Matt Dusk Biography
Two Shots was recorded in Miami, Toronto and Abbey Road studios in London, where a 42-piece string section from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra added luxuriant textures reminiscent of the heyday of the big-band balladeers. The album takes its name from the song Bono and The Edge wrote for Frank Sinatra prior to his death. Sinatra never had the chance to record “Two Shots,” but Bono gave his blessings for Dusk to give it a go. "I would have to say that ‘Two Shots’ is one of my favorites on the album because it involves two of my favorite artists of all time and it’s an incredible song. Unfortunately Frank died before he got the chance to record it, so U2 released it as a B-side on the single 'If God Will Send His Angels.' But it kind of got lost in the woodwork, so it's a great honor for me to record it."
Dusk’s material on Two Shots shows off the various dimensions of his artistry. The windswept, autumnal feel of "Precious Years" seems to echo back to the days of epic ballads like "Days Of Wine And Roses" or "It Was A Very Good Year." Of his self-penned tunes, Matt cites "Five" as his favorite. "'Five' is simply a huge heart-wrenching song of hopelessness," he says, sounding indecently cheerful. "It's that feeling after a break-up, when you're absolutely hopeless. I think the songs that most affect people are the slower and more pensive ones."
The Casino, a new unscripted drama created and executive-produced by reality titan Mark Burnett, will premiere on Monday, June 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox. The 13-episode series will provide an extraordinary 24/7, behind-the-scenes look at the real-life dramas unfolding at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, as its new owners, Tim Poster and Tom Breitling take over the business and attempt to bring back the glory of its “Rat Pack” heyday. Matt Dusk will appear as a performer as well as himself during the course of the series.