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Published on February 18th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


The Punch List with Matt MacKelcan

Metronome Charleston‘s weekly Punch List puts local musicians on the spot with a questionnaire that touches on music, venues, gear, records, vices, and more. This week, singer/guitarist and songwriter Matt MacKelcan has a go.

1.What is your favorite local hang and why?

“It’s tough to have a favorite. Charleston is blessed with some great music venues. I really enjoy the Windjammer, the Pour House, the Music Farm and both Home Team BBQ’s … I love their BBQ wrap.”

2. You know you’ve played an excellent show when…

“People are genuinely excited about the music, pick up a CD, and the connection with the audience is great and you know you made new fans and friends.”

3. What was the last show you attended that really got you fired up in a good or bad way?

“When I opened for Martin Sexton in Charlotte. He is an incredible live performer — very dynamic and inspiring. He does a great job involving the crowd, and his vocal range and guitar playing are amazing.”


Matt MacKelcan (provided)

4. Define your musical style in exactly 10 words.

“Honest, melodic, soulful, authentic, energetic … beard-and-fro rock  … sexy?”

5. What’s your theme song? 

“Bell Biv DeVoe’s ‘Poison’ … ‘never trust a big butt and a smile.'”

6. Gear-wise, what’s is your irreplaceable baby? 

“It used to be my Taylor 414 CE. It’s been through a lot of shows, but last spring I got a Martin HD-28, and it has become my main guitar.”

7. What’s the most overplayed album in your collection? 

“Son Volt’s Trace.”

8. When was the last time you were genuinely star-struck? 

“Probably the first time I met John Popper when we opened for Blues Traveler. I’d been listening to them for such a long time, so it was pretty surreal to be hanging backstage.”

9. What’s your poison? 

“Tequila, but mostly Chinese food.”

10. In 10 years, I will be… 

“Hopefully touring, writing, and performing music with a few more dollars in my bank account.”

Singer/guitarist Matt MacKelcan specializes in playing melodic rock, folk, and pop. He landed in Charleston a few years ago after playing for a few years in the Winter Park/Orlando, Florida area. He’d already attended Rollins College as a music student, so he has some great chops and songwriting skills.

These days, MacKelcan works as a solo act, with a duo, and in front of a full backing band at venues up and down the Southeastern circuit. His latest release is an EP titled Slow Down, produced by Aaron Tap (pop songwriter Matt Nathanson’s music director). MacKelcan recently collaborated with Tap on new material for a forthcoming album.

Matt MacKelcan and his full band will perform at the Windjammer on Fri. Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Check out for more.




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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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