Mat Kearney at the Uptown Theatre Napa on 4/11

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Mat Kearney didn't set out to write just another collection of songs for Young Love, his third full-length album and first for Universal Republic Records. Instead, he penned a pastiche of honest, heartfelt, and hypnotic stories that'll make you move your feet and put a smile on your face.

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Mat Kearney at Uptown Theatre Napa

"I approached Young Love like a singer-songwriter would approach a hip-hop record," he says.

Kearney gives a piece of himself on every tune, while building timeless tales for listeners to follow as they dance and sing along. Don’t miss Mat Kearney plus Zach Hackendorf on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Uptown Theatre. Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 8:00 pm.

As a fan of hip-hop since childhood, Kearney actually turned to the genre for a little inspiration. "I approached Young Love like a singer-songwriter would approach a hip-hop record," he says. "We would start with beats or grooves that your body already responds to. It was a fun and fulfilling experiment."

The lead-off hit single "Hey Mama" ignited that experiment. The album's opening song brings listeners up close and personal with this fresh sound and into Kearney's world, introducing Young Love perfectly. "Hey Mama" describes the first meeting between Kearney and his new wife at the Anthropologie store in Tennessee that she was working at. After courting her for a few months, he stole her heart, and now it's all in the tune.

About the song he says, "The album really began with 'Hey Mama'. After clapping into my laptop and programming this beat, I was dancing around the room actually freestyling words. This wasn't me sitting around with some friends and an acoustic guitar. It was this visceral writing experience. I tried to find a way to write stories to these beats."

Tickets for Mat Kearney plus Zach Hackendorf are $25. They are on sale now and can be purchased through the theatre website at, at Ticketmaster ( or at the theatre box office (please call 707.259.0123 ext. 6 for hours). To find out more, please visit


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