If you could
combine the hot, electric sound of Austin, Texas with the soulful
grooves of Chicago blues, then throw in some east coast classic
rock mixed with west coast funk, you get Liberty City, the hot
blues band hailing from Batavia, Illinois. The members of Liberty
City use both exacting musicianship and gritty passion to extract
maximum potential from each song they play.
formal educations in the areas of classical music and jazz, guitarist
and vocalist Joel Matter, bassist Andrew Maas, and drummer Jeff
Matter formed the group 10 years ago to explore music styles otherwise
not available to them.
In 1996, Larry Andersen of Chicago, Illinois joined the group
as their harmonica player as well as contributing to vocals. Andersen's
influences lie deep within the heart of Chicago blues, and have
helped to tremendously widen the repertoire of Liberty City. The
band is always inviting their fellow musicians to come and play
with them. Whether it is A.J. Gomez to blow sax or "Brother"
John Kattke to play keys, they always add excitement to the group.
Liberty City plays an exciting blend of music that is sure to
appeal to a wide variety of audiences and age groups. Along with
their own compositions, Liberty City plays the music of blues
greats Buddy Guy, BB King, Albert Collins and Elmore James. The
group also features songs from the more contemporary blues sounds
of Chris Duarte, Robben Ford, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray.
Whether swinging to a classic shuffle, pouring their hearts into
a soulful ballad or bringing the house down with a honky-tonk
boogie, Liberty City is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.
Over a year in the making, their first cd, Four Guys and a Cadillac,
was released just in time for twin brothers Jeff and Joel's 21st
birthday. Teaming up with their fellow band members Larry Andersen
and Andrew Maas, they are on the road to establishing themselves
as the next generation of blues artists. The members of Liberty
City hope that tonight, somewhere across America some young boy
or girl discovers the blues as they did many years ago. By the
you're looking for the other Blues Brothers you'll find them here.