Introducing Singer/Songwriter Matt Poss, whose unique sound and sensibility is carved straight out of the dirt road American dream. Matt was born and raised in the tiny flyover town of Effingham IL, right in the Middle of The Midwest. Although he spends about half his time in Nashville these days, Effingham is still where he calls home. “I’m really proud of growing up around here,” says Matt Poss, lead singer and songwriter for The Matt Poss Band. Poss has spent the last decade zigzagging across the United States, driving his van to and from shows - small town and big city dives alike; strumming on his beat up old Yamaha guitar, penning songs, and exploring the backroad mythology of his native Southern Illinois, and chasing the spirits of his musical heroes. Roads meet, roads split, and the roads always led back home. Poss’s forthcoming album, No One Gets Out Alive, follows them all, every twist and turn in a post 9-11 modern American Journey - a journey that’s positioned him as one of our keenest, most honest modern storytellers, telling both his tale and ours.
The road pulled Matt and crew halfway across the globe, to the hills and poppy fields of Afghanistan and back home again to gather the stories that would make up the fourteen songs of Beans & Bullets. Ten years ago, after playing a show in downtown Cincinnati, a representative from the USO was in the crowd and approached Matt and invited him to travel to Europe and play for the troops over Christmas and New Years. That one trip began a relationship between Poss and our military men and women that continues to this day. His last album, Beans & Bullets is an accounting of that relationship, but it’s not your typical military flag-waving patriotic album. Instead, B&B focuses on the nuances and subtleties and insanity of life in the service, and by focusing in on the local, Poss manages to reach the universal.
An extremely prolific songwriter, now with eight albums to his name and Signed to SESAC and Average Joe’s Publishing, Matt’s songs have been covered by acts like Dierks Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Hello Dave, Chain Station and Pin Monkey. Poss saw this next phase of his journey as an opportunity to explore even deeper into both his country and rock & roll roots. Exhibiting the same gritty independent streak as his heroes Steve Earle, Chris Knight, and The Zac Brown Band, never fitting particularly neatly into a genre box, he’s always just made the music that moved him. However, it’s safe to say that he feels more kinship with the country community, particularly as a storyteller. Poss’s smalltown bluegrass and country roots always manage to shine through. And yet the hard rocker of his youth is never very far from the surface. The different sides of Poss’s personality collide on No One Gets Out Alive in sometimes unexpected and thrilling ways.
Matt is steadily proving that an “overnight success” takes a while to accomplish. Mixing elements of country, bluegrass, rock and blues, Poss 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 originals like Three Bricks Shy and Jack Rabbit. Each fan is won by live performance or good old word of mouth. It is a testament to talent and appeal that Poss has shared the stage with many of his heroes, like the aforementioned Earle, Knight, and ZBB. Or with Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnson, Eric Church, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Todd Snider, Shooter Jennings and Blackberry Smoke. Whatever road Poss decides to take us down next, you can rest assured it will be a good ride and worth a listen.
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