Matthew Curry and The Fury

MCTF's second CD, "Electric Religion" features original songs co-composed by Matthew Curry and The Fury. Matthew has played with the greats since the start - jamming regularly with Tommy Castro, Bernard Allison, Bryan Lee, and Ronnie Baker Brooks. Matthew Curry is a 2013 inductee into the prestigious Brotherhood of the Guitar sponsored by Guitar Center, Ernie Ball, and Fender Guitars.
Matthew Curry's first CD, "If I Don't Got You" received high marks in the International Blues Competition. "Blinded By the Darkness" won in the best blues song of the International Songwriting Competition. Matthew was also one of five international finalists in Ampeg's "Straight-Up Tone" competition. Songs from "If I Don't Got You" received major air play around the US, Australia, South America, Spain, Belgium, and the UK. In 2012 "High Water Everywhere" was featured on the House of Blues Radio Hour Emerging Artists. "If I Don't Got You" is one of NPR's "5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing" in their Heavy Rotation. With Matthew's mature vocals, range of guitar sounds, and The Fury rocking as tight as ever with solid arrangements, "Electric Religion" is already receiving popular and critical acclaim.
Matthew Curry & The Furyplayed major summer festivals including the Merchant Street Music Festival (Kankakee, IL) Mississippi Valley Blues Festival (Davenport, IA) Prairie Dog Blues Festival (Prairie du Chien, WI) the Ride Festival (Telluride, CO) and the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR, and the Chicago Blues Festival.

• lead guitar
• songwriter
• lead singer

• Greg Neville, drums
• Jeff Paxton, bass
• Erik Nelson, keyboard

Brody Buster Band

Brody Buster was on a lot of tv shows as a kid, displaying his prodigious talents as harmonica player. Now he and the band are playing shows and trying to make it. No matter what the costs, they will do whatever it takes to make it back to Hollywood where they belong.

Chris Handley joined the band in 2006. He is the best bassist around.

Tommy Dimmel is a filmmaker and the drummer for The Brody Buster Band. He is currently pursuing an arts degree.

Jeff Nelson has been playing tambourine for 18 years. He is now 27 years old, and the founder of The Brody Buster Band.

Billy Beale

If you've spent time haunting Broadway-corridor dives like the News Room and Fitz's Blarney Stone, there's a good chance you've run across Billy Beale playing a gig. The 58-year-old has pierced ears and a white pompadour that he tends to cover up with a fedora. He favors a loosely buttoned shirt with a pack of Lucky Strikes in the chest pocket. Among the decorative ink stains that blanket his body are the words HARD TIME, tattooed across his knuckles.

But Beale is reluctant to publicly discuss just how much hard time he's done and what offenses might have landed him in the clink. For him, the real story is the blues. He refers to himself as a "blues preservationist," having watched the local scene evolve over the past 40-odd years.



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