Matthew Fogle & Orange Rock
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Matthew Fogle & Orange Rock

Bardstown, Kentucky, United States

Bardstown, Kentucky, United States
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"Years of playing in bands have Matthew Fogle On The Brink"


There was just something special in the way The Beatles performed during appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s. Those times are cited by unknown masses musicians as the reason they decided to pick up a guitar and start a rock band.

At only 24, Matthew Fogle, Bardstown, was more than a decade away from being born when the band splintered. He was far too young to have seen The Beatles as much more than a historical footnote. That is, Fogle said, until a fateful marathon of TV viewing changed his life forever. “It was 1996 and the ABC network broadcast The Beatles Anthology series for like a week,” Fogle said. “I just fell in love with rock music and that band. I started writing songs immediately and didn’t even own or play an instrument yet.” He sat down with a cassette recorder and began to hum and sing melodies and lyrics with no musical backing. More than 20 songs were born during those first stabs at making tunes. Later he got a guitar and began learning in earnest.

Fast-forward 10 years and Fogle is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and recording artist. He toiled for years in various bands throughout the region. His most recent, Bad Stratus, disbanded during the last part of 2006. While music is his passion, Fogle said he felt it important to get an education. He graduated from Nelson County High School in 2000, St. Catharine College in 2002 and was Magna Cum Laude in his 2004 class at Bellarmine University. He works at his parents’ Bardstown-based radio station, WBRT, while pushing his new work as a solo artist. The impetus for getting out on his own for the first time was a combination of things, Fogle said.

When Bad Stratus stopped performing, Fogle was unsure what to do next musically. He could have started another group and played the local scene again, doing mostly cover-tunes, but that wasn’t for him. Fogle came close to moving to New York City to join a friend’s band as lead guitarist. In the end that didn’t really seem like the best choice either, Fogle said.

“By then it was the end of December and I had just written a new song that I was really psyched about,” he said. “I recorded it and was listening to it on New Year’s Eve and decided I had to move on with a whole CD.” Before he’d even gotten very far into the process, Fogle booked a CD release party at Bardstown restaurant/music spot Jazzy’s. Then with the deadline looming five weeks away and only one song completed, he got to work. “I hooked up with my friend Ryan Raikes at his brainchild 62 Studios in town here and we plowed through it,” Fogle said. “It was hundreds of hours recording, arranging and everything else to get it just the way I wanted.”

On the CD Fogle decided to sing everything himself even though prior to that he was mainly known for his guitar work, not vocals. He said since the songs are very personal, he was compelled to be the voice people heard. To fill out the songs he was backed by Matthew Barnett on drums and Raikes on bass guitar and keyboards. The two still play with him at most shows, an arrangement he said works well.

“I was finally able to get my thoughts from the past 10 years recorded,” Fogle said. “I think it turned out well.” The title of the project and group are “Matthew Fogle: On The Brink” Instead of opting for something a bit more obvious such as The Matthew Fogle Band (or group, trio, experience, project, etc, he said).

“I don’t like to do the obvious,” Fogle said. “I want to do things a bit differently than even I have in the past.” For example, instead of playing mostly in bars with a dance floor, he is booking shows in locations that are more focused on the music itself. He doesn’t mean any disrespect or have a problem with other venues, he just feels the current way he is playing lends itself to a more intuitive crowd that wants to hear original music.

Fogle said his guitar playing and approach to the songwriting process has matured with time, but even some of his earliest songs still have a level of depth to them since they are tied to emotions and are often uplifting. “They aren’t specifically religious in nature, but they are very inspirational, I think,” he said. “I have a great admiration for bands in the vein of Collective Soul and Live.” With those bands as inspiration, Fogle said the songs on the CD have “an epic or anthem” feel. Several run in the six and seven-minute range.

“I like to call my sound neo-classic anthem radio rock,” he said. “The songs are about bigger things. You won’t find me singing about ice cream cones or pickups. There’s nothing wrong with that style, it’s just not me.” Until a big break comes to take him away from the radio station and Bardstown, Fogle said he plans on keeping the project in the eye of the public with interesting promotions.

“I’m not joking here, there is a good chance that you’ll see me doing a tour of Laundromats,” he said. “I’ve never heard of that being done before and you’d have a built-in captive audience.”

