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“They played in barns. They played in strangers’ homes. But one thing these two rolling stones certainly didn’t do was gather moss.” ~ InkFree, Indiana
“Unbelievably talented, wry witted, sardonic, and occasionally slapsticky-this couple is bound for glory!” ~ Wild Rose Moon, Indiana
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 an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International (MO), The Red Dirt Ball (OK), John Hartford Memorial Festival (IN), 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, to be 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 Beymer 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 frenetic and at others sincere, performing songs steeped in tradition and melody with an interstellar amount creativity.