The Suitcase Junket

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The Suitcase Junket
OriginAmherst, Massachusetts, United States
GenresAmericana, blues, blues rock, rock
Years active2008–present
MembersMatthew Lorenz

The Suitcase Junket is the solo project of the American, New England multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Matthew Lorenz, whose songwriting draws on American forms of urban blues, rural ballads, and roadhouse rock. “The overall sound lands somewhere between the Avett Brothers and early, dirty Black Keys. There’s a Tom Waits vibe in the fuzzy-megaphone reverb mic, and something ancient, near tribal, in his whistles and moans.” [1]


In 2016, a writer in Rochester, New York, heard The Suitcase Junket's show at Abilene Bar & Lounge and described the rig and the music: ”Now this is the shit I'm talking about, Jack. The Suitcase Junket is a lo-fi, low-tuned, low-down blast of end-times folk blues. It's crude; it's magnificent. With a stage set-up that resembles a junkyard foley stage or Fred Sanford's living room, The Suitcase Junket — one man band leader Matt Lorenz — incants and intones like a cross between Hound Dog Taylor and a Tuvan throat singer who has swallowed a bird. Take the singer-songwriter idiom, give it a low grade fever and a guitar and this is what you get. Captivating, mesmerizing, and gone ... real gone."[2]

This musician employs a self-taught overtone singing (throat singing) technique in his live and recorded performances.

National Public Radio (NPR) chose sessions from the 2015 album Make Time as one of their fifteen favorite sessions of that year,[3] and The Suitcase Junket was named to Spotify's Best of 2016 Folk & Americana and Blues & Roots Rock playlists.[4]

A visual artist who works in many mediums, Lorenz design his own album art until 2019. Mean Dog, Trampoline, released April 5, 2019, from Signature Sounds Recordings,[5] was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.


Studio albums

  • Sever & Lift (2009)
  • Knock It Down (2011)
  • Make Time (2015)
  • Pile Driver (2017)
  • Mean Dog, Trampoline (2019)


  • Dying Star (2016)
  • Live With Others (2018)


  1. ^ "One man's trash is another man's orchestra". Boston Globe. 2018-07-19. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  2. ^ "ONE MAN BAND". Rochester (NY) City Newspaper. 2016-01-13. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  3. ^ "Watch Public Radio's Favorite Sessions Of 2015". NPR. 2015-12-19. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  4. ^ "Best of 2016: Folk & Americana". Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "Signature Sounds Recordings". Retrieved January 21, 2020.

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