Wendy Matson: Singer, songwriter, acoustic guitar


Wendy Matson began her career in 1975 performing folk songs solo and as a duo in South Dakota and Idaho. During the 1980's she toured the US and played lead electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and bass. She also provided lead and harmony vocals to three, four, and five piece country/rock variety dance bands.

Wendy went solo again in 1997 after 17 years of touring in the US, Hawaii, Guam, Japan, and Korea.Victory Review reviewed her solo CD, City Music - Country Song, saying, "Matson's vocals are sweetly lilting and very pleasing, her guitar playing excellent." Victory Review also reviewed her album, Glass Top Lake, saying "This is songwriting at its finest. Wendy has churned out a hard-driving batch of originals with gritty poetry and listenable melodies. I like this album and want to hear more from her." ( Mary Loveless)

In June 2004 Wendy received a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts to showcase her work at the Arts Northwest Conference in Bellevue, WA in October 2004.

In May 2006 Wendy was the recipient of a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts to attend the Americana Song Academy held at Camp Caldera near Sisters, OR September 5-8, 2006.

Wendy is a tireless performer who, in addition to concert performances, works at nursing homes and the Veterans Administration hospital in Idaho's Treasure Valley, providing therapeutic music. She is often accompanied by her faithful canine companion, Mocha Bean, to provide healing music and animal therapy.

She is available to teach guitar and lead songwriting workshops for people age five and up.