Only the best

Matthew Burgess

United States Web



3 Doors Down, Ann Wilson & Roger Fisher from HEART, The Kingsmen, Spencer Davis, Chris Barron, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Thompson Square, Cindy Morgan, Bryan Duncan, O’Shea, Ty Herndon, Steel Magnolia, Drake White, Matt Kennon, James Otto, Trent Tomlinson


Normally people fill this space about how they were inspired by their first concert, a KISS action figure or all the pretty girls that followed Davey Jones around even though he only played the tambourine. My story is closer to being sealed up inside a kick drum by my big brother and having to beat/play my way out of it.

CHAPTER 1:  Seattle
I grew up in the NW Grunge movement, which is why I still wear flannel pajamas with holes in them. It was a great place to be a kid with “deep water” to draw from.

CHAPTER 2:  Los Angeles
Did “MY TIME” in LA. When not in traffic, I played mostly Jazz gigs with folks like Ernie Watts & Bobby Shue. I remember an awards banquet for Nancy Reagan, where the secret service followed me everywhere I went! Later I learned that the Reagans actually complained about my playing.  It’s my favorite claim to fame.

CHAPTER 3:  Nashville
Moved to Tennessee as part of a government plot to destroy all banjos. Nashville is like always being on a job interview for the best job ever. It’s an amazing combination of studio, travel, local gigs, hit writers and sausage gravy.