I'm Matt. These are my blues.
Touring pianist for Reverend Horton Heat. Independent performing artist. 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 haul myself. I live the blues, breathe the music of New Orleans, and put on a mellow-to-raucous show of soul-shaking music and old-school comedy to please you. I tune my own piano, fix my own van, and I just can't be satisfied.
I was raised on good music, but finally got interested in making it in high school. An Eric Clapton record turned me on to the blues, and my fascination began. In college, as an escape from the culture of alcoholism, it became something I took very seriously. My technique developed and my blues indoctrination solidified during two years playing 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, especially New Orleans jazz. My chops blossomed with extra guidance from Soup Camel, Miss Freddye, and many kind professionals who reached out to help.
Under the tutelage of the fabulous Tom Roberts of Pittsburgh, I am coming into my own zone as a performer and artist. I'm blessed and privileged to be the touring pianist for rockabilly legend and godfather of psychobilly, Reverend Horton Heat.
Props and thanks to...
God, my parents, my family, Tom Roberts, Jim Heath, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Billy Preston, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jelly Roll Morton, Tuts Washington, Richard Tee, Jean Pierre, Dennis McClung, Randy Franklin, Freddye Stover, 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.
And many more along the way, I couldn't do it without you.