Tally Ho Goes Big with Tallest Man On Earth

Scandinavian cool comes to the Tally Ho on June 10 with a performance by the Tallest Man On Earth.

The Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson who stands 5 feet 7 inches has made a splash on the indie-folk scene, with his Dylanesque-style and charismatic live performances.

Matsson has released four full-length albums and two EP’s since 2006. He is currently promoting his 2015 album “Dark Bird Is Home.” The “Dark Bird” tour takes him to theaters and festivals around North America and Europe this summer—with some gigs already sold out.

Matsson’s widely played single “Sagres,” named for a village in Portugal, from the “Dark Bird” album has garnered rave reviews for its instrumentation and emotional honesty. Critics have described the song—and the album—as the artist’s most personal works. Matsson hit the U.S. indie scene with his breakthrough album “Shallow Grave” in 2008 and has been recording for the U.S. label Dead Oceans since 2010.

The 33-year old Matsson draws frequent comparisons to Bob Dylan for both his songwriting and vocal style but the artist has also mentioned influences like Nick Drake, Emmylou Harris and Bon Iver. His raw, emotional voice, unusual open tuned guitar playing and engaging stage presence have created an intergenerational crossover appeal for everyone from baby boomers to millennials.

Jackie Ondy, 54, of Round Hill, will be hitting the Leesburg show with her daughter Sara Grandfield, 22, after Sara introduced her mom Matsson’s sound.

“I would hear her playing music and would like it enough to ask who it was. Most of the time her answer would be Tallest Man,” Ondy said.

The Tallest Man On Earth plays Leesburg’s Tally Ho Theatre Friday, June 10, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show at tallyholeesburg.com.

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