- The Kentucky Standard

"Bardstown musician to go on Laundromat tour"

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bardstown musician Matthew Fogle is attempting to go where few musicians have gone before. Beginning Monday, he’ll be hanging out in Laundromats across six states, but rather than doing laundry, he’ll likely just be singing about it.

His so-called Spring Cleaning Tour will kick off Monday at Mr. Tubs Laundromat in Bardstown, followed by a 4 p.m. performance Tuesday in Elizabethtown’s Smitty’s Coin Laundry, 300 Sycamore St. From there, he will visit laundry facilities throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee.
“I got the idea for a Laundromat tour last spring when I drove past one near my apartment and there were several people inside who looked like they needed to be entertained,” Fogle said. “I’m giving them something to listen to while they wait for their dirty socks to get clean.”

Fogle, 25, has been playing music more than 11 years and recently went solo after playing lead guitar with a number of rock bands since 1998. He has released a CD, “On the Brink,” which boasts 11 original compositions.

To learn more about Fogle or his Laundromat tour, visit

- The News-Enterprise

"Kentucky Musician to Embark on Tour of Laundry Mats?"

BARDSTOWN, Ky. An acoustic rock musician from Bardstown, Kentucky will embark on a month-long tour of laundry mats, spanning a number of cities in six states. Matthew Fogle kicks off the promotional expedition, aptly entitled "Spring Cleaning Tour" on Monday, March 24th in his hometown of Bardstown. The tour then visits nearly 20 laundry mats in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and other stops in Kentucky. The tour wraps up back in Bardstown on Thursday, April 17th.

Fogle, age 25, has been playing music for over 11 years and recently went solo after playing lead guitar with several rock bands since 1998. The solo venture was kick-started last year with the release of his debut CD "On the Brink" an 11-track album with all original compositions, some written before Fogle was able to play the guitar.

"I got the idea for a laundry mat tour last spring when I drove past one near my apartment, and there were several people inside who looked like they needed to be entertained," Fogle remarks. "I'm giving them something to listen to while they wait for their dirty socks to get clean."

The following stops are included on the tour, but Fogle says he may pick up a few more by the time it's all over with:

Mon, March 24th: Mr. Tubs - Bardstown, Kentucky; 6 p.m. (Tour '08 Kickoff!)
Tue, March 25th: Smitty's Coin Laundry - Elizabethtown, Kentucky; 4 p.m.
Thu, March 27th: Suds 'n Duds - Lexington, Kentucky; 3 p.m.
Sat, March 29th: Outer Loop Coin Laundry - Louisville, Kentucky; 2 p.m.
Mon, March 31st: Five-Star Laundromat - Florence, Kentucky; 4 p.m.
Tue, April 1st: Super Laundry (Goodman Ave.) - Cincinnati, Ohio; 4 p.m.
Wed, April 2nd: Mc Laundries - Columbus, Ohio; 4 p.m.
Thu, April 3rd: Dirty Dungarees - Columbus, Ohio; 4 p.m.
Sun, April 6th: Centerville Coin Laundry - Dayton, Ohio; 2 p.m.
Mon, April 7th: Wash-N-Glo - Indianapolis, Indiana; 4 p.m.
Tue, April 8th: Alonso Handy Wash & Video - Terre Haute, Indiana; 6 p.m.
Wed, April 9th: Weekly Wash - Vandalia, Illinois; 1 p.m.
Thu, April 10th: Wash U Inc. - St. Louis, Missouri; 4 p.m.
Fri, April 11th: Boone Cleaners (12th St.) - Murray, Kentucky; 3 p.m.
Tue, April 15th: Clay Street Coin Laundry - Nashville, Tennessee; 4 p.m.
Wed, April 16th: Laundry Basket - Bowling Green, Kentucky; 4 p.m.
Thu, April 17th: Kenny's Coin Laundry - Bardstown, Kentucky; 7 p.m. (Tour '08 Finale!)

For more information on Matthew, and to hear full audio tracks from his CD online, visit You can also type in

Details for each tour stop can also be found on the website.

