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Matt Walsh

February 10, 2017 | 8 pm
Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
(276) 608-1220 | MAP

Matt Walsh is from Statesville, NC. He does around 200 shows a year either under his own name or with drummer Austin Hicks as the other half of the Rock-n-Roll duo, the Low Counts. His sound is influenced by anyone from Prince, Link Wray,Howlin' Wolf ,Black Sabbath orPete Rock among many others.His primary focus is making original music and mixing his roots with new ideas rather than replicating them. The result reflects an exciting blend of many genres of music — early electric and hill country Blues, Rock, old Country, Rockabilly, Soul,Stoner and Garage Rock, Hip-Hop and Psychedelia. His exposure to music came first came from his mother through her love of Motown. In his youth, he was fascinated with various types of music and was always anxious when he heard a sound that was different or foreign to his ear. His real education began in his early teens with his late uncle, who would turn him onto his record collection. It included many kinds of early 50's Rock, 60's Pschedelic and British Rock aside Pre-war, 50's electric and Hill Country Blues. When he introduced Matt to records by Lightnin Hopkins and similar musicians, he was taken by the rawness of the recordings and was inspired to play guitar.