with The Hottman Sisters
Award-winning journalist and No Depression writer, Gary Stoller, made note of Matt Whipkey "lauding him for no-holds barred rock and roll, energetic live performances, stellar guitar playing and creative songwriting."
And Rock NYC journalist Iman Lababedi said of Whipkey's latest album Underwater, "I would be banging down the door at Universal screaming, Matt Whipkey is the future of rock and rollMatt is like Springsteen circa The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle... He is a storyteller and a song spinner, his songs are always winking at the mythic"
Critics have applauded the live stage performance of rock singer-songwriter Whipkey as "the ultimate stage performer, not satisfied if even one crowd member isn't 'into it.'" With Omaha Arts & Entertainment Awards for artist and album of the year in 2013 for the highly regarded double-album Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989, and two recent nods for artist and album of the year for Underwater, Whipkey's strong lyrical command and virtuoso guitar work is equally mesmerizing. Whipkey continues to support music icon Dwight Yoakam on select dates throughout his "Second Hand Heart Tour".