So here we are, in perpetually sunny Florida, with exactly three weeks behind me since first arriving here with a packed u-haul and my car in tow. Things have been good. It took me a couple of days to get settled and get my own space carved out, but once I did, I really hit the ground running. 

I've been on the phone and in the car more than ever before, but I'm loving every second of it. I've been pitching my solo, duo, and full band shows to anyone and everyone, and I've managed to get 6 gigs booked in November and 6 gigs booked in December so far. Every day, I'm meeting new people that are really incredible, and genuine interactions are frequent and plenty. Here's a pic of me out on my grind: 

Picture
See how happy? The weather has been absolutely INCREDIBLE, so that's helping keep the mood up as well. 
Picture


In other news, Brue and I hit the studio earlier this week to finish up his lead parts for the new album, and I am happy to report that all of the parts have been officially recorded! The album is now being mixed and mastered, and we're still aiming to have it released around the beginning of December. The new songs are really sounding killer... I can't wait for you guys to hear them!

As always, keep an eye on our Facebook page to keep tabs on all of our upcoming performances. We've got gigs lined up in DeLand, New Smyrna, and St. Augustine, with more being added each day. 

Finally, I recorded a cover of the Ed Sheeran song "I See Fire" earlier this week and posted a YouTube video of it. Please forgive me messy hair... I had literally just woken up. ;) Hope you enjoy!
 
 

Life is unpredictable. Over the past couple of months, I’ve had to deal with some pretty major curveballs thrown at me, and it’s made me question everything I’ve been doing with my life. I’ve been thinking long and hard about what I want out of life, how I want to spend my time on this earth, and who I want to be. The only thing for certain is that everything changes, and I’ve found myself square in the middle of some pretty major changes as of late.

There are many aspects to who I am, but my one constant has always been music. Many of you in the Chicagoland area know me only as a musician because that is how I’ve chosen to present myself when meeting new people and 
on social media.  I have never really identified with my “day job” (even though it has been a respectable professional position) and I’ve always had this nagging feeling that I should be doing music more. Sure, I’ve played lots of shows and written, recorded, and released original material, but the effort that I have put into these endeavors has always taken a backseat to my primary career and the stability and safety that comes with a regular paycheck.

 I’ve always wondered what I could accomplish if I devoted 100% of my energy and efforts to my music. 


Recently I’ve endured some personal hardships that have shifted my perspective on life completely. What I’ve realized is: all we have on this earth is time. How we spend our time – each waking moment – is priceless, because it could all be gone in an instant, and this exact moment could very well be our last. The past is a memory and the future is a fantasy, and it’s completely up to us how we feel and what we do at any given point in time. I’ve been involved with music in one way or another since the 2nd grade, and nothing in this life has ever made me more fulfilled, happy, or more connected with the present moment. I want to feel that connection at all times. I want to live a life of passion and fulfillment. I want to do great work.

Last week, I put in my two weeks’ notice at my day job. On October 1st, I will be moving down to Florida to pursue my music full time. I’m tired of being unfulfilled for 40+ hours per week and doing mediocre work because my heart isn’t in my profession. I know where my heart and my passion lie: they’re in  every chord I strum, every note I sing, every song I write, and every fan I interact with.

I’m sad to leave Chicago and all of the wonderful friends I’ve made here. I’ll miss this great city and I’ll always reflect fondly on my time spent here and the countless experiences that Chicago has afforded me. I genuinely want to thank everyone that has supported me in any way over the past 7 years here, and I hope you’ll all continue to support me in my future endeavors.

To my Florida friends and fans – I’m coming home. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with all of you and finally being able to deliver the best show I possibly can. I have no delusions about how difficult this is going to be… times are going to be tough for a while, and it may take some time to build the band I need to, but I have the utmost faith in my spirit, my heart, my friends, and my family, and my gut tells me this is exactly what I need to do.

Forget the status quo, and fuck the naysayers and this culture of fear and complacency we’re raised in. It’s time for me to finally be the most authentic version of myself possible.

Genuinely, sincerely, and truly, from the bottom of my heart – thank you all for your support. You’ll never truly know how much it means to me.

Here’s to the future,

-Matt 

 
 
Picture
We're super stoked to be playing a full band show and debuting some of our new material off the new album (due out later this fall). Davey Leatherwood starts the night out at 9pm. No cover. 

Where: Cafe Davinci, 112 W Georgia Ave. DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 736-0008
When: Saturday, October 4th
Cost: Free 

Click here to check out the Facebook event. 

 
 
First off, I want to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone that came out to the Stetson Homecoming show last weekend at Cafe DaVinci. The place was packed, and everyone had a blast! What a great way to close down the 2013 gig season. 

As you may or may not be aware, we've been working hard on the follow up to the first album. We originally planned to put out a 5 or 6 song EP, but as I've been writing material and coming up with ideas, I've quickly realized that I've got WAY more than 5 or 6 ideas, and I want to take the time to get a full album fleshed out. So, while it's going to take a little while longer to get an album released, I think you'll be much happier with twice as many songs. ;)

SO, please bear with us while we get this thing done. There's no gigs on the books for the next couple of months in order to allow time to finish up the album. 2014 is going to be awesome, and you'll have a whole new MBB soundtrack to nod your head to. 

Cheers!
-Matt
 
 
Picture
Hey Florida folks: MBB is coming for you! Brue and I will be playing an old-school acoustic cover show at BEACHSIDE TAVERN on Friday, April 26th. The following night the whiskey will be flowing freely with the  FULL BAND on the outside stage at Cafe DaVinci on Saturday, April 27th.  We will have two very talented opening acts as well, Jenna Messer and The Fine Line and an acoustic set from Davey Leatherwood. Should be a great night, the show starts at 9 p.m.

Hit up the FB page for the event details and to tell us that you're coming out to party with us!

Cheers,
The Matt Burke Band