With roots in Wilson and Rocky Mount NC, the band Matty Begs officially began in the Spring of 2012. Known for their high-energy live shows, catch Matty Begs and their acoustic-electric party rock at the best clubs, colleges, and beaches the East Coast has to offer. Matty Begs writes original material that draws heavily upon the bands' influences. Catchy lyrics and sing-along, party-anthem choruses inspired by the likes of the Dave Mathews' Band, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows and Sublime, leave the listener feeling good and wanting more. Live, the band also covers a wide variety of songs, new and old, and infuses them with their own funky upbeat style to encourage the audience to have fun, sing along, and dance. Matty Begs released their newest EP "Wait For It" in May 2018.
Sound: Matty Begs is upbeat acoustic/electric groove rock that has a hint of reggae, funk, and jam all rolled into one!
Formed: Summer 2012
Matty Russo - Lead Vocals/ Acoustic Guitar
Ellis Ramey - Drums
Bo Faulkner - Lead Guitar
Stephen Dupree - Bass
Mark Harris - Sax and Percussion
Matthew Bergenn - Backing Vocals/ Keyboards
Drew Ryan - Sound and Light Engineer/ Booking
Hometown: Rocky Mount/Wilson, NC
Influences: Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Donovan Frankenreiter, G-Love, Dave Matthews, Michael Franti, Sublime, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Counting Crows, Mike Doughty
The band often gets asked "where did the name "Matty Begs" come from?"
Matty Russo, Bo Faulkner, Ellis Ramey and Greg Bradley joined musical forces in the winter of 2012. The band wanted a name that they felt represented the fun funky groove-rock sound they created, and "Matty" along with the acronym for Bo, Ellis, and Greg (BEGs) was thrown out as an idea. The band liked the ring it had to it, and "Matty Begs" was officially born!
Unfortunately after months of practice and a few rockin shows, Greg, the G of Begs, followed his heart and moved to Nashville, TN to purse his dreams. Before he left, Greg introduced the band to his friend and fellow bassist Steve Dupree. The band immediately bonded musically and personally with Steve and Matty Begs was rolling once again, this time adding the S (Steve) to Begs! The rest is history!
Matty Russo - Lead Singer and Acoustic Guitar
Matty Russo is a self-taught musician who picked up guitar as a teenager in his hometown of Utica, NY. After only four months of playing, Matty wrote his first song and from then on, music was in his blood. Matty has gained notoriety across the Eastern seaboard, touring extensively and selling tens of thousands of independently produced CDs as singer of the bands "Mishap" (Athens, GA) and "Joceifus Rifle" (NC). Matty’s new band “Matty Begs” joined forces in the Summer of 2012. Besides, music, Matty is an avid sports fan who loves playing basketball and working out.
Ellis Ramey - Drums/Percussion
Born and raised in Rocky Mount, NC Ellis has been playing drums/percussion since he could walk. Ellis played in bands "Long Shore Drift" and "Shirts and Skins" before joining Matty to form "Joceifus Rifle" and now their latest band "Matty Begs." Ellis' years of keeping the beat behind Matty make for a tight rhythmic sound you'll wanna grove to. Along with his love of music, Ellis loves to hunt, surf, and play tennis.
Stephen Dupree - Bass
The groove behind Matty Begs hails from Pinetops, NC. Stephen started perfecting his chops in a popular cover band "Fine Cut" (Wilson, NC) and local metal band "Threads of Fate" before joining "Matty Begs" in 2012. Stephen really brings the funk and gives "Matty Begs" that low-end groove that gets the fans dancing! Besides "slapping the bass mon" Stephen loves working on cars, riding his motorcycle, rooting on the Carolina Panthers, and watching wrestling.