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Bringing Country Back
updated: Sep 28, 2013, 3:00 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Matt Armor @ Muddy Waters ~ September 21, 2013

I'm not ashamed to say that I am a fan of alternative country. But of the new roots rock alternative country that has made its way to the mainstream again. Think Hank Williams III and Ryan Bingham - the type of country that derives its soul from blues, honky-tonk, and a bit of cow punk.

Luckily, Santa Barbara is home to one Matt Armor (of Blazing Haley) whose new solo venture is pure roots rock alternative country. Matt Armor recently played a set at Muddy Waters with a handful of friends just in time to promote his new kickstarter campaign for his upcoming 12 song album. With his strong twangy voice and incredible vocal range, Armor's new collection of songs vary from upbeat honky-tonk dance tunes to low sung country ballads.

"Matt Armor & Band" (Photo courtesy of Matt Armor)

The set was dark, loud, and intimate when Armor premiered his new work and new band. As the songs unfolded, it was easy to get lost in the pure country of it all. The ballads were heartfelt and delivered with intensity, while the more upbeat songs got the crowd dancing (but not 2-stepping).

According to Armor, this is the record he's always wanted to do, an Americana/Blues/Honky Tonk/Rockabilly album with some traditional and some not so traditional songs. The band is still getting used to playing with each other, but the crowd was very receptive, Armor asserts "You pour out your heart, and hope they like it!" And like it they did.

It was a good ol' time that's bound to bring country back.

For more information on Matt Armor's kickstarter, go to kickstarter.com (Note: This website won't launch until next week)


Things you should be seeing:

October 17-19th ~ New Noise Santa Barbara Music Conference & Festival [Festival]
Local concerts, workshops, lectures, and volunteer/mentoring programs for all ages, especially young people. For more information, go to NewNoiseSb.org

October 23th ~ Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ SOhO [Funk]
Funktakes over as KDTU plays tribute to Ray Charles. For ticket information, go to SOhOsb.com

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If you are in a band, know a band, or know of a rad show, please message Jenny to give her the info at Facebook/CuriousJennySchlax. This saves her work and keeps it real!


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