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Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch

Effingham, Illinois, United States | INDIE

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St. Louis, MO and Effingham, IL – 01/05/2006 - On December 27, 2005, Effingham, IL native Matt Poss, lead singer of Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch, received the honor of being named a Winner by the Song of the Year (http://www.songoftheyear.com) songwriting contest for the Country music genre. Song of the Year is an international songwriting contest supporting VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation. The Song of the Year judges are some of the biggest names in music including many Grammy Award winners.

Song of the Year is excited to recognize Matt, and co-writers Larry and Mike Passalacqua for their exceptional songwriting ability for the song “Her Mama Don’t Love Me”. Matt competed against songwriters from all over the world for this honor. Matt Poss comments, “The sound coming from Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch is something very different than what has come out of the “Nashville scene” as of late. However, Her Mama Don’t Love Me represents a traditional country tune we created and shows we are Country, we’re just not your daddy’s Country”.

Currently, Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch are concentrating on building their presence and fan base in the Midwestern region. In 2006, they will continue to build a growing awareness of their original music, while using the high caliber of musical talent in their band to perform around the region. “We’re going to do this old school”, comments Matt Poss, “we’ll stay true to our fans and our musical roots, and still give everyone a show they will not forget.”

You can find more information about Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch by going to www.mattposs.com. Also, you can contact JQ Entertainment, their management team, at www.jqentertainment.com for booking or publishing information.
- VH1


Matt Poss Review
09/26/06
The Highdive – Champaign, Illinois

Let me start by saying that writing a review for Matt Poss (aka Matt Passalacqua) is a pleasant and unexpected surprise. I went to The Highdive to see Jack Ingram and knew that I would have to endure an opening act but I gotta say that Matt Poss and the Wild Bunch made the wait for Jack seamless – even enjoyable – actually the wait was down right entertaining and I loved every minute of it. As a matter of fact the only thing that I can think of that would be a strike against Matt is that he’s not from Texas – but being the reasonable person that I am I won’t hold that against him. I mean let’s face it – we can’t all be from Texas and if you can’t be from Texas I suppose Effingham, Illinois is as good a place as any to call home.

Matt has a great stage presence. Matt has charm. Matt has a huge following (known as Poss’s Peeps) and Matt has a voice that just won’t quit. I vaguely detected it in a couple of songs that night but when I got home and really listened to his CDs (yes…I bought both of them) I definitely picked up on a certain “Waylonesque” quality in his voice.


Matt’s songwriting is solid and he has a great range of material. Some of it is as Country as Country gets – some of it has more of a Blue Grass flavor – some of it even has a Rock feel – but it’s all good. Variety is a good thing – it keeps us from getting bored and bored is the last thing you will be when listening to his music. I must confess that I buy a lot of CDs. I must also confess that I bought quite a few CDs in the past few months that I listened to once and never put back in my CD player but I can honestly say that I have listened to Matt’s CDs enough that I can sing along with a few of the songs and I already have my favorites that I listen to over and over. Even as I am typing this "Sweet Marie" is playing in my head. That’s a good thing – that’s a really good thing.

I know I said he has a certain “Waylonesque” quality in his voice but it would be just plain wrong of me not to mention that I could also hear The Man In Black shining through when he sang “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I’ve Been Everywhere” – although I’m pretty sure Johnny Cash never sang “I’ve Been Everywhere” that fast. Catch one of Matt’s shows and you’ll know what I am talking about. He did an amazing job on those tributes – Johnny would have definitely given him an approving smirk.

Well, I’ve told you everything I know about Matt Poss and the Wild Bunch. I don’t know where they’ve been – I don’t know where they’re headed – but I do know that whatever opportunities lie down the road – they’re ready!

