Electronic Press Kit 2017-11-10T12:48:20+00:00

2015 Philadelphia Folk Festival

Man About a Horse brandishes strong ties to the folk music tradition, with a progressive streak that informs their original songwriting. The band is known for its vocal harmonies; uptempo, high-energy sets; and rock-solid, authentic songwriting.

Man About a Horse has performed at festivals and in venues around the eastern U.S., and shared bills with the likes of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Travelin’ McCourys, Danny Barnes, Donna the Buffalo, Wood & Wire, and many others. The band has released two studio recordings: “The EP” (2015) and a self-titled full-length “Man About a Horse” (2017), which debuted at #11 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, and earned widespread praise, including from Bluegrass Unlimited, the bluegrass genre’s premier magazine for 50 years.

Man About a Horse was formed in 2014 by Philadelphia musicians, Matt Thomas (bass) and Matt “Roy” Royles (guitar and vocals). The band’s roster now includes Dan Whitener (banjo), Matthew Hiller (mandolin), and Elizabeth Carlson (fiddle). The band is represented by the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) for live appearances. Contact: Brad Rosen (brosen@apanewyork.com).

RECOGNITION: #11 on Billboard Bluegrass Chart (May 2017); Top-selling bluegrass album on Bandcamp.com (May 2017); Formal showcase, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (2016); Podunk Bluegrass Band Contest (2016); PHL Live Center Stage (2017)

SUPPORT: Cabinet, Danny Barnes, Hot Buttered Rum, Wood & Wire, Donna the Buffalo, Dead Winter Carpenters

FESTIVALS: Philadelphia Folk Festival (PA), Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival (MD), Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival (DC), Busy Bird Bluegrass Festival (NY), Spring Pickin’ Bluegrass Festival (PA), Podunk Bluegrass Festival (CT)

“High energy” is an understatement and Man About A Horse is a self-titled debut album that requires dancing or foot-tapping or some kind of movement. What it is is hard to describe other than to say it’s good music. That ought to be enough.

Michael K. Brantley, Bluegrass Unlimited

Breathing new life into a classic art form.

Greg Jones, Ear to the Ground
Their high energy and harmony is sure to make you want to dance!
Sierra Hull, Rounder Records recording artist

A barnstormer of a full-length debut, an exceptional exemplar of the young grassband genre that rocks with wry, green energy from the very first original track.

Boyhowdy, Cover Lay Down

Videos

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Discography

“Man About a Horse”
April 28, 2017 (Self-released)

“This is a good one.” – Bluegrass Unlimited

“[A] ‘no skip’ bluegrass album” – Ear to the Ground

“[A] barnstormer of a full-length debut, an exceptional exemplar of the young grassband genre that rocks with wry, green energy from the very first original track.” – Cover Lay Down

Download the one-sheet.

“The EP”
March 2015 (Self-released)

“Man About a Horse” debuted at #11 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart for the week of May 20, 2017

Tour Dates

For booking, contact Brad Rosen (brosen@apanewyork.com).

Download PDF of tech rider and stage plot.

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