By David Murrell

Matt Wheeler | photo courtesy of the artist

Matt Wheeler often performs with a backing band, but on his new EP Matt Wheeler On the Hill, the Lancaster singer-songwriter experiments with a solo acoustic sound.The record features a mix of old and new — while it begins with some reworked acoustic versions of songs that Wheeler has already recorded, the EP’s second half includes the two new tracks “Cedars” and “Lexington.”

Wheeler’s previous arrangements with his band Vintage Heart made use of violin and cello, but the solo versions on Matt Wheeler On the Hill are more compelling. On “Indigo,” Wheeler’s …read more