MATT WERTZ is excused. Yes, it has been three years since his last full-length release, but when you take his relentless touring schedule, a breakup with his major label, a new deal with Nettwerk and the trials and tribulations of life into account, the ever-so-charming singer-songwriter gets a pass. In fact, it’s these experiences that have helped shaped the inspired songs on Wertz’s new album, WEIGHTS & WINGS, and by that rationale, it was worth every bit of the wait. MATT WERTZ is excused. Yes, it has been three years since his last full-length release, but when you take his relentless touring schedule, a breakup with his major label, a new deal with Nettwerk and the trials and tribulations of life into account, the ever-so-charming singer-songwriter gets a pass. In fact, it’s these experiences that have helped shaped the inspired songs on Wertz’s new album, WEIGHTS & WINGS, and by that rationale, it was worth every bit of the wait.

All of the songs on Wertz’s new album are tied to relationships, and each track delves into what the singer has learned about himself and others during that last few years. More than ever, the reflective songwriter has his heart on his sleeve, and Weights & Wings is the very incarnation of that lifeline.

This year, Wertz will head back on the road to reconnect with his fans and share the songs he’s worked so hard on. His hope is that listeners will be able to identify with his music, and find a “windows down, sing along at the top of your lungs” quality about the album, too.

It's called 'chemistry', an elusive quality that can be part history, part mystery and all intangible until the moment that you feel it. It's a meant-to-be melding of the emotional and creative that can happen between songwriters, performers, best friends or life partners. For Josh and Nicole Johnson – the duo Elenowen – that connection is all of the above and much more. The chemistry they share is as rare – and real – as it gets.

Though emerging from the same Nashville-based Americana-folk scene as The Civil Wars, Elenowen deliver a sonic glow all their own. Amidst haunting harmonies and elegiac lyrics, their songs flow with an undercurrent of yearning, surrender and unexpectedly sharp edges. The sound itself is roots-driven. Even the name Elenowen is an authentic nod to heritage, with Ellen being Josh's mom's middle name and Owen being the middle name of Nicole's dad. "They're the sides of the family we each got our music from," explains Josh. "What's in our hearts will always come out in what we do."

With their original songs providing the backdrop to pivotal moments on popular television shows - including NBC's Revolution, CW's Pretty Little Liars, Lifetime's Army Wives, CW's One Tree Hill, and MTV's World of Jenks - Elenowen are discovering that the truth of what they do is bringing them new fans nationwide. In the midst of writing and recording for their upcoming album, they hit the road in the spring of 2013 on their first headlining tour, The Drifting Closer Tour, which stopped in over 20 cities nationwide. This fall, they will travel across the country and share the stage with artists like singer/songwriter Matt Wertz and rock band, Green River Ordinance.

But what about that thing called chemistry? For Elenowen, it's a one-of-a-kind formula that is about to become bigger than the both of them.

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Do to a scheduling conflict. tonight's Matt Wertz show has been move from Radio Radio to the Do317 Lounge. All times remain the same. Doors will open at 8pm with Elenowen at 8:30 pm, followed by Matt Wertz at 9:30 PM. Do317 Lounge is located half a block away from Radio Radi in Fountain Square on the 2nd floor of the Murphy Arts Building at 1043 Virginia Ave Suite 215. http://www.do317lounge.com

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Matt Wertz with Elenowen

Sunday, October 20 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM at Do317 Lounge

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