Name: Matt Haeck
Hometown: Bridgetown, Barbados (birthplace); now based in Nashville, TN
Latest Project: Late Bloomer
Roadside Attraction: Hillsboro Days Inn, Hillsboro, Texas. IT’S THE “BOTTLE ROCKET” MOTEL!
Day Off Activity: Skinny dipping. There’s a lake near Thomas, West Virginia, that’s about 100 degrees year round.
Driving Album: Veedon Fleece, Van Morrison
Record Store: Found Sound, Ferndale, Michigan. After years of searching for it on vinyl, I walked in and Veedon Fleece was right there on the front endcap.
Tour Hobby: Thrifting. Best thrift stores are definitely NOT in small towns devoid of hipsters and vintage shops. Don’t even bother! Ahem!
Gear Shop: Fanny’s House of Music, Nashville, Tennessee. Like the good thrift stores, I’m once again loathe to send people here, lest they buy up all the good finds.
Truck Stop: Sheetz. Because dope af hotdogs ordered straight from the gas pump.
Coffee Shop: Forth, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Best Americano I’ve ever tasted (go figure), and — duh! — Canadians.
Airport: Denver. Because smoking lounge (cough! cough!)
Diner: Waffle House. Because hashbrown bowls with gravy, 24-hour service, and the best banter between servers and cooks any side of the Mississippi.
Backstage Hang: Heartbreaker Banquet or Winnipeg Folk Fest. (Eating all the cherries backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Fest.)
Best Way to Refresh Your Wicked, Road-Weary Soul: Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas.
Photo credit: Mick Leonardi