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Inland Island is a new project from songster Matt Williams. Written and recorded in Spring 2013 in a Sacramento River ferry house dubbed the Rat Shack. After departing Brooklyn where Matt lived for six years he and his wife Josie and dog Archie departed on a cross country road trip to California. Visiting old friends and reconnecting with cities like Austin and New Orleans and exploring new towns Oxford, Marfa, Albuquerque and driving the famous Lincoln Highway across Nevada provided beautiful scenery, open skies and a much needed break from life in New York City.
"We'd drive and drive through the desert listening only to Merle Haggard singing along or just ride with no music at all. Our dog Archie eventually accepted his new life somewhere in West Texas and learned to love Merle Haggard like we do. The songs started coming when we arrived in California but I was picking up things along the way. I'd wake up, eat an orange and start recording, sometimes late into the night with only the rats for company. If the rats made noise while I recorded I knew I was on to something."
Matt, Josie and Archie have since settled in Charleston, SC where he will continue to make rock and roll records.