Murdick has been playing professionally, in and out of the
St. Louis music scene, since 1990. Originally a saxophone player,
Matt turned to piano and keyboard instruments during college
to meet the increasing demand in the St. Louis area for' good'
keyboard players. Matt worked primarily as a keyboard player,
mostly in jazz groups and wedding bands, such as Galaxy, Gordon
Lawrence's 'Con Alma', and The BeBops, while working on his
degree in Jazz Studies from Webster University during that time.
after that, Matt began a two year association with country music
artist Curtis Lance, now a staff writer for Randy Travis' publishing
companies. Matt quickly became acclimated to the style and enjoyed
the time spent with the singer/guitar player. Matt returned
back to the St. Louis scene, and rejoined his long-time friend,
saxophonist Dennis Moser, in the jazz fusion group The BeBops,
which had now reformulated to include Danny Eubanks (Dangerous
Kitchen) on bass, and Brett Volker on drums. The quartet enjoyed
local success and some regional success, grabbing the ear of
Family Man(FM) Records, an independent label based out of Indianapolis.
The BeBops recorded two CD's, a live CD entitled A Place Beyond(1996)
and a studio CD, which was never released due to the record
company's demise. Shortly after the demise of FM Records, Matt
turned to the music of the blues.
just wasn't enough jazz being played in the area so we (The
BeBops) went our separate ways...Danny started a great band
called Dangerous Kitchen and Dennis joined the 'Z Band'....so
I went to work for Buffalo Bob."
worked for Buffalo Bob and the Bedroom
Blues Band from 1998 until June of 2000, serving as the
keyboard player and arranger. He still fills in from time to
time with the band when his schedule allows. During that time
Matt honed his skills as a blues player.
May of 2000, Matt began what would turn out to be a year and
a half association with the Soulard
actually just started out on a Monday night jam session. I was
still working for Buffalo Bob,
but I had heard of the legendary jam sessions at the Oyster
Bar, and wanted to see it. WOW! I was blown away by the
caliber of musicianship in the band. I had my gear with me and
asked to play. Art Dwyer graciously
let me set up, and I ended up playing on the session most of
the night. It was just shortly after that when I became an 'unofficial'
member of the band..working every Monday night and on selected
events with the guys."
Monday nights led to associations with many local blues artists,
which launched Matt into the forefront of the St. Louis Blues
scene. He briefly joined Beau Shelby's Band, and made festival
appearances with renown harmonica player Keith
Doder, which led to an association and permanent position
in the Rich McDonough Band in 2001.
July 2001, Matt temporarily became a full-time member of the
Soulard Blues Band,
filling the position vacated by Brian Casserly, at which time
he played on festivals and, with the band, appeared several
times with Larry Thurston and once with Lou Marino of the world
famous 'Blues Brothers Band'.
November of 2001, Matt resigned from Soulard Blues Band, and
has gone on to perform with such great acts as Kim Massie, Irene
Allen, the Bottoms Up Blues Gang,
The Resonators, and the St. Louis Social
Club, as well as doing recording sessions with Kim, the
Curran, and the Rich McDonough
addition to these projects, 2002 promises projects or performances
with local artists such as Hudson
and the Hoodoo Cats, blues man Boo
Davis, delta blues performer Brian
Curran, and his own Barrelhouse Blues Review.