At Least For Now | Fall 2023
After 17 years in New York City, Matthew Check has moved to Cincinnati, Ohio with his fiancé (he’s getting married in October). These days, he’s also putting down the guitar and banjo for the piano exclusively. Matt grew up playing the piano, but basically abandoned it by the time he was 12 years old. It wasn’t until he returned from a 4-month trip to India when he was 36 that he decided to buy a weighted keyboard for his studio apartment on the Upper East Side back in 2018. He began taking lessons, practicing, playing and eventually writing. For him it was like stepping into a room that he hadn’t entered in decades. The stuff of his upcoming release, “At Least For Now” consists of just four Matthew Check tunes, all from different periods of his songwriting career. Two were written by him exclusively (Old Fashioned and At Least For Now). The Way That You Are is by his brother Jon, and Sterling is a co-write with the Grammy Winning Joanie Leeds from their 2019 album about Bible stories. Matt loves performing live. His 3-song set from 2022 (The Bridgeford Sessions) was also captured as a live band in the studio. He wanted to attempt the same thing on piano and all four songs on At Least For Now are captured as takes of him singing and playing in the moment.
It was his last time in the studio as a New Yorker.