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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
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).
Interview with fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves
Interview with violin luthier Barry Dudley
Interview with klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals
Interview with Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick
Article on Michigan State Fiddling Competition
Interview with Vicki Vlasic, producer of documentary "Fiddlin'"