Philly's favorite bluegrass band, Man About a Horse brandishes strong ties to the folk music tradition, with a progressive streak that informs their original songwriting. Bridging generational boundaries, Man About a Horse is equally at home picking in concert parking lots and performing on stage at some of the nation's finest bluegrass festivals.
Man About a Horse was formed in 2014 when two Philadelphia musicians chanced to discover a shared love of bluegrass over beers at a Northern Liberties watering hole. Matt Thomas (bass) and Roy Matthews (guitar and vocals) had played in several successful bands, but longed for the close harmonies and fast picking of bluegrass music.
The band's roster now includes some of the Northeast's best pickers, including banjoist Dan Whitener (also of well-known bluegrass/hip hop band Gangstagrass), Justin Stevenson (whose mandolin playing is a fixture in the New Jersey Pinelands bluegrass scene), and Elizabeth Cary, who has toured internationally behind her virtuoso fiddle playing.
Though new on the scene, Man About a Horse has grown in leaps and bounds, releasing a studio recording in 2015 ("The EP") that earned national airplay on 'tastemaker' radio stations such as WXPN (Philadelphia) and WAMU Bluegrass Country (Washington, DC). The band opened the main stage of the 2015 Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has shared bills with the likes of Shakey Graves, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Steve 'N' Seagulls, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, and others at renowned venues around the East Coast. Their music has been featured on blogs such as The Key, the Random Tea Sessions, and Ear to the Ground.