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2007 Events

Matt Nozzolio

Saturday May 5th at 7:30pm
Blue Frog Coffeehouse, Cortland, NY

Matt Nozzolio, a dobro and lap-style guitar player and singer from Connecticut, will bring his unique solo performances of bluegrass, blues and original music to The Blue Frog, 64 Main St., Marketplace Mall, Cortland, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

Matt, a veteran New England bluegrass and folk musician, brings a fresh interpretation of older country, bluegrass and blues music, drawing from the songbooks of Jimmie Rodgers, Cliff Carlisle, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, the Carter Family and others, in addition to his own compositions. He is one of only a few lap-style guitarists to play and sing solo.

In April of this year he was a featured performer at the 63rd Annual New England Folk Festival in Mansfield, Mass. He regularly performs in the New York City subway system as part of the Music Under New York program.

In addition to his solo work, Matt plays with the New England bands Charter Oak Bluegrass, The Bristol Boys (traditional country) The Remnants and Horizon Blue. He also is a member of the Griffin Hospital (Derby, Conn.) Arts and Entertainment program and the Midstate Medical Center (Meriden, Conn.) music therapy program.

Matt exclusively plays the guitar lap-style, using a metal bar. The technique, developed in the late 1800s by Hawaiian musicians, was adapted in the 20th century by blues, bluegrass and country musicians. Few musicians play the instrument solo.

For more information on Matt, including sound files, visit his website at matt.nozzolio.googlepages.com or myspace.com/mattnozzolio.