Songwriters/Storytellers Series: Rich Mattson & Germaine Gemberling
June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Sparta-based singer/songwriters Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling will perform songs from throughout their recording career, talk about their songwriting process and share stories about their life as musicians during the second installment of the Sacred Heart Music Center Songwriters/Storytellers Series. Minnesota arts advocate Karen Sunderman will host.
Rich Mattson is a musician/songwriter and producer/engineer living in Sparta, Minnesota. He began performing in 1980 at the age of 13, and took up songwriting shortly after that. Since then he has led and played with several bands, most notably the Glenrustles (1988-1999) and national touring act Ol’ Yeller (2000-2013). In 1991 he opened his own recording studio in Uptown Minneapolis, and over the years has worked with hundreds of artists. Currently he is leading a cosmic folk rock group called “Rich Mattson and the Northstars” and collaborating with his partner Germaine Gemberling. He also continues to record and produce music at his recording studio, Sparta Sound.
Germaine Gemberling is a singer-songwriter born and raised in St. Paul. She began studying music a child, and grew up in the midst of the indie-rock explosion that produced the Replacements, Husker Du, Jayhawks and Soul Asylum. She fronted her first band at 17—the all-girl punk band SMUT—who signed to Spanish Fly/Twin-Tone Records in 1992. She began recording at Sparta Sound in 2007 with the Magpies and Shotgun Daisy. Germaine and Rich fell in love and formed the band Junkboat. The couple continue to record, tour in a variety of groups and operate the music studio together in Sparta.
Rich Mattson and the Northstars most recent album “Skylights” was released in February, 2021.