Rock band Matney, fronted by singer-songwriter and guitarist Michael Matney, releases their brand-new single/music video, “All Fired Up,” a track from their forthcoming album, The Redneck and The Redman.
Talking about the song, Michael Matney says, ‘”All Fired Up’ is a night out on the town, feeling cocky and running on all cylinders. The hypnotic, relentless pulsating drive is definitely going to take you someplace.”
Originally from Virginia and now living back there on a farm, in a log cabin, Matney‘s career has seen him rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in rock music over the years. His influences include Billy Gibbons, Frank Marino, Pat Travers, and Robin Trower.
At the age of six Michael Matney began piano lessons but after hearing the music coming out of the radio, at age eight he started to play guitar. One day a friend invited him down to his basement where his older brother and some friends were jamming with electric guitar, bass, and drums. He was hooked!
After finishing his schooling, he moved to Nashville where he met Kriss Famous and joined Tabu. Matney also played guitar for David Allan-Coe in the mid-80s for a while. Eventually, he started the band White Boy and The Average Rat Band.
Matney completed a music degree as well as a degree in recording industry management in 1997 at Middle Tennessee State University. During his time in Nashville, he interned at Asylum Records in the A & R department and also worked for a PR company on Music Row.
Now Matney has teamed up with Matt Novensky (bass) and multi-platinum producer/artist Stevie Salas to produce an album by his new band, Matney. Salas has previously worked with Buddy Miles, Mick Jagger, and Rod Stewart, and is also an award-winning composer in his own right. Rolling Stone called Salas one of the 50 all-time greatest guitar players.
“All Fired Up” rolls out on down-and-dirty, refluxing guitars atop a throbbing rhythm as Michael’s Billy Gibbons-like vocals imbue the lyrics with deliciously nasty raspiness. Tumescent with wicked, irresistible energy, the tune reveals an imminent, electrifying mood. An impressive guitar solo infuses the song with boiling colors.
With “All Fired Up,” Matney channels the luscious, muddy textures of ZZ Top, only with rawer oomph and tougher momentum.