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- eNewsChannels

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Today we talk with Matthew Fogle who has strung together a tour of Laundromats. He said it wasn’t an easy sell because it thinking "outside the box." He has performed two of these and he seems to think things are going well. They do not pay, and all the pay is from CD sales and tips. For more information about Matthew go to and for information about his CD.

Think about this. He has an audience that CAN’T LEAVE. You will have a true opportunity to bond with the audience in an intimate area, and hopefully have that translate into CD sales. The tour will cover 17 dates and 6 states. It took persistence as many of the owners of the Laundromats were not actually at the Laundromat and he had to repeated chase them down. However, when he got in contact with some of them, they loved the idea.

I think if he put up flyers enough in advance you may have people scheduling their laundry day when they knew that they wouldn’t have to sit there and watch reruns of Judge Judy. He has only done two of these gigs but will let us know how it goes when he’s finished.

As for gear, he’s just brining in a powered speaker. He doesn’t need much. In some cases he can get away with just him and a guitar. He says he just wants the CD out there, so he is selling them for $5 (where some people sell them for 10 or $15).

Until I See the Sun by Matthew Fogle for more information go to

- "Jammin" Dave Jackson

"Musician Embarks on New Era with Spring Cleaning Tour"

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Musicians play in stadiums, concert halls and auditoriums.

But when you're just starting your career, you want to start small.

That's certainly the case with young Bardstown musician Matthew Fogle.

The singer-songwriter has played in rock bands for ten years.

Now he's a solo act, starting a month-long unplugged tour in laundromats in six states.

Fogle, 25, is hoping to WISK new fans, into a TIDE of popularity, to begin a new ERA of performing success, that will lead to financial GAIN.

Matthew says,"It's more intimate, and like I said, it's more surprising for people. And it's not the same audience. And that's kind of what I'm going for here, is a brand-new audience in the afternoon, not the same audience that comes out at 10 or 11 at night."

The staff and the customers agree, Matthew's self-titled Spring Cleaning Tour is a fresh new approach to doing the laundry.

Cindy Shutters, laundromat manager, says "He called me, and I thought it would be nice for the customers. They could do their laundry and hear a little song, and get a little entertainment."

Dashonda Bush says, "Think it's nice, something different. Never had anything like that before."

Carrie Bensing agress, "I think it's great. Keeps us going. Hanging up clothes and doing clothes."

In case you missed Matthew at the Outer Loop Coin Laundry, you'll be able to catch him at the Alonso Handwash in Terre Haute, Indiana, or at the Clay Street Laundry in Nashville, Tennessee in the weeks to come. Maybe by then he'll have his laundromat love song written. I's about a hook-up."

Matthew says, "The lyrics haven't actually been written yet, but the concept is that you're in a laundrymat, and you wish you had a hookup, and you're sad that you're there, and a tornado comes through toward the laundrymat, so everybody gets into the co-ed bathroom and you eventually meet your wife while you're in the co-ed bathroom. So at the end you're glad you didn't have a hookup."

Matthew's new CD is entitled "On the Brink" and it's available from his website,

- Fox 41 "Fox In the Morning"

""Plea:491" Review by Andrea Guy"

Album Title: Plea: 491
Artist: Matthew Fogle
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Title of Review: Rock N’ Roll Heaven
Reviewed by Andrea Guy


Matthew Fogle rocks! His latest EP Plea: 491 will take you to Rock N’ Roll Heaven with great lyrics and great guitar riffs. The album opener “God Of Power and Might” sends his prayerful message out loud and clear to all who will listen.


Matthew Fogle has thrown his hat in the Christian rock arena after playing in the secular indie rock scene for eight years. His latest offering is the EP Plea: 491 was recorded in November 2009 in Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, TN, and is a real rocker that is almost like a collage of the last thirty years in music. The five tracks on the EP seem to touch many genres from classic rock to power pop and alternative.

Fogle sounds a bit like Dylan on the opener, “God of Power and Might.“ Actually, he sounds like both of the Dylans, father and son. His voice takes on an eerie similarity to the elder Dylan while the music sounds like Jakob’s Wallflowers. The song is a good mixture of modern and classic sounds with a spiritual message and is by far the strongest on the album. It is often said that song is making a joyful noise unto the Lord. If that is the case, Matthew is doing that loud and clear.

