Matthew Hurd is an acoustic multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from the hills of Northeast Tennessee. He is currently promoting his debut album As Best We Can which is coming out in April 2015. Check out what guitar picker extraordinaire Trey Hensley had to say about the album –
“I’ve known Matthew for several years now and I’ve always been impressed at the level of heart and soul that comes through in his picking and singing…and this project is no exception! This album is made up of great musicianship, great singing, great songs, and a vast supply of mountain soul! A winning combination for sure!”
Matthew grew up in a very musical family over in the Eidson area of Hancock County, Tennessee. His childhood memories consist of working in tobacco fields with his family and travelling with them as they performed Bluegrass around the region with their band The Bluegrass Partners. As he grew older, he and his younger brother Clint joined the family band and performed at local festivals. Matthew honed his skills during that time and developed a reputation as a versatile vocalist and musician.
He performed with many local bands over the years, but went on hiatus to work construction and finish college. After graduating, Matthew took a job teaching back in his old stomping ground of Hancock County and met his wife to be, Leslie. With her encouragement, Matthew decided to again pursue his passion for music and began planning to produce his own album.
After spending months writing and pouring through material, Matthew began preparing to go into the studio. He contacted a few of his friends, who had now become prominent musicians in the field of bluegrass, to help him put the flesh on his skeleton of an album. The musicians on the album are – his lifelong musical partner and brother,Clint Hurd on mandolin; his longtime friend Tony Mowell on Bass; his longtime friend and former band mate, Matt Cruby, on banjo, and legendary multi-instrumentalist Ron Stewart on fiddle.
Matthew Hurd’s music is all about balance – walking that fine line between too much and not enough, whether it be lyrically or musically, and giving the listener just the right amount.