If you were a folk singer in the 1960s and 70s, Greenwich Village was the place to be. And so Roger Matura, who was born in Gelsenkirchen as a coal miner’s son, grabbed his guitar and made his way towards New York to discover his musical home – and make it his. His performances at the „Village“ soon caught the attention of Moses Asch. It would prove to be a valuable association: Asch was one of the two founders of Folkways Records, the most famous and renowned folk label of the USA and home to the likes of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Lead Belly. Between 1979 and 1981, Matura released a total of three folk-rockrecords on Folkways and followed them up with twelve more albums on various imprints – all of which raked in enthusiastic responses by the critics, including features in major print publications and even on German national TV.
The release of „World Gone Wrong“ marks Roger Matura’s first album of vocal material for over a decade. There are 22 tracks on the album whose stylistic spectrum ranges from angloamerican folk, melancholic singer-songwriter pieces and celtic influences to blues and late-night-jazz – and all of them document the folk poet’s „immense emotional power“.