For his third album "Same As I Ever Have Been", recorded in The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Matt attracted roots musician Steve Dawson as a producer. Steve is also heard on various guitars. One more name we know behind the drum kit, Jay Bellerose, a collaborator with T-Bone Burnett and Joe Henry. The result is therefore a well-crafted, solid country and roots album. Matt's pervasive voice has struck us immediately with "Sometimes You've Got To Do Bad Things To Do Good." 'Gypsy', with a beautiful contribution from John Reichsman on mandolin and Dawson on pedal steel, Matt appears to be a true country star. That status also holds Matt in the fiddle-soaring "Hot Knuckle Blues". The band gives the slow 'Good Luck' a bluesy feel and again there is that delicious mandolin that pops up. Very soon, "Memory And The First Law of Thermodynamics" reminds us of Tom Waits, but the song is soon evolving as a "real Patershuk song", while a little swamp is stirred by the country in 'Boreal'. Matt is next heading for 'Blank Pages And Lost Wages' and then to hear a home-made guitar, you're guided in 'Cheap Guitar'. If you need a tearjerker, then the title track will definitely meet your desire. 'Same As I Ever Have Been' is a high quality country album with a good dose of roots that deserves great attention.