The highlight of the album comes with the second track, “Come Back Source.” It has a great riff and a catchy chorus that will have you singing along in no time. This song has the potential to crossover into the mainstream pop arena. “Splashdown” is a wonderful song that speaks of baptism. The opening line sets the tone as he sings “I feel the colors of the earth. Splashdown to waters of rebirth.”

The closing track is a ballad that will touch anyone’s heart. The lyrics are heartfelt and seem to be the most secular of the five tracks that make up Plea: 491. If you give the song a few listens, you will find that there is likely more to it. When he sings “I’m Sorry I let you down. Crying in your final hour.” it is hard not to think of Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial of Christ.

This EP is a well-rounded taste of what Matthew Fogle has to offer his listeners. He delivers songs that rock and ballads that make you think and possibly even strengthen your faith. He does all of this with a healthy dose of guitar and some great drum beats. One of the best guitar solos can be found on the song “Garden Flame.” It will have you head banging like Wayne and Garth.

Plea: 491 is fresh and enjoyable listen for any fan of Christian music. Fogle’s ability of writing songs that appeal to the masses, while still bringing his message of faith can certainly gain him listeners. He manages to share his beliefs in a way that neither overwhelms the listener nor takes a backseat to the music. Fogle’s music is what it is: solid Christian rock.

Review by Andrea Guy - ReviewYou


Release Date: Jan. 25, 2010

1. God of Power and Might
2. Come Back Source
3. Garden Flame
4. Splashdown
5. You'll Be There

"On the Brink"
Release Date: Feb. 24, 2007
1. Cool Release (played regularly on 93.1 The Fox w/ Mudd)
2. In the Meantime
3. Weak
4. Till I See the Sun
5. Silent Waters
6. Leading Breeze
7. Fall Away
8. Lost Heart (Instrumental)
9. Freedom is Our Lives
10. Amen
11. Two Months Till May



Christian rock/pop/edgy contemporary music. Acoustic solo, 2-piece (guitar/ works!) or 3-piece band! Love to work with churches, festivals, or events of any size. Clean, positive lyrics.

We are glad to provide our own PA (12 channel Mackie mixer, 2 Mackie powered speakers) along with our performance for no extra cost. I can also run sound for other performers for a small fee.

I am also glad to give a testimonial or a message along with our performance if needed.

>>> With confidence and a leap of faith, Matthew Fogle entered the Christian rock realm in 2009 after playing the secular indie rock scene for 8 years. In 2011, going with the flow of opportunities presented, Matthew expanded from a simple solo artist to full band, now going by Matthew Fogle & Orange Rock. Fans are describing the music as a new twist on contemporary Christian, with a catchy modern rock feel. Add to that contemplative Christian lyrics that are listener friendly, and you’ve got an interesting mix. The excitement is here, and the band is performing in and around Louisville, KY, and wherever else God leads them to go.

The latest EP – “Plea-491” – was recorded at Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, TN, and produced by Chris Mara. The EP is decorated with five original Christian rock/pop songs, each praising the name of Jesus Christ in its own way. The music is reaching and inspiring a vast and varied audience. Promotion of the EP is ongoing through music stores in Louisville, at live shows, and online at, CDBaby, iTunes, and

The journey towards “Plea-491” began in the mid ‘90s, when, with the same musical knowledge as an oil can, Matthew started writing rock songs on a cassette tape (yes, a cassette tape). The tape was soon full of original material, and it became the catalyst for a future songwriter and performer, and inspired the young musician to get his first acoustic guitar. Now, Matthew has played in hundreds of shows (400+), both in bands and his solo career.

And now, it’s all in the hands of God, for God is at the center for Matthew Fogle & Orange Rock. “Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.” – Isaiah 25:1. Enjoy the music, and God bless! <<<

Mission Statement:

We, Matthew Fogle & Orange Rock, are committed to seeing and praising God’s work through creative music. Our purpose is to journal our own personal growth as human beings in God’s eyes, and to create an oasis for other people, believers and non-believers, to experience the power of Jesus Christ. We will take every avenue imaginable, both creatively and professionally, to write from the heart, and to reach an audience whose hearts also need love, and also need a Savior. Through God’s will, and His will alone, will this thrive into an impacting musical endeavor.

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