THE MATT POSS BAND
COUNTRY - Traditional
For over a decade, the members of Matt Poss Band have been doing things their own way, bucking the mainstream and playing by their own rules, straddling the fence between country and rock as if they invented the concept. Frequently on the road, MPB is steadily proving that an “overnight success” can take a while to accomplish. Based in the Midwest, the group has spent the last decade zigzagging across the United States, touring Europe twice and hitching rides on all sorts of military aircraft to entertain our troops in Saudi Arabia and 'downrange' Afghanistan.
Mixing elements of country, bluegrass, rock and blues, MPB has earned a passionate and diverse fan base that continues to grow, and it's about as organic as it can get. Cowboys, rednecks, truckers, hippies, bikers and yuppies can be found arm-in-arm singing along to MPB songs like Three Bricks Shy and Jack Rabbit. Each fan is won by live performance or good old word of mouth.
In the decade they’ve been together, they've released five full-length albums, with the last two being on the band's own label - Bonfire Records. Over 10,000 albums sold is no small feat for any group in this digital day and age, but MPB has hit that mark and continues to chug along, one show and a few fans at a time.
The latest album of original music, Greetings, was released in October of 2013. A compilation of hardcore country covers named Bonfire Bootlegs Volume 1 was recently released in late 2014. Despite a full schedule promoting the recent albums, the band is already carving out enough time to write and record their next batch of songs, which will end up in their early 2015 effort, a tribute to the troops named Beans & Bullets. The result will be an album that encompasses the last 10 years of MPB. Seventeen songs that capture the essence of a road-worn and battle-scarred band of brothers. That’s Americana. That’s old school. That’s the Matt Poss Band.