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The Tallest Man on Earth

Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson is the epitome of a modern-day troubadour.  With his crooning voice and folksy acoustic tunes he is compared to a stripped-down Bob Dylan. His influences include Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Skip James, Sunhouse, and old bluegrass, as well as current music.
Matsson released his third full-length album under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, and has come alive playing solo - especially to live audiences.

The album, There’s No Leaving Now, is terrific - a follow-up to 2010’s The Wild Hunt and, for fans of his previous work, the latest release does not disappoint.

Earlier this month he drew large crowds to his on-stage performance at the Newport Folk Festival(, where he "blazed thorugh songs from each of his records."

In support of his new album, "There's No Leaving Now," released June 12 on Dead Oceans, Matsson is  touring this summer, with gigs in the U.S., Sweden, the U.K., and Belgium. He played to a sold out crowd in Philly for an XPN Live Friday Free At Noon concert on June 27. Read the review and listen to the full concert on The Key music blog. (

In this World Cafe session, he chats with David Dye about his recording process, touring solo, and plays four great songs from his new album, including the centerpiece, "To Just Grow Away."

TO JUST GROW AWAY                


Recent Release: There's No Leaving Now
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Label: Dead Oceans
Hometown: Dalarna, Sweden

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