For well over a decade, Matt Poss has devoted himself to making country music that’s equal parts uncompromising and empathetic, often giving voice to those who exist on the margins of modern life. Since first emerging as a solo artist in the mid 2000s, this black-dirt, Illini-bred singer/songwriter has steadily advanced from playing nearly-empty bar rooms to building a following so dedicated they’ve formed their own fan club - a self-governed group called the Three Bricks Shyers, comprised of 21,000+ members and counting.
Whis his new live album Beans & Bullets - Live & Reloaded, Poss reaffirms his commitment to creating music with purpose and passion, all the while dedicated to putting on live shows full of soul and unbridled energy. The follow up to the studio version of Beans & Bullets - a 2015 release that hit the top 40 on the Americana music album chart - Live & Reloaded deepens the spirit of solidarity that has long guided his every endeavor. Rooted in a relentlessly vital, rock-n-roll steeped country sound, Live & Reloaded is at once both a tribute to and call to arms for his blue collar brothers and sisters. Poss pays particular attention to veterans and others in society who feel as though they are being left behind by life, and attempts to give them hope by singing their lives back to them with compassion and not a small dose of dark humor.
Veterans and their families have always held a special place in Poss’s heart. Through four overseas USO trips including the Middle East and Afghanistan, Poss has payed more than lip-service to supporting the troops. Beans & Bullets - Live & Reloaded is something of a love letter and a thank you back to those folks who’ve given him so much in return. With his powerful baritone voice and lyrics that instill so much truth into one single line, Poss attests to the work of self-preservation in an often unbending world, and ultimately leaves the listener (veteran or not) with a profound sense of courage.
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