Matt Nozzolio

Dobro and lap-style guitar 





On my mind


"Thank-you for your wonderful performance. Everyone enjoyed your music very much and you played the guitar like no one else. The slide guitar provided the most exquisite sound and the audience had a great time listening."

-- Kaitlyn Widlak, Battery Park (New York City) Conservancy, producer of Guitars Under the Trees music series.


"Thanks for adding your wonderful talent to the markets. We definitely had repeat customers because of your music!"

-- City Seed Farmers Markets, New Haven, Conn.

Matt Nozzolio

1954 - 2008




Matthew Anthony Nozzolio, of Middletown, died unexpectedly Saturday, August 2, 2008, 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.




  • At MidState Medical Center. Click here to go to the YouTube  footage. 

Thanks for visiting. Because I'm involved in several bands and musical situations, I'd like to use this spot more or less as a clearinghouse. If nothing else, I'll be able to check the schedule to see where I'm supposed to be!

The dobro is like the violin and voice. It can be used to convey the complete range of human emotion. I try to approach the dobro and lap-style guitar with this in mind, whether I'm playing the blues of Jimmie Rodgers, bluegrass or original tunes.

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