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Matt Woods



Please join us for an afternoon with roots and blues musician Matt Woods. Matt is a seasoned performer who is excited to share the diversity of roots and blues (traditional delta, hill country and urban electric blues, to gospel, country and folk music) with Mason City! 

There is no cover charge for this free concert. 

About Matt Woods Blues Music:
An Iowa native, Woods has been performing regularly since 2002 and has released 4 albums (two solo albums, and two backed by his unparalleled band, The Thunderbolts). He has also won the Iowa Blues Challenge and gone on the represent the state in the International Blues Challenge an unprecedented 3 times. Matt’s first solo album, “If I Was a Fish”, finished inthe top 5 of the International Blues Foundation’s “best self-produced CD” category in 2006. His two subsequent albums, with The Thunderbolts, have also gained national attention. 2007’s, “Be My Friend”, was referred to as “blistering” by Dirty Linen magazine, and Living Blues magazine called 2010’s “Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts”, “a smoking amalgam of Hound Dog Taylor and Freddy King”. Additionally, Blues Revue called the album; raw, hypnotic and “very appealing”. Matt latest album, “Sawdust and Gasoline” was release in 2015. “Sawdust and Gasoline”, which has received extensive airplay in the U.S. and Europe, finished in the Top 5 of the International Blues Foundations “best self-produced CD” category in 2015, and has recently been nominated by Blues Blast Magazine for album of the year in the “Acoustic Blues” category!

Over the course of his career, Matt has also shared the stage with many notable acts, including; Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Louisiana Red, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, John Primer, RJ Mischo, Delbert McClinton, The Arc Angels, Dr. John, Kelly Hunt, and Joe Price. Perhaps most notably, in 2010, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts opened for Pat Benetar and REO Speedwagon at the famed Iowa State Fair Grandstand in front of a crowd of 10,000+.

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Here's a clip of Matt playing in his barn for the cats.

Earlier Event: October 17
The Common Ground Company
Later Event: October 24
Paint your Pet Workshop