Matt Sweeney on his secret formula for Josh Homme's Desert Sessions: "I can fingerpick, I know how to sound good... and I smell nice"

Matt Sweeney performs live
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“It’s really beautiful out there but at the same time kind of grimy,” ponders journeyman guitarist and perennial collaborator Matt Sweeney of Joshua Tree.

“You’re not too far from the highway and a meth dealer. It’s a mix, partly it feels almost like you’re on the moon, which is utterly humbling, but then you also know that you’re close to desperation.”

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.