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 half a decade of constant touring across the US and Europe. The two met while living in Germany and began exploring traditional American music from abroad. In their subsequent travels through the States, they collected influences from various regional styles of American folk music. 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. They have been featured on various NPR and international radio stations as well as blogs including The Bluegrass Situation, Dying For Bad Music and more. Recent notable performances include NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio Show, John Hartford Memorial Festival (IN), Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International (MO), The Red Dirt Ball (OK), Boulevardia (MO), Beaver Island Music Festival (MI), Kendalville Bluegrass Festival (IN), Bluegrass Battles Hunger (MO), Old Mill Fest (TX) among others.
The Matchsellers’ new album Bluegrastronauts (released in March 2018) is old-time in outer space. It’s a far away galaxy as close as your first cousin. It’s a 100,000 mile an hour horse-and-buggy. After almost 5 years of life on the road and 2 full-length albums under their belt, The Matchsellers teamed up with Chad Graves (of the Hillbenders) and Betsey Mae (aka The Breakfast Sides) to complete this project of extraterrestrial bluegrass.
Recorded over a 2 week period in Springfield, MO, by Chad Graves, Bluegrastronauts hints at humor and love, uncertainty and absurdity. The four Midwesterners blend voices and instruments to create a sound that is somehow stuck between years gone by and those yet to come. They are at times wild and at others sincere, performing songs steeped in tradition and melody, but with a refreshing viewpoint.
For booking and general information contact them: thematchsellers [at] gmail.com
*** w/ Bluegrastronauts Band (Chad Graves – Dobro, Betsey Mae – Bass)
***June 22 Harvey’s, Redfield IA, 6:30pm***
***June 24 Farmer’s Mercantile Hall, Garrison, IA 2pm***
***June 25 White Wall Session, Sioux Falls, SD***
June 26 “In the Moment” with Lori Walsh, South Dakota Public Radio, 11am
***June 27 Concert Series, Spearfish, SD***
***June 28 Cervantes, Denver, CO w/ IRON HORSE and Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs***
***June 29 Bohemian Biergarten, Boulder, CO 10pm***
***June 30 House Show, Ft Collins CO (email for details)***
***July 1 Snowpack Taproom, Conifer, CO 2-5pm***