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MATT O’REE BAND Announces Long-Awaited Seventh Album Hand In Glove
Asbury Park blues mainstays MATT O’REE BAND have released the first single and video, “Whole Lotta Nothin’,” off their upcoming seventh album, Hand In Glove, due out later this year.
“The first song off our Hand In Glove album marks the beginning of a new journey for the band,” says founder and namesake MATT O’REE. “‘Whole Lotta Nothin’ is about the rock n’ roll love story between [co-vocalist and wife] Eryn and me. We took a different approach with the writing process for this album, and feel that this is the beginning of our story.”
Former touring guitarist for Bon Jovi, NY/NJ Blues Hall of Fame inductee, and crowned “King Of The Blues” by BB King himself, MATT O’REE has been a driving force in the blues/rock music scene for over three decades.
Forming his solo band in 1994, the MATT O’REE BAND has received multiple Asbury Park Music Awards, with O’REE winning the Guitar Center King of the Blues Award in 2006. He joined Bon Jovi as a touring rhythm guitarist in 2015 before putting the focus back on his solo career.
Co-vocalist and NY/NJ Blues Hall of Fame inductee Eryn O’Ree (ex-Smashing Pumpkins) joined the band prior to the release of 2016’s Brotherhood, which features appearances by Bruce Springsteen, David Bryan (Bon Jovi), John Popper (Blues Traveler), Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MG’s), and Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf).
Growing up on influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower, Joe Walsh, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, the MATT O’REE BAND has taken all these diverse elements and forged a new iron.
MATT O’REE BAND is:
Matt O’Ree – guitar, vocals
Lex Lehman – bass
Matt Wade – keyboards
John Hummel – drums
Eryn O’Ree – vocals
Layonne Holmes – vocals
7/21 – Freehold, NJ @ Thursdays Rock! Concert Series
7/28 – Red Bank, NJ @ The Vogel (w/ Anthony Krizan)
7/30 – Winchester, VA @ Bright Box Theater
7/31 – Long Branch, NJ @ Bands By The Beach
8/03 – Dover, OH @ Shenanigans
8/04 – DeKalb, IL @ Fatty’s Pub
8/05-08/11 – Sturgis, SD @ Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
8/13 – Vail, CO @ Shakedown Bar
8/14 – Frisco, CO @ 10 Mile Music Hall
8/19 – Little Rock, AR @ Midtown Billiards
8/20 – Nashville, TN @ The Local
8/21 – Murphy, NC @ Chevelle’s
10/06 – Raleigh, NC @ Pour House
10/07 – Gainesville, FL @ Mother’s Pub
10/13 – Sanford, FL @ The Alley
10/14-10/16 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Biketoberfest
11/03 – Toms River, NJ @ Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts
“…known for his scorching blues guitar around the shore…” – Billboard
“…a staple of Asbury Park’s rock and blues scene…” – NJ.com
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