With a third place finish in the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society Blues Challenge in the fall of 2007, Matt is poised to spread his version of the blues and original acoustic music in 2008.
Matt is a native of Seneca Falls, N.Y. He was always interested in folk music, and while in college, became a fan of bluegrass in general and the dobro in particular.
His initial influences were Josh Graves of Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, and Mike Auldridge of the Seldom Scene, who charted a new path of the instrument in the 1970s.
After college, Matt focused on his journalism career and was not involved in music until 1989, when he purchased his first real dobro at the suggestion of Jean, now his wife. For much of the 1990s, Matt was a member of Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters, which toured Europe in 1996 and 1998, representing the United States at the International World of Bluegrass festivalin the Netherlands.
In 1999, Matt began to play the accordion, focusing on Latin and European music. He still plays solo at events and with two bands, Tierra Mestiza and Fiesta del Norte.
Matt maintained his love of American roots music and in 2002, joined Charter Oak Bluegrass, and played with them through the first half of 2007.
In 2004, he was accepted into the Arts and Entertainment Program at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn., performing accordion and lap-style guitar.
Like many people, Matt took up the lap-style guitar to make friends and to earn extra money the easy way.
He has performed and recorded with several acoustic performers, including Orrin Star, Suzanne Sheridan, Horizon Blue, The Remnants and Peter Lehndorf. In 2006, Matt formed The Bristol Boys, a trio that performs old-time country music, by artists such as Jimmie Rodgers and Roy Acuff. He also began to perform solo on dobro and lap guitar, inspired by Cliff Carlisle, Jerry Douglas, Kelly Joe Phelps and Pat Wictor.
For the forseeable future, Matt's goal is to continue to be a supportive band member, while exploring the solo possibilities of the dobro and lap-style guitar.
Contact: 203-631-6884 Email Matt