Scott Kirby and The Massacoustics

Scott Kirby and The Massacoustics

May 18, 2018 |  0 comments
Date: May 18, 2018 Time: 8:00 pm Price: $25 Type: singer-songwriter / trop rock
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In May 2018, Scott Kirby will be hitting the road with Matt and Andy Thompson (AKA The Massacoustics). As you may know, Scott recorded Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost with these amazing guys, and had such great shows recently in Key West and at the Ram’s Head in Annapolis, that they decided to tour together. Matt and Andy will back Scott up on the first half of these concerts and then play all their own material the second half.

Scott Kirby, a creative lyricist and accomplished finger-style acoustic guitarist with an expressive voice, describes himself as a direct descendent of the ’70s singer/songwriter movement. He has never received any formal musical training, but often credits James Taylor with teaching him how to play the acoustic guitar. “If it weren’t for the hundreds of solitary hours in my room in Concord, New Hampshire, with a guitar and a James Taylor book, I never would have learned to play,” says Kirby. Speaking of New Hampshire and musical influences, let’s not forget fellow New Hampshire native Tom Rush who was taking the folk scene by storm in Kirby’s formative years. Coincidentally, Kirby connected with both of these artists in Key West 30 years later, which is a whole other story.

Kirby’s wistful ballad “Lucky Enough” struck a chord with listeners on Sirius/XM Radio Margaritaville, which exposed his music to more markets around the country and led to his current touring schedule through 35 states each year. He continues to receive regular airplay on the station.

Over the years Kirby has shared the stage with some of his favorite artists: Carole King, Jimmy Buffett, Livingston Taylor, Tom Rush, Mac McAnally, Peter Mayer and others. When not on the road or performing in Key West, Kirby splits his time between Livingston, Montana, and the coast of New Hampshire where he can often be found sailing, a lifelong passion of this descendent of Newfoundland fishermen.

The Massacoustics put a new and powerful twist on the term acoustic duo. If you take the energy of McCartney’s melodies, the confident vocals of Crowded House and added the depth of Al green you would get a sound similar to the infectious groove called The Massacoustics.

The duo consists of Andy Thompson on guitar and vocals and Matt Thompson on bass, percussion and vocals. They grew up just south of Boston Massachusetts and started playing music early on in grade school. To any musical connoisseur, it’s impossible to beat sibling harmonies. When you combine superb musicianship and stellar vocals to their unique songs you end up with an undeniable brand of acoustic rock.

Individually, Andy and Matt have logged thousands of hours as studio and touring musicians. With extensive travels throughout the United States, Canada and parts of Europe they’ve shared the stage with everyone from Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings (of The Rolling Stones) to Nickel Creek, Bad Finger and Willie Nelson. They have done studio sessions with legendary cats like Al Cooper, and Steve Earle. After years of playing in different bands all over the world, it seemed obvious that the two should pool their natural talents and focus exclusively on writing and performing as a unit. The duo originally formed with the sole purpose of getting some of their songs heard, but after the response of the crowd, it was evident that they were on to something. From their first note on stage, it was hard to believe that a sound that big was coming from just two people. Since 2001, audiences everywhere have felt the excitement of their live performances, and every return trip is met with an epidemic buzz.

The Massacoustics recently co-wrote, recorded on and produced Scott Kirby’s latest release, “Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost.” Here is the video for the title track, which showcases these three musicians performing together: http://www.scottkirby.com/.

You can learn more about The Massacoustics at their website: https://themassacoustics.net/.

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