The Matchsellers on Back Up and Push, March 28
The Matchsellers will strike up a visit to WTJU this Monday afternoon, March 28, around 4:30 (edt) in advance of their concert that night at The Garage (details). They will also be at The Tin Whistle this Saturday night, March 26 (details).
The Matchsellers is a bluegrass duo that began in the streets of former East Germany and now crisscrosses the US Interstate system year-round. In 2012, Julie Bates and Andrew Morris met while working as English teachers in Leipzig, Germany. Bates is a classically trained violinist from Kansas City, and Morris grew up playing electric blues guitar in the dive bars of Warsaw, Indiana. They found common ground in the music of their homeland and developed a tight yet gritty bluegrass style.
They have toured 3 European countries and 25 US states, performing 180 shows a year. 2015 highlights include the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Bluegrass Bazaar (Flint, MI), Norman Music Festival (Norman, OK), and a first place win at the Eddie Owen Presents songwriting competition (Atlanta, GA). Publications such as The Bluegrass Situation and Dying For Bad Music have recognized The Matchsellers for their excellent musicianship, tight vocal harmonies and humorous stage show. Their new album Songs We Made Up was released just this past February.