’s emotions. More folk than country, you can tell Rouch is an artist that has done his homework and can pass the test.
Matt Rouch - "I'm No Angel"