Thanks guys! It was a real pleasure to make your acquaintance and it will continue to be a pleasure as I keep listening to your music.
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©2006 ASW Music Co. All rights reserved.
- Anni Lichty - ASW Music


Contact: Melissa Welch
Sarah Tober
Armed Forces Entertainment
210.829.1953
mwelch@rc-co.com
stober@rc-co.com
November 28, 2006


Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch to perform for troops in Germany

Up-and-coming group offers country sound with a twist

Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch will bring their distinctive country sound to U.S. troops stationed in Germany for three shows during the holidays, including a New Year's Eve show for the Kaiserslautern military community. The group has been called "Country's Revolution," for its high-octane country sound, with a rock-a-billy spin.
In November 2005, Poss was named the winner of VH-1's Song of the Year songwriting contest. This honor came two years after Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch recorded their first CD, "Fool Enough." The Effingham, Illinois-based band released a second, self-titled CD in October 2005. Singles from both CDs are receiving airplay on a number of stations in the Midwest, as well as in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia.

“Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch put on an excellent show and the troops are looking forward to starting off their New Year in American style,” said Marine Corps Captain Jesse Davidson, Armed Forces Entertainment circuit manager for the Europe circuit.

The name of the band comes from one of Poss's favorite Western movies “The Wild Bunch.” “The movie was made in a traditional fashion, but at that time it pushed the limits in a lot of ways," said Poss. "The film was so honest, which is what worked. That's exactly what we do in this band. We remain true to our country roots, but we are also pushing the limits to create a whole new sound.”

In addition to Poss, members of The Wild Bunch include Marty Williamson on lead and rhythm guitars, Rex Pickens on bass guitar, Adam Robertson on drums and George King on pedal steel. Poss says that everyone in the group is looking forward to performing holiday concerts for the men and women stationed in Germany.
“This is a cause that we can really get behind because we are so proud of the great job our troops are doing to defend our freedom,” said Poss. “We’re a country band and I don’t think there’s anything more American than that. We want to give our troops a night to relax and enjoy some music from home during the holidays.”

Armed Forces Entertainment is the lead Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas, with priority given to those in contingency operations and at remote and isolated locations. The Department of the Air Force is the executive agent of Armed Forces Entertainment. Founded in 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment brings a touch of home to more than 500,000 troops annually, embracing the best of Americana that stretches across all genres of entertainment. Visit www.armedforcesentertainment.com for more information.

To learn more about Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch, visit www.mattposs.com.
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- Armed Forces Entertainment


PRESS RELEASE

LOCAL MIDWESTERN ARTIST GETS NATIONAL ATTENTION – AGAIN!



St. Louis, MO and Effingham, IL – 01/31/2007 - On December 27, 2006, Effingham, IL native Matt Poss, lead singer of Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch, received the honor of being named a Finalist by the Song of the Year (http://www.songoftheyear.com) songwriting contest for the Country music genre. Song of the Year is an international songwriting contest supporting VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation. The Song of the Year judges are some of the biggest names in music including many Grammy Award winners.

Song of the Year is excited to recognize Matt for their exceptional songwriting ability for the song “Your Cowboy Rides Away”. Matt competed against songwriters from all over the world for this honor. Matt Poss comments, “The Hi-Octane Country sound coming from Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch is something very different than what has come out of the “Nashville scene” as of late. However, Your Cowboy Rides Away represents a traditional country tune we created and shows we are Country, we’re just not your daddy’s Country”.

Currently, Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch are concentrating on building their presence and fan base in the Midwestern region. In 2006, they opened up for a variety of national country music acts and also were selected to become “Featured Performers” for Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE). In December of 2006, they performed their first AFE tour of several US military bases in Germany. In 2007, they plan on continuing to build a growing awareness of their original music, while using the high caliber of musical talent in their band to perform around the region. “We’re going to do this old school”, comments Matt Poss, “we’ll stay true to our fans and our musical roots, and still give everyone a show they will not forget.”

You can find more information about Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch by going to www.mattposs.com.

