Nikki Matteson & Rich Rue

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‘On their new “Rise & Shine” CD, Nikki & the RueMates prove once again that acoustic country blues is a living, breathing, growing thing in Minnesota. They pull off the same re-animation trick for hippie folk-rock, too. Nikki Matteson is a disarming, convincing singer and an unguarded, very personal songwriter. Her beau, Rich Rue, plays a lot of great resophonic guitar and shares in the song creation and production. “Rise & Shine” is, by turns, dreamy, sexy, gritty, smooth and always intimate.’

- Tom Surowicz, Star Tribune 2012

‘Nikki & The RueMates have finished an album that was four years in the making. “Rise & Shine” is the band’s answer to country-folk-rock of decades past. In a music industry where most artists seem to take yesterday’s remix as a starting point, it’s refreshing to hear music that has the nerve to dig a little deeper and look a little further back.’

- Youa Vang, City Pages July 2012

‘Singer Nikki Matteson has that sweet, achy warble in her voice that makes her perfect for folk songs, country blues and roots music.’

- The MinnPost, July 2012

‘Another young woman with a classic sound is Nikki Matteson, whose band Nikki & the RueMates introduce their new album, “We All Live Together,” tonight at the Nomad World Pub. Matteson, who was a finalist on the annual “A Prairie Home Companion” talent contest at the age of 16, sings like it's 1967 and she’s auditioning for Elektra Records, with songs that add psychedelic flourishes to pre-rock-era country and blues. Appropriately, the band is on a bill with “Spider” John Koerner.’

- Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press November 2008