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Tuned In: Mat Kearney Takes A Cue From Hanson On Leno

Last night, we were all about the Explosions in the Sky performance on the Late Show with David Letterman?not necessarily because we’re the biggest fans of their sweeping-guitar post-rock (which is not bad) but because for four precious minutes we could close our eyes and pretend that Friday Night Lights was still on the air. (We miss you, Coach Taylor!) As a result, we underrated the unassuming performance taking place simultaneously on the Tonight Show: Mat Kearney‘s “Hey Mama.” Back in 2006 Kearney was a You Oughta Know artist whose songwriting (and vocals) reminded us of parts of what we like about Coldplay.

In the intervening years, he’s added not-inconsiderable pep, and a full horn section, to his band, which pushes yet another set of our pop-music buttons. Think Chris Martin fronting Hanson on a “Give a Little” b-side. In fact, it was so catchy that we’re willing to forgive the lyric “Met her at Anthropologie.” Check it out!

Elsewhere on late night…

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Tour Survival Guide: Mat Kearney

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Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Mat Kearney talking fine wine and a certain Motley Crue drummer.

It’s a Good Thing He’s Not Playing Phuket…
"Norfolk," in Virginia, is a very tough [city] name to pronounce, without sounding like you?re cursing. So I got myself in trouble in Norfolk a little while ago. It?s a hard name to say properly without offending small children.

Singer, Songwriter, Sommelier…
Oregon Pinot Noir — that?s my red M&M item. I?m from Oregon, and it?s maybe the best Pinot country in the world. It?s been competing with France these days. Sometimes [venues] even get wineries that are within 10 miles from the house I grew up in.

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