The Bristol Boys

Their shows are guaranteed good! 


In 2006, three veterans (OK, old guys) of the New England Bluegrass and acoustic music scene got together to form The Bristol Boys to play country and bluegrass music from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s. The songs may be old, but when The Bristol Boys sing them, they sound as fresh as the day they were written.

With their musical pedigrees and penchant for cutting up and having fun along with the audience, The Bristol Boys are ready to entertain at concerts, festivals, fairs, pie suppers, barn raisings, garage sales, etc.

Their shows are guaranteed good.

Says a satisfied audience member: "I like 'em."




Matt Nozzolio
1954 - 2008

Matthew Anthony Nozzolio, of Middletown, died unexpectedly Saturday in New Haven. He was 53. He was the husband of Jean A. Wertz.
Matt, who was the official spokesman for the MDC, in Hartford, had a career in newspapers as a reporter and editor. He was also a noted musician, performing bluegrass, blues and folk music.
Matt played the Dobro, or resophonic guitar, performing solo as well as with a variety of bluegrass and folk bands. He also performed his own compositions.
In the 1990s, Matt toured Europe as a member of Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters. He also performed with Allan Harris and the Cross That River Band, of New York City, the New England bands Charter Oak Bluegrass and The Bristol Boys, and was a frequent guest musician with The Remnants and Horizon Blue.
He was a member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Music Under New York program, for subway musicians, and performed in Connecticut for entertainment programs at Derby Hospital and Meriden’s MidState Medical Center.
In 2007, Matt took 3rd place in the 21st annual Blues Challenge, in Greensboro, N.C.
As a journalist, Nozzolio was a bureau chief for the New Haven Register, city editor for The Evening Press, in Binghamton, N.Y., and bureau chief for the Finger Lakes Times, in New York. He also worked in communications for United Technologies.





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  • The Bristol Boys Guarantee:

"If at any point during any of our songs you fail to detect a music-like sound, you will be reimbursed for the full cost of the aforementioned missing sound. That's our promise."


"A slice of musical Americana.  Our audience loved your performance!"
Sandy Lafleur
Acoustic Cafe Organizer, Milford, NH


"Thank you so much...We all want you back." First Night Westport/Weston


"We want to thank you for being a significant part of our 2007 Hamburg Fair. I have had many requests for you to return in 2008."

Hamburg (Conn). Fair 


"You were spectacular." An audience member.


"We don't feel your music is the right fit for our place.... It seems like you're a bit too country for us. "

(Is that possible?) This  establishment will remain unidentified.

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