Matt Walsh Blues

Matt Walsh
“Matt Walsh…Soulful playing, great vocals…It’s great to hear young musicians playing in the tradition. That’s the only way the Blues will stay alive”

- Paul Oscher ( former Muddy Waters band member, Blues harmonica legend and 2006 BMA award winner “Acoustic Artist of the Year” for ‘Down in the Delta’ )

This is the official site for North Carolina Bluesman, Matt Walsh, who has gained wide recognition for his 50′s styled Chicago Blues and detours into Rockabilly, Swing and Roots Rock


Pinetop
SEPTEMBER 2008 BACKING PINETOP PERKINS, MADDOGS BACK TOGETHER FOR MIDWEST SHOWS, CD IN THE WORKS
Matt was thrilled to back Pinetop Perkins with Bob Margolin recently in CT on 9/13 at the Ridgefield Playhouse. At almost 96 yrs old, Pine no signs of slowing down. Also on the bill, were Ko Ko Taylor and Shameka Copeland who both shook the Playhouse walls.

Also, Matt will be joined by his old band, “the Maddogs” ( Jesse Major – bass and Kyle Couch – drums ) for a run to Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma the last weekend of September.

A new CD is still in the works, no release date yet.


Joh BlackOCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2007 – ‘HARD LUCK’ LUCKS OUT!

‘Hard Luck’ is now the second most requested album on Bluesville XM 74! Thanks to all those folks who have requested and those who continue to do so. Look out for Matt to make a live appearance on Bluesville soon.

“Hard Luck’ is also currently the second best-selling CD on cdmojo.com.


Rowan BluesSEPTEMBER 2007 – ‘HARD LUCK’ ON XM, RAVE REVIEWS, SHOWS WITH “STEADY ROLLIN” BOB MARGOLIN AND RECORDING NEWS!!!

‘Hard Luck’ still a “Pick to Click” on Bluesville ( XM Satellite Radio ch 74 ). Bill Wax is currently playing three tracks from the album, ‘Hard Luck’, ‘Leavin’ My Baby’ and ‘The Way You Drag Me Down’. Thanks again to the fans and to Bill Wax! You can phone in or even email requests! The number is 866.267.0454 ( toll free ) or email bluesville@xmradio.com.

‘Hard Luck’ has been hailed in publications in the US and abroad! Check out the Reviews page to see what the critics have to say about Matt’s new album.

Also, Matt will be doing some shows in October and November with Bob Margolin (see schedule for exact dates).

Matt has begun recording for his next album (still untitled), and has cut four new, original songs. The album is expected to be complete around December and will feature Matt’s raw Blues sound along with some unexpected detours into other Roots genres.


XM BluesvilleAUGUST 13TH 2007 – MATT WALSH’S ‘HARD LUCK’ IS GOING TO BE FEATURED AS A “PICK TO CLICK” ON XM 74′S BLUESVILLE HOSTED BY BILL WAX!!!

A BIG thanks to all the fans for your requests and to Bill Wax for giving the new album a spin!!! The title track from ‘Hard Luck’ will be featured the week of Aug 18th as a “pick to click” on Bill Wax’s Bluesville, XM 74 satellite radio. Bill is a huge supporter and important part of the Blues world and his “Friday Juke Joint” is the only nation-wide Blues request show going. You can phone in or even email requests! The number is 866.267.0454 ( toll free ) or email bluesville@xmradio.com.


Hard LuckJULY 25TH 2007 – RADIO PLAY FOR ‘HARD LUCK’ STILL GOING STRONG

Matt Walsh’s new album is still going strong on radio stations in the US and abroad! One disc jockey even said “it’s easily the best CD I’ve heard this year, and as a Blues DJ, I hear nearly everything”! The album came in at #30 on the Living Blues Charts for June 2007 and you can click here or go to the Links page and see which stations are still playing ‘Hard Luck’. I’d like to thank Todd Glazer for his hard work and all the stations who played the CD. If you haven’t heard you’re local radio station play ‘Hard Luck’, then contact them and request it! Thanks to all the fans who have bought the new album as well.


