matt coughlin and the growlers

matt coughlin and the growlers

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

Ever heard of funktry? Well, neither had we, until a fan at a show tried to describe Matt Coughlin and the Growlers to some one. Pour one part folk, two parts country, squeeze in some funk, shake, and enjoy.

Biography

Not surprisingly, Matt Coughlin & The Growlers represent the Pacific Northwest region as much geographically as they do musically. Representing four states and currently claiming Tacoma, WA, as home, Matt Coughlin (lead), Dalton Shotwell (drums), Kim Fox (violin), and Mitchell Vandenburg (bass) bring with them to the stage a vast array of musical knowledge and influences that speak to where each calls home.

Having performed with the likes of Rose's Pawn Shop, Vicci Martinez, James Whiton and the Downtown Apostles, The Head and the Heart, Storyhill, and more, the Swiss’s summer “artists in residence” have enjoyed much support from the musical community and developed a relationship with several respected venues. The band brings its blend of funk, country, folk, and a splash of pop – “Funktry”, as the band describes it – into each performance. The result is typically an evening of fantastic music and general joviality.

With the exception of a handful of specially-chosen cover songs, the entire library of music offered by the band comes from the hearts and minds of the four members with all lyrical content springing from the honest and optimistic pen of Matt Coughlin. The band operates on the same wavelength musically, pulling the best from each other as though it were procedure. The result is a strong musical fellowship as well as friendship. And the results at a live show can be infectious.

Matt Coughlin & The Growlers have one full-length album to their credit – a live album recorded in the winter of 2009 at The High Dive in Seattle. Its success continues to propel them into creating more material to share with their growing fan base.

For all the effort each member of the band makes to contribute each one’s craft to the sound, they emphasize being good folk above all. So next time you happen to find yourself where the music of Matt Coughlin & the Growlers can be heard, come by the stage and shake a howdy. There’s always room for more friends (along with a tall IPA).

Lyrics

the grind

Written By: matt coughlin

when am i gonna get this right
honey just give me one more night
no i won't let this grind me down

five more days of watching feet
five more days of the same old beat
no i won't let this grind me down

no i won't let this grind me down, no
the sun still rises when it's hidden behind ground
oh there's more gold in the ground
no i won't let this grind me down

outta bed before the sun
then it's dark when i get done
no i won't let this grind me down

sit inside and watch them pass
with four more months til i see grass
no i won't let this grind me down

no i won't let this grind me down, no
the sun still rises when it's hidden behind ground
oh there's more gold in the ground
no i won't let this grind me down

this is work and ain't it funny
the things you don for the money
no i won't let this grind me down

no i won't let this grind me down, no
the sun still rises when it's hidden behind ground
oh there's more gold in the ground
no i won't let this grind me down

no i won't let this grind me down, no
the sun still rises when it's hidden behind ground
oh there's more gold in the ground
no i won't let this grind me down

Discography

"Live at the Dive" 2009
- available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and may more
- Stream album on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Matt-Coughlin-and-the-Growlers/119187481476902

Set List

hush
the grind
working man
ain't it a shame (lead belly cover)
beer song
miss fortune
cold of winter
thinking tree
moondance (van morrison cover)
last ride
home
ruby's revenge
gale force