Welcome to mattmerta.com


I have been a writer and editor for nearly three decades, editing a wide range of literary and business publications, as well as writing for a number of military and music periodicals and reference books. This site is under construction, so for more information, please email me at mattmerta@yahoo.com .


 Quick Overview

  Freelance Writer
January 1987 - Present
Various publications including:
* Periodicals - Fiddler Magazine, Bluegrass Now Magazine, Tri-State Bluegrass Journal, Ann Arbor Paper, Metro Times, Real Detroit Weekly, Home and Studio Recording, Camp Chase Gazette, Smoke & Fire News.
* Reference texts - Angels A to Z, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (both published by Gale Group, now Cengage).



Check out my blog! It's called Luegra - Taking the B.S. Out of Bluegrass.






Writer of text and song. editor, proofreader arranger, engineer, producer, musician, vocalist

Historical Work


I provide writing, research, lecturing, and living history interpretation on 17th to early 20th century American History, with emphasis on military and musical matters.



Open to working with others on both text and songs. Received the 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Award for "Something About A Train," co-written with Dave Morris and Dawn Kenney (pictured).



Fiddler Magazine Fall 2019
Fiddler Magazine Fall 2019

Interview with fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves

Fiddler Magazine Spring 2013
Fiddler Magazine Spring 2013

Interview with violin luthier Barry Dudley

Fiddler Magazine Winter 2015/16
Fiddler Magazine Winter 2015/16

Interview with klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals

Bluegrass Now March 2008
Bluegrass Now March 2008

Interview with Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick

Detroit Metro Times October 2014
Detroit Metro Times October 2014

Article on Michigan State Fiddling Competition

Fiddler Magazine Winter 2018/19
Fiddler Magazine Winter 2018/19

Interview with Vicki Vlasic, producer of documentary "Fiddlin'"

PO Box 2353

Dearborn, MI 48123



Tel: 313-618-8458


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