Matt O’Ree Band are bringing the sanguine New Orleans style of blues to you with their new single, “Better As I Go.” The Ashbury Park Blues outfit have released the second single today, which is from their forthcoming album, Hand In Glove, that is set to be released later this month. And here you can check out the lyric video for that single, in which the song is about wisdom coming with age.
Co-vocalist Eryn O’Ree gives a little more detail on the track by saying:
This is a song that I feel everyone can relate to at some point in their lives. It’s about accepting yourself and all your flaws as you grow older. We may have more wrinkles or be as thin as we used to be, but all of that marks the life we have lived and makes us who we are today. Because we don’t get old, we get better.
The band will be kicking off a series of shows in early October starting in Raleigh NC at Pour House, then they will wrap up in mid-November and with one single show December 30th in Hopewell, NJ at the Hopewell Theater. You can find a full list of dates below.
10/06 – Raleigh, NC @ Pour House
10/07 – Gainesville, FL @ Mother’s Pub
10/13 – Sanford, FL @ The Alley
10/14-10/16 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Biketoberfest
11/03 – Toms River, NJ @ Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts
11/12 – Palm Coast, FL @ Freedom Fest
11/13 – Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Blue Jay Listening Room
12/30 – Hopewell, NJ @ Hopewell Theater
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Former touring guitarist for Bon Jovi, NY/NJ Blues Hall of Fame inductee, and crowned “King Of The Blues” by BB King himself, MATT O’REE has been a driving force in the blues/rock music scene for over three decades.
Forming his solo band in 1994, the MATT O’REE BAND has received multiple Asbury Park Music Awards, with O’REE winning the Guitar Center King of the Blues Award in 2006. He joined Bon Jovi as a touring rhythm guitarist in 2015 before putting the focus back on his solo career.
Co-vocalist and NY/NJ Blues Hall of Fame inductee Eryn O’Ree (ex-Smashing Pumpkins) joined the band prior to the release of 2016’s Brotherhood, which features appearances by Bruce Springsteen, David Bryan (Bon Jovi), John Popper (Blues Traveler), Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MG’s), and Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf).
Growing up on influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower, Joe Walsh, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, the MATT O’REE BAND has taken all these diverse elements and forged a new iron.