2002 – present (16 years)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Hailing from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN and schooled individually in jazz, roots and blues music, Mike Mattison and Paul Olsen began playing together in the mid-1990s. After being recognized with Minnesota Music Award nominations for Best R&B Group and Best Male Vocalist, the duo decamped to Brooklyn, NY in 1997 and have since stomped their way through nearly every venue in the metropolitan New York area, including Carnegie Hall. In 2003, they recorded their self-titled debut album at Dockside with Snyder, which was released on his Artists House label. Chosen by the Boston Herald as one of its top ten hidden pearl releases of the year, the newspaper called it the perfect blues appetizer. The Savannah Morning News said Scrapomatic reaffirms that good music still has the power to feed the soul.
Aside from his Scrapomatic duties, Paul Olsen remains active in New York City as a bandleader and an ASCAP award-winning songwriter, for Transition from the duos first album. Mike Mattison joined The Derek Trucks Band in 2002 as its lead singer, and performs 125 dates annually with the renowned guitar virtuoso. SONGLINES, his first studio album with the group, was released on Columbia Records in February 2006 and garnered critical acclaim from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and USA Today among others. Mattison is also featured on the recent DVD release by the DTB, SONGLINES LIVE.
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