Rock Ridge Music
AOL: What are you most looking forward to in 2011?
Matt Duke: I'm looking forward to putting out a new record in 2011 -- and it comes out in March! I'm very proud of the record, so that's going to be great. A lot of touring is lined up, too, so I'm really excited to get back on the road.
AOL: What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment as an artist to date?
MD: I think my biggest accomplishment, to be honest with you, is the fact that I get to make records. I never thought that I would get that opportunity. When I was younger, the plan was to go to college and to do sort of the straight-and-narrow, and that was great, but at the same time when I was 19 I had this opportunity to play with a label and I took it. I've been doing this since then and it's been absolutely unbelievable.
AOL: What inspires you?
MD: A lot of really, really good literature, incredible artists -- especially ones that I get to be on the road with, like Tony Lucca and Jay Nash are just a couple -- and being at things, like an event like the Rock Boat, is very inspiring in and of itself.
AOL: This year, Sixthman asked Rock Boat patrons to answer the question, 'What is your Rock Boat?' What does Rock Boat mean to you?
MD: Rock Boat is without a doubt, and I would imagine for most of the Sixthman productions that they put on, I mean this is what music is at its core -- it's all about community. That's pretty much what it is for me when I think of Rock Boat, I just think community -- a very blessed and wonderful place.
Watch Matt Duke perform 'The Father, the Son, and the Harlot's Ghost' on the Rock Boat XI.