Though known primarily as an alt-country band, the Matthew Shadley Band prefers to not be confined within a genre. Mixing the introspection of a singer/songwriter with the self-assured spontaneity of garage rockers, the band moves stylistically in pursuit of an ever-changing muse.
After playing a variety of instruments and occasionally serving as front man for several Cincinnati-area bands, the somewhat reticent Matthew Shadley Brauer began rehearsing with fellow guitarist Jason Scherrer and others as the Matthew Shadley Band. In October of 2003, the Matthew Shadley Band made its debut playing an acoustic set at the 5th Annual Harvest Moon Festival held at the historic Southgate House in Newport, Kentucky. Shortly thereafter, Brauer and Scherrer added a more permanent rhythm section while Brauer moved to lead guitar and lead vocals. With Chuck Morgan on drums, Jason Peter on keyboards, and Tom Legg on bass, the band evolved from folk to an electric alt-country sound that came to resemble a latter day version of Buffalo Springfield or the Flying Burrito Brothers.
After the 2004 release of Five Easy Pieces, the band maintained a busy schedule headlining venues and playing regionally through 2004 and 2005 with Steve Tertel replacing Tom Legg on bass. They earned a reputation as “Cincinnati’s live show specialists,” and continued to reach a growing audience through broadcast and internet radio while playing larger venues and showcases, including the Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati.
In 2005, the band released a limited edition CD, Underneath the Red Light, comprised of live recordings that was made available at the band's live shows. The album showcased an elongated version of the traditional "Know You Rider" and a cover of Cracker's "I Want Everything", as well as several songs that would frame the band's next album.
Released in 2008, Summer Stone has thus far proven to be the band's masterpiece. Utilizing a wide variety of instruments, including horn sections on "Bittersweet Sometimes" and "Shadows" and a string section on "Santa Ana Wind", the songs still retain the garage atmosphere for which the band is known. Other songs ("Little Mrs. Lonely", "Savage", "Summer Stone") carry on the alt-country jam-band style established early in the band’s career. The album is thoroughly cohesive, framed by unique guitar riffs and peppered with interesting melodies and harmonies.
A little Black Crowes swagger with some of the sweetest rhythm and flow since Traffic. Check these guys out if you like The Stones, Wilco or Son Volt.
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