“Breathing new life into a classic art form.”
– Ear to the Ground
“Their high energy and harmony is sure to make you want to dance!“
– Sierra Hull, Rounder Records recording artist
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.