Matt Bliton Band is a mid-Michigan-based folk, blues jam band fronted by acclaimed singer/songwriter Matt Bliton. The concert at UrbanBeat is a celebration marking the group’s third album entitled “Out of the Woods.”
The band draws influence from acts such as James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Eagles. The band released its first album, "Solid Ground, Endless Sky" in 2013, followed by "New Morning" in 2015. This third album, "Out of the Woods", fuses blues rock with rock and roll with grooves borrowed from basso nova, Latin and folk rock. The album, which was recorded with Ryan Wert at Elm Street Recording, also features Rick Seguin on harmonies, Mark Thompson on trumpet, Gary Clavette on sax, Mark Kieme on flute and sax, Joshua Dunigan and Ty Forquer on percussion.
The band has been featured at local music and performance festivals including BluesFest, Renegade Theatre Festival and Pumpstock Festival of American Roots Music. The single "Bus Called America" received a 2018 international songwriting award.
"We are always excited to get a chance to play our music for our families, friends and fans," Bliton said. “We are really looking forward to the release of our third album, and hope everyone has as much fun listening to it, as we did making it."
For more information on Matt Bliton and the Matt Bliton Band, visit mattbliton.com.
Matt Bilton album release party
Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., $15 door
1213 Turner Road, Lansing
(517) 331-8440, urbanbeatevents.com