- Mishawaka Records


Up-and-coming group tours with Armed Forces Entertainment
Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch will bring their distinctive country sound to U.S. troops stationed in Europe June 26-July 10. The group has been called "Country's Revolution," for its high-octane country sound, with a rock-a-billy spin.
“Our last Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Germany brought another level of awareness and purpose to our music. Personally, it showed me that the men and women of this country's Armed Forces are doing everything they can to perform the job they are over there to do,” said Poss. “It is a real treat for us to go over there, let them enjoy a true taste of home and send the message that Americans really do care, and want them home safe and sound when the job is deemed finished.”
Recently, the band played an Armed Forces benefit concert that raised money for the Wounded Warrior Fund, a non-profit organization operated out of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC), in Landstuhl, Germany. The band visited LRMC on their first European tour with Armed Forces Entertainment and witnessed firsthand the needs of wounded soldiers, most who arrive at LRMC with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. The band requested people provide cash donations, which will be presented personally to the Wounded Warrior Ministry in Landstuhl upon their return this summer.

In November 2005, Poss was named the winner of VH-1's Song of the Year songwriting contest and was recently a finalist in 2006 for the song “Your Cowboy Rides Away.” These honors came only a couple of years after Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch recorded their first CD Fool Enough. The Effingham, IL-based band released a second, self-titled CD in October 2005. Singles from both CDs are receiving airplay on radio stations in the Midwest, as well as in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia.
The name of the band comes from one of Poss's favorite Western movies “The Wild Bunch.” “The movie was made in a traditional fashion, but at that time it pushed the limits in a lot of ways," said Poss. "The film was so honest, which is what worked. That's exactly what we do in this band. We remain true to our country roots, but we are also pushing the limits to create a whole new sound. In addition to Poss, members of The Wild Bunch include Marty Williamson on lead and rhythm guitars, Rex Pickens on bass guitar, Adam Robertson on drums and George King on pedal steel.
“Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch have proven time and again that they are a country band with a fresh style and dedication to creating meaningful songs and lyrics,” said Marine Corps Captain Jesse Davidson, Armed Forces Entertainment circuit manager for the Europe circuit. “Having the band perform in Europe for the July 4th show will mean a lot to the troops who sacrifice so much and deserve to be honored on this patriotic holiday.”
Armed Forces Entertainment is the lead Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas, with priority given to those in contingency operations and at remote and isolated locations. The Department of the Air Force is the executive agent of Armed Forces Entertainment. Founded in 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment brings a touch of home to more than 500,000 troops annually, embracing the best of Americana that stretches across all genres of entertainment. Visit www.armedforcesentertainment.com for more information.
To learn more about Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch, visit www.mattposs.com.
- Armed Forces Entertainment


Discography

2003 - Fool Enough - CD Release
-Contains award winning "Her Mama Don't Love Me" - VH1's Song of the Year Winner in November 2005

2005 - Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch - Self-Titled CD Release
-Contains award winning "Your Cowboy Rides Away" - VH1's Song of the Year Finalist in November 2006

Matt and the Wild Bunch’s music regularly receives airplay on WSIU in Carbondale, and WCRC and WKJT in Effingham, IL. The have a substantial following in Southern IL, Terre Haute IN, and the St. Louis area.

In addition, Matt and the Wild Bunch have opened for national acts such as Marty Stuart, Kid Rock, Aaron Tippin, Diamond Rio, Sara Evans, Slaid Cleaves, Fred Eaglesmith, BR-549, Phil Vasser, Daryle Singletary, Rhett Atkins, Wade Hayes, and Trent Summar and the New Row Mob, Keith Anderson, Shooter Jennings, Josh Gracin, and REO Speedwagon.

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“WILD BUNCH!!!”

Walk into any performance of Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch and that’s what you’ll here the crowd shouting back at the band as they crank out some of the Hi-Octane Country you can hear on the second CD released by Matt Passalacqua, known in the area as Poss!

