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His real musical 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 prewar, 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 guitar on the recordings and was inspired to learn the instrument. When he was 13, Matt got a knock off electric guitar for $25 at a flea market. Rather than going to the prom or attending football games, he set out to learn how to play the stripped down Blues that his new idols played. At the same time, he was also listening and learning from 50's Rock/Sun Records, Stax Soul, old Country, 60's and 70's Rock or whatever else he could find, as long is it had feeling and and wasn't contrived. By the age of 19 Matt began playing gigs and soon after dropped his day job at a hat store blocking and shaping hats to become a full time musician.
Just a heads up, when talking about Matt in any future press releases in advance of the festival, just tell the folks you can describe Matt Walsh and his music in 3 words..... "Whole-Lee-Cow" - Harold Donaldson / Planet Texas
(Mesquite TX )
"Matt Walsh...Soulful playing, great vocals...It's great to hear young musicians playing in the tradition. That's the only way the Blues will stay alive" - Paul Oscher (former Muddy Waters band member)
Remember, at The Bullpen $1 of every draft pint will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Always.