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Matt Walsh


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Here’s my story straight ahead and to the point without trying to convince you that I’m the next Blues messiah. I’d rather paint an accurate and honest picture of myself for you, instead of some cliche that usually relies on heavy hype and empty sensationalism…besides that, hey, it’s just personable.

I was born in Statesville, North Carolina in 1977 and I had leanings towards music at an early age. When I was five, I loved the novelty band Sha Na Na and I used to imitate their show by putting grease in my hair and using a vacum cleaner hose for a microphone.

I still can remember my grandfather telling me that ” A little dab will do you”, when I put the grease in my hair to assume the role. The fascination I had with this and with other types of music I heard, grew over the years, and I was always anxious as a kid when I heard a sound that was different or foriegn to me. My mother encouraged my appreciation for this, and many other artistic outlets that I found. But my real education began with my late uncle.

Thanks to my uncle Cary, I got hip to a lot of musicians in my preteen years. These included Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Canned Heat, Chuck Berry, Johnny Winter and the Rolling Stones. Keith Richards was and still is one of my musical idols. These musicians were a road map to the music that I grew to love the most. But at this time I had no idea that the rock music I had come to love, was rooted in something much deeper…the Blues. I can give the credit for that to my uncle Cary as well. He was not a musician by any means, but he did know a lot about music. Ever meet someone like that? Ever heard of someone with a story like this? Probably.

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