What started as a recoding session with friends from High School in 1988 went on to release 4 full albums and 2 EPs. Their CD release in 1997, in which they were joined by Levon Helm, was the beginning of the Black Potatoe Music Festival, which continues to this day celebrating it's 22nd Anniversary in July 2018.
From it's beginning in 2002, with a recording with Levon for the Jersey Jams, Jersey Cares CD to benefit the victims of 911, it continues today headlining the Annual Black Potatoe Music Festival. 2004's release "Political Pop" happened the same time that Matt had his run for US Congress in New Jersey's district 7. Albums include "Political Pop", "Son of Political Pop" and the soundtrack to the first Black Potatoe film "Demand Your Independents". Future releases will include a live recording with Bernie Worrell, Bernard Purdie and Garth Hudson, a 10 song studio recording with Pinetop Perkins, a 4 song EP with Honeyboy Edwards, and a 11 track gospel recording with Anthony Morgan's inspirational Choir of Harlem.
In 2006 Matt recorded his first solo album "Matt Angus" with Larry Campbell and Tony Garnier from Bob Dylan's band. The 10 song album received high marks from National press and charted at #2 on the Roots Blues Chart and in the top 30 of Non-Comm AAA and Americana. 12 years later his second release "Songs from a Jailhouse in Bisbee" will see the light of day at this summer's Black Potatoe Music Festival. It will include songs from the upcoming film "The Decade", directed and written by Matt. With a future release in 2019 to be named later.
Upcoming Events with Matt Angus
Released in 2000 this was a leaner much more productive Angus, as well as their last release. It featured Kim Williams, John Davies, Jaime Coan, John Ginty, Anthony Krizan, Neal Casal and Levon Helm. With John Ginty producing and it marked the first project in which Scott Hull was the mastering engineer, and John Holbrook (Natalie Merchant/Brian Setzer) mixed a couple tracks as well.