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Justin Mattock is back after a 2-year health struggle with this new single

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Some things never go out of style, like having your heart broken and boozing away the pain. Vancouver roots crooner Justin Mattock pulls up a barstool and aligns himself squarely with that proud tradition on his latest single, “Where I Come to Drink.”

The song chronicles the fallout of what Justin has called “a goodbye that wasn’t meant to be permanent.”

The sentiment of the song is timeless, and so’s the sound.

Everything from the arrangement to the instrumentation to the performance calls back to the best of country – credit for which Justin is eager to share with his session partners in crime.

Produced by Dan Botch and Garrett Ward of The Renaissance, “Where I Come to Drink” features drumming by Grady Saxman (Luke Combs) and nimble steel guitar from Travis Joy (Luke Byran).

“We had some of the best session players I’ve ever worked with on this song,” Justin gushed. “The steel guitar solo is one of the coolest things we’ve done on one of my tracks.”

Justin’s history with the bands Chase Your Words and Woke Up Waiting (later Harbourside) planted his roots firmly in pop-punk.

But his emergence as a solo artist coincided with an unabashed reinvention as a country/pop/alternative crossover act.

His debut single “By Your Side” laid the foundation for a five-song run that had netted half a million streams by the time Justin’s 2022 release, “First Time,” rose to #4 on the UK Country charts.

Follow-up “Seventeen” widened his geographic reach even further, lighting up country radio playlists across the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia.

Yet as any corner-bar philosopher will tell you, the best-laid plans have a way of landing flat on their back on the saloon floor.

Justin ended up having to take an extended hiatus from music due to a serious health crisis that made it impossible for him to play or write for a solid two years.

What you hear on the new single is the result of a long and determined crawl back to fighting form.

And in marked contrast to the defeated soul he portrays in the tune, he’s utterly upbeat about the end result.

Now that his health woes are behind him, Justin is hoping to get back out on the road to play for his fans face-to-face—first at some smaller gigs, but ultimately leading up to big festival appearances.

 

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