Matt Cox: Bio
Since first picking up a 6-string at the ripe age of 14, Shenandoah, IA, native Matt Cox has gone on to produce an illustrious catalog of timeless songs, hymns full of lonely highways, distillery lunch breaks, longing and realization. After handling sticks for Phoenix, AZ, based Junk Ditch Road for a short stint in 2002 then later establishing his self as a vibrant part of the Omaha singer/songwriter scene, Cox released the celebrated Folker's Travels in 2007. Since his formative time in AZ, Cox has begun to define his singular style and toured a good part of the United States. Reaching new fan bases in towns like Denver, CO where he played an integral part of A Moveable Feast, a songwriters co-op, and Austin, TX where he was invited two years in a row to perform at their prodigious SXSW festival. Meanwhile local stages like The Waiting Room, Barley Street Tavern, and McKenna's Blues, Booze & BBQ - allow Cox to bring his foot-stomping, white-boy blues & old-time country to a constantly ever-growing fan-base.
After three years of travelling and about 300 solo performances later, Cox formed the Matt Cox Band in the summer of 2008, and released his second group of highly anticipated songs entitled My Last Dollar on his own independent label - Down Home Records in the spring of 2009. With what started as a trio consisting of friends Seth Ondracek (bass), and Ben Zinn (electric guitars), has now become a full-force five piece ensemble adding piano man Nick Semrad and Andrew Tyler (drums) in 2009. Nominated for three Omaha Entertainment & Art Awards in '09 including Album of the Year, Country/Folk/Americana Artist of the Year, and crowned winner of the 2009 OEA Blues Artist of the Year, 2010 promises to be even better than the last. With a live show that showcases some of the best players in the region, and a raw energy that reveals the passion and experience the long-time friends share with eachother on stage and off. Whether you crave the guitar driven jams of the Allman Brothers, the story telling of Dylan, or the country charm of Willie Nelson, The Matt Cox Band is sure to deliver!
Joe Fletcher is a midwestern born, New England raised singer-songwriter living in East Nashville, TN. He released his third independent record, You've Got the Wrong Man, in October of 2014. This intimate solo album is a departure from his previous efforts with his band The Wrong Reasons (White Lighter and Bury Your Problems).
Made up of his gritty original songs as well as covers by his peers Brown Bird and Toy Soldiers, it was recorded live over a few months on a mobile recording unit in Rhode Island, Georgia, and Tennessee in the spirit of some of Joe's favorite records by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Jimmie Rodgers, and Bruce Springsteen among others.
Now a four year veteran of the Newport Folk Festival, Joe has toured with The Devil Makes Three, Band of Heathens, Deer Tick and has opened for the likes Jason Isbell, Lucero, Robert Ellis, John Doe, The Low Anthem, and many more. Joe spends most of his time touring in what has truly been a grass roots operation thus far.