As featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, The Bluegrass Situation and Bluegrass Today, the Matchsellers are Warsaw, Indiana native Andrew Morris and Julie Bates of Kansas City, Missouri. Their exciting, gritty, and often hilarious stage show has been developed over 6 years of touring across the US and Europe. The two met while working as American Cultural Ambassadors in Germany via the Fulbright Program and began exploring traditional American music from abroad. Since then, they have collected influences from various regional styles of American folk music including Bluegrass, Old-Time Fiddle, Hambone, Fiddlesticks, Cajun, Gospel and others. Their work has delved into subjects as academic as “German-American Musical Exchange” and as wild as “Science Fiction Bluegrass”. While a focus on humor and absurdity permeates their show, they are dedicated interpreters of tradition whose excellent musicianship, songwriting and taste are never overshadowed.
Four-Piece Bluegrastronauts Band:
The Matchsellers’ sometimes perform their Outer-Space Bluegrass Odyssey “Bluegrastonauts” with a 3 or 4-piece stringband normally featuring Chad Graves of The Hillbenders on Dobro and Betsey Mae on Bass. For more information on the 4-piece Bluegrastronauts Band click here.
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Notable Performances in 2019 Include
Ten Pound Fiddle (MI), Farm and Fun Time (VA), Birdfest (SC), Central Ohio Folk Festival (OH), John Hartford Memorial Fest (IN), Flatrock Jamboree (WI), Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering (IN), Byrd’s Creek Music Festival (TN), Fiske Planetarium for the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing (CO), Tri-State Bluegrass Festival (IN), and the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival (KS)
Apr 21 Stockyards Brewing Co, Kansas City, MO 3-6pm
Apr 27 Gaslight Gardens, Lawrence, KS w/ Old Fangled
May 2 Jackie O’s, Athens, OH, 6-8pm
May 3 Eclipse Company Store, The Plains, OH, 7-9pm
May 4-5 Central Ohio Folk Festival, Columbus, OH