The name of the band was lifted from one of Matt’s favorite western movies. “The Wild Bunch is a traditional western,” says Matt, “but for it’s time, it pushed the limits in a lot of ways. Yet, it was honest and so it worked. That is exactly what we do in this band. We remain true to our country roots, but we are also pushing those limits instead of just playing it safe for the radio.” When asked to describe the Wild Bunch sound, phrases like “Fusion Country” or “Cosmic American Music” are often heard from band members, eschewing the old country-rock or more recent alt-country labels. “It’s just different,” says Matt. “We believe we’re carrying on the traditions of Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, Dwight Yoakum, Steve Earle and Marty Stuart. It’s country. It’s just not your daddy’s country.”

Success!

That sound has not gone unnoticed in the Indie music scene. In 2005 and 2006, Matt Poss was named winner and finalist in VH1’s Song of the Year (http://www.songoftheyear.com/ ) songwriting contest. Song of the Year is an international songwriting contest supporting VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation. Also, this album received Honorable Mention at the Indie DIY Convention 2006 – a competition in which their album was judged against hundreds of other albums, regardless of musical genre! Late 2006 also brought acceptance into the ranks of Featured Performers for the USO/Armed Forces Entertainment. Joining such esteemed company as Kid Rock, Aaron Tippin, Charlie Robison and other talented and mainstream performers, they completed a tour of US bases in Germany during the holidays and are slated to return for a two-week two of Germany, Belgium, and England in the Summer of 2007. They received additional critical acclaim in June of 2007 by being named Featured Country Artist at Coca-Cola’s website www.mycoke.com. About the same time, they received a nomination for their latest album to the Los Angeles Music Awards. All of this tremendous achievement arrives for Matt Poss & The Wild Bunch as they roll through 2007, a year in which the momentum for their sound has reached a record pitch. But where did it all begin…and how in the world did they get here? Two words…”Fool Enough”!

Fool Enough:

In the winter of 2002, Matt Poss was busy singing
lead and playing acoustic guitar in a side-project called Lower Broadway. It was an ultra-traditional country project that would heavily influence Matt’s songwriting as he prepared to record his debut album. Before Lower Broadway, Matt was primarily a rockabilly and bluegrass singer. Some of the songs that would end up on the debut CD were written long before 2003, but all previous attempts to create a cohesive album had always been derailed.

Consequently, for the first time Matt allowed himself to freely indulge in his hardcore country leanings. The resulting fusion of styles became an album full of high-octane country and rockabilly stomps mixed in with a little bluegrass and one true-blue tear-in-your-beer ballad.

In the Spring of 2003 Matt finally pulled the trigger. “I was pushing thirty years old and had been writing songs my whole life and didn’t really have anything to show for it,” Matt says. “Most entertainers’ careers are over by 29, but I was just beginning. So, I had the players, I had the songs, and I had a studio in mind. I just decided it was going to happen…that was that.” “Fool Enough”, was recorded at Private Studios, in Urbana, with Jonathan Pines at the controls.

Wild Bunch:

When it came time to put together a band for the album Matt tapped Marty Williamson, one of Matt’s Lower Broadway mates, to play lead and rhythm guitars. “I had one of the best guitarists in the entire state of Illinois playing on my debut album,” Matt laughs. He also had the foundation of what would one-day become The Wild Bunch. Adding to this album are his equally impressive guitarist brother Larry Passalacqua, bassist brother Mike Passalacqua, and a father Larry Passalacqua Sr. pickin away on the banjo. You might say Matt has “some” musical talent in his family…like you might say the Atlantic Ocean has “some” water in it! To round things out, a host of other talented regional musicians complete this debut album.

When Matt continued his push to get the best musicians in his band to promote Fool Enough, another of Matt’s Lower Broadway mates, Rex Pickens, signed on for bass guitar. “Rex brings a great feel to the band. He has a ton of taste and a great groove,” Matt says. “Not only that, but Rex is an excellent singer and also writes some great country tunes. Beyond a doubt, when it happens, the next album will definitely have some Rex Pickens tunes on it.”

Drummer Adam “Tank” Roberts