Rhythm Roots: Nostalgia and Tradition just walked in and can’t decide if they like the music enough to stay. Rhythm Roots is a new spin on the hybrid-genres between rhythm and blues and country music. City life meets country life, electric meets acoustic, whisky meets glass, and that’s just the first music video. Rhythm roots is migratory music, bringing the rural to the main stage.
Meet your host for Rhythm Roots
Matt Wilson, Memphis, Tennessee
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Your Rhythm Roots host Matthew Wilson is a lifelong musician and multi-instrumentalist residing in Memphis, TN. Born to a musical family, his tutelage in American Roots music began before he could walk – eventually taking his first baby steps on stage drumming for his father’s open mic at the age of ten and later learning to walk as the bassist in his brother Alex’s band. Some formative experiences would soon include live performances with Blues and Soul legends Hubert Sumlin, Syl Johnson, Clyde Stubblefield, Charlie Musselwhite and Taj Mahal. Having spent the past decade and a half touring across North America, Europe and Asia, Wilson has shared the stage or recorded with a number of renowned artists including Grace Weber, Nicole Atkins, Samantha Fish, Elvin Bishop, Shemekia Copeland, Victor Wainwright, Lurrie Bell, Jimmy Johnson, and Charles Hodges & Hubbie Turner of the Hi Rhythm Section to name a few. After two years on the road with Alligator recording artist Nick Moss, Wilson relocated from his hometown of Milwaukee to Memphis in 2014 to play bass full-time for Blues and Soul singer John Németh. Current projects include bass duties for Németh, rising star Buffalo Nichols and Americana stalwart John Paul Keith. The years spent on the road have led to many musical discoveries and that joy for finding and celebrating new artists is imparted in every episode of Rhythm Roots.
Keywords: electric, acoustic, retro, rhythm
Sounds like: Valerie June, Shovels & Rope, The Black Lillies, John Fullbright, The Wood Brothers