Matt LeGroulx of Expwy answers our Grayowl Questionnaire

expwy1. Where’d you get your name?

The first album was on a Jane Jacobs theme and EXPWY is the abbreviation for expressway in New York City.

2. When did you start making music seriously?

I started getting serious at 16 or so when I started studying jazz and classical music although it’s debatable whether anything I’ve done is serious.

3. What are you listening to right now?

The Tex Williams air checks from the late 40s.  I’m learning to play the steel guitar and Joaquin Murphey, Tex’s steel player and a legend on the instrument, was just mind-bogglingly good.  I’m transcribing some of his solos so I’ve got my music blinders on.  Murph was kind of the Django Reinhardt of the steel guitar.  Also, Jimmie Rivers with Vance Terry on steel.  Vance was amazing and his life story is one of the saddest in all of music.

4. What do you enjoy most about the city you’re based in?

It’s affordable and my friends live here.

5. Describe your music in one sentence.


6. Where do you see yourself in six months?

With a country album to release, hopefully.

7. What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The cassette release of Deep Joy on Kinnta Records.  It’s my first professional release and it sounds and looks great.  Thanks Chris!

8. What is the most unusual compliment/insult you’ve recieved as a musician?

I usually black out when people talk to me about my own music unless it’s in a technical capacity.

9. If you could go on tour with any band, disbanded or together, who would you tour with?

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

10. If you could be on the soundtrack for any TV show or movie, which one would you choose?

The most popular one of the day.

11. What do you do for fun?


12. If you weren’t doing music what would you do?

I’d have been dead long ago.

13. What do you think will be a major trend in the near future?

Some form of previously unheard music that lots of people really like.

14. What current trend do you think needs to stop?

All of them that ignore what I do.

15. What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this survey?


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