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The Original Hillbilly Thursday

  • Matt Poss Band
For ten years The Matt Poss Band has been doing things their way, bucking the mainstream system and playing by their own rules, straddling the fence between country and rock as if they invented the concept. Consistently on the road, The Matt Poss Band 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 country, touring Europe twice and riding around in helicopters “down-range” to entertain the troops in Afghanistan.

2012 was a banner year for the group who extended their very successful 2011 “Pickup Truck” tour well into the spring. MPB also garnered a touring stint their heroes and friends, Blackberry Smoke and have shared the stage with artists from all walks of life, such as David Allan Coe and Willie Nelson to Kid Rock, Eric Church and The Zac Brown Band. Not to mention, 2012 tacked up a third successful year for MPB’s own Bonfire Music Festival, a homegrown fall music, craft spirits and food festival.

Mixing elements country, bluegrass, arena rock, and blues, The Matt Poss Band has earned a passionate and diverse fanbase that continues to grow as the band itself evolves. Their fan-base is as organic as you can get. Cowboys, rednecks, truckers, hippies, bikers, and yuppies can be found arm in arm singing along to songs like “3 Bricks Shy” and “Jack Rabbit”. Each fan won by live performance or good old word of mouth.

In the decade they’ve been together, MPB has released four full-length albums—including 2011’s Buy The Ticket, the band’s first on its own label, Bonfire Records. 20,000 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 one fan at a time.