Blues DeluxeJUNE 31ST 2007 – MORE GOOD NEWS – ‘HARD LUCK’ IS FEATURED ON BLUES DELUXE JULY 1ST – 7TH

The title track from ‘Hard Luck’ with Bob Margolin and Chuck Cotton will be featured on Blues Deluxe “the best Blues in radio”, which is syndicated to over 100 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad July 1st thru the 7th. This is a great step and besides the 160 + stations Matt is already being played on, it means that Matt’s new CD is now being played on almost 300 + Blues Radio stations around the world!!! The playlist that Matt will appear on the hour-long program includes music legends like Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Johnny Winter, Chuck Berry and even Bruce Springsteen!!! You can listen to the show by going to www.bluesdeluxe.com


Rocky Mountain SlidesMAY 31ST 2007 – SLIDIN’ INTO ENDORSEMENT

Matt Walsh is now endorsed by Rocky Mountain Slide Company. Look for an audio music clip of Matt demonstrating his favorite RMS slide on the company’s website www.rockymountainslides.com coming soon.

“RMSC offers a truly unique hand crafted guitar slide, at an affordable price, to the discriminating guitarist that is looking for a “tonal” bridge between the warmth of ceramic and the balls of a thick glass slide, but wants more volume and a truck load of Rocky Mountain Mojo!” – RMS


CD MojoMay 22nd 2007 – ‘HARD LUCK’ IS PICKED UP BY CDMOJO

Matt’s new album is now available on CDMojo.com. CDMojo’s goal is to put the music of independent artists, small labels, and large labels at the fingertips of the fans that love Roots music. CDMojo was created by the same company that publishes the largest music publications in the Blues, Folk, and Roots genre. They know and love Blues, Folk, and Roots music. CDMojo is a consignment store, which means that you are buying the music from the artists. CDMojo takes a small fee from each sale (included in the price) to cover costs and the rest of the money goes to the artists who need it to keep playing the music.


radioApril 25th 2007 – RADIO PROMOTION UNDER WAY

Matt’s new album ‘Hard Luck’ ( Raw Tone Records ) produced by and featuring Bob Margolin is getting set to be promoted to over 160 Blues radio outlets across the country for the month of June 2007. Tune your radio dial to BLUES and keep your ears wide open. Check back soon to find out which stations are playing songs from the new album.


Hard Luck CoverApril 1st 2007 – NEW CD RELEASE!

Matt’s newest CD ‘Hard Luck’ ( Raw Tone Records ) featuring and produced by Bob Margolin ( former Muddy Waters’ guitarist ) will be released April 13th! Other guests include Max Drake ( Big Bill Morganfield, Skeeter Brandon, Mel Melton ), Matt Hill, Chuck Cotton ( Bob Margolin, Jimmy Rogers ) and many more. The album includes 12 original songs by Matt with a focus on nasty old school Chicago Blues as well as Rockabilly, Jump, Piedmont Blues and Roots Rock. Check the schedule page for CD release part locations near you. For more information on ‘Hard Luck’ click the album cover to the right.


Sweet BettyFebruary 24th 2007 – MATT WALSH AND SWEET BETTY BRING THE BLUES TO THE OUTER BANKS AND HIT HARD!

Matt Walsh and the Maddogs teamed up with vocalist Sweet Betty at an unforgettable show Feb 23rd in Manteo NC, for the Freedmans Colony. This is a great annual event and past performers include Honey Boy Edwards and Beverly Guitar Watkins. If you haven’t heard of Sweet Betty, check her out at:

www.myspace.com/sweetbettyblues

She is a deep, soulful singer that needs to be heard. After both bands performed Matt and Betty shared the stage for renditions of ‘Brown Liquor’ and ‘Got My Mojo Workin’. Shout out for our new friends Albert White, Sol, and Ardie.


Blues RevueAugust 2006 – BLUES REVUE INTERVIEW!

Matt is interviewed by Bob Margolin in the Aug / Sept 2006 issue of Blues Revue magazine!

Excerpt :

Matt Hill is 20 and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, near where I live. Matt Walsh is 28 and lives in Wichita, Kansas, but often visits his family and plays in North Carolina and surrounding states. They love Old School Chicago Blues and have both already gone a long way towards playing it with authentic tone and command of the guitar language. Both of them can sing it too, and improve every time I hear them. They are young today and will keep this style alive on bandstands and preserve it as more than history. They may develop so much themselves that they carry the style forward with their own contributions. Lets talk to Matt and Matt and find out what’s on their minds besides greasy pompadours…

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