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Musician Matt Costa Finds Inspiration Up And Down California Coast

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Singer Matt Costa in an undated photo.

It’s not often that the worst thing to happen to you actually changes your life for the better. But that’s what happened to Laguna Beach singer-songwriter Matt Costa.

Costa was an aspiring professional skateboarder, but a bad landing when he was 19 broke his leg and kept him home for two years. Costa said his slow recovery gave him a deeper appreciation for the folk music he enjoyed listening to.

“I became more introspective at that point, like why songs connected with me, rather than just connecting with songs,” he said. “And then my outlet for that was my four-track and my acoustic guitar.”

Costa’s latest album, “Santa Rosa Fangs,” is due out later this year. Costa will play songs from that record and his first album, “Songs We Sing,” at The Casbah on Sunday. He joins KPBS Midday Edition Thursday to discuss how his songwriting has evolved and why he writes so frequently about California.

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Matt Costa

When: Sunday, March 4

Where: The Casbah

Cost: $12

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