Shenandoah, Iowa, native Matt Cox self-released his debut album Folker's Travels in 2007 and established himself as a vibrant part of the emerging Omaha, Nebraska singer/songwriter scene. While local and regional stages allowed him to bring his foot-stomping, old-time country and blues to a steadily growing fanbase, Cox began to define his singular style and road worn vocals by touring a good part of the western United States and reaching new audiences in places like Denver, Phoenix, LA, and San Francisco, as well as Austin, TX (where he was invited to perform at SXSW). In 2009, Cox released his second group of songs entitled My Last Dollar and spearheaded another grassroots-style tour with stops in music meccas like St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, and again at Austin's prodigious SXSW festival.
After returning to Omaha, what started out as a trio consisting of friends Seth Ondracek (bass) and Ben Zinn (guitars/pedal steel), soon became a full-steam ahead five-piece known as The Matt Cox Band with the additions of piano man Nick Semrad and Andrew Tyler on drums. Cox and his band quickly gained the attention of heartland concert promoters and club owners, and began sharing stages with well-known national acts like Son Volt, Railroad Earth, and William Elliot Whitmore. During the spring of 2011, the well-oiled MCB went to Lincoln, Nebraska's Fuse Recording Studio with engineer Charlie Johnson, and recorded (over the course of two days) what would become Tracks In The Sound (Slo-fi, 2011) before the band's short lived time together ended as members pursued opportunities and families outside of their home state.
Cox saw this transition as an opportunity to refine his skills as a guitar player and songsmith and continued to perform his growing catalog of carefully written tunes as a solo artist for next two years before introducing a new cast of players in 2013, including longtime friends Walker Gerard (drums), Vern Fergesen (bass), and Colin Duckworth (guitars/pedal steel). In 2014, Nishnabotna, the fourth album from Matt Cox, was released on Sower Records and nominated for Album of the Year by the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.
Now a six-time OEAA winner for Best Country/Americana (2010-2014) and Best Blues (2009), the caliber of artist Matt Cox has become in the studio and on stage is being recognized regionally, and across the nation. Cox continues to play shows with an ever-changing lineup of the areas top talent and a raw energy that reveals the passion and experience that friends share with each other on stage and off. Whether you crave the guitar driven jams of the Allman Brothers, the story telling of Dylan, or the country charm of Willie Nelson, Matt Cox is sure to deliver!