Matt Nathanson grew up in the Boston area but made his mark in San Francisco, where he moved in 1991 before releasing his debut album, Please
, in 1993. In "Boston Accent," the title track to his 2022 album, he considers his hot-and-cold affiliation with the city.
"As I get older I feel an unrealistic connection to my Boston roots," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "It's the kind of thing where if there's a serial killer and they have a Boston accent, I'll be like, 'What's up, buddy?'
It's a crazy thing because I don't subscribe to teams, I don't want to be part of a group, it isn't the way I live my life. But every time I hear a Boston accent somewhere, I stop and say, 'Where are you from in Mass?' It's this crazy allegiance. I think this record is really about accepting who I am versus who I wanted to be. I moved to California 31 years ago but the record's called Boston Accent