Hello! I'm Matt. These are my blues.
An owner-operated shindig of low-down, mud-funky, N'awlinz-fueled piano-poundin' with a touch of lounge snobbery.
I play a strawberry-painted piano that I take with me in my minivan. I love the music of New Orleans and put on a rousing show of pianistry, stories, and humor. I play for patrons, swing dancers, and random people on the street.
Forever the late bloomer, I became interested in music in high school. An Eric Clapton record turned me on to the blues, and so the study began. In college, as an escape from the prevalent alcoholism, it became something I took seriously. My technique developed and my blues indoctrination solidified during two years playing organ with the Dennis McClung Blues Band.
After stepping out on my own, I fell in love with the music of Dr. John and became fascinated with the piano. My chops blossomed with extra schooling from Soup Camel, Miss Freddye, and many other kind professionals who reached down to help me up.
Now, under the tutelage of the fantastic Tom Roberts, I am coming into my own zone as an artist and performer.
Props and thanks to...
God, my parents, my family, and my fabulous teacher Tom Roberts! My friends, and the professionals who have so inspired me: Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Charles Neville, Cyril Neville, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Billy Preston, Stevie Wonder, Art Tatum, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jelly Roll Morton, Tuts Washington, Richard Tee, Steve Gadd, Earl King, Jim Heath, Dennis McClung, Randy Franklin, Miss Freddye, Soup Camel, Earl Smith, David Johnson, Mike Goods, Bobby Floyd, Ben Alleman, Derek Trucks, Lucky Tubb, Stuart Baker, Tim McDermott, Greg Casile, Gregory Sejko, Tom Roberts, Emily Jo, Lisa Tamres, and the guys and gals of WVU Swing Dance
The photographic magic of:
Emma Ayers, Emma Ayers Photography
Ben Berry, Mountain Craft Productions
Callum Hally, Andrew Sealy, Ashley DeMotto,
...and many, many, more. Thank you all!