The Matchsellers is the unlikely result of a classically trained violinist from Kansas City, MO, (Julie Bates) and a Chicago blues guitarist from Warsaw, Indiana, (Andrew Morris) meeting in Leipzig, Germany, and forming a bluegrass duo. During their year of living and working as ex-pats in the former East Germany, the pair began reanalyzing the songs of their homeland, and developed a tight yet gritty bluegrass style. In the summer of 2013 they left their jobs to hit the road and haven’t looked back.
Since then they have toured Germany, the UK, the Czech Republic, and 21 US states, averaging 170 shows a year. Some highlights include the INDRA music club in Hamburg, the Dawg Daze of Summer Festival with Ricky Skaggs and the WDVX Blue Plate Special. The Matchsellers have become known for their excellent musicianship, tight vocal harmonies and an entertaining, high-energy stage show best experienced live. Faithful bluegrass traditionals and blues-infused originals are peppered with German songs and various folk covers for a diverse set list. They are currently touring on a gospel album, The Matchsellers See the Light. Their first full-length original album, Kosciusko County, will be released on December 27th, 2014.