The Matt Irie Band started as a one-man show in North Carolina in 2006 with vocalist Matt Irie rocking with a DJ at local hip hop shows. Multiple lineup changes over the years brought together a fusion of genres to form the five-piece group they are today. Joined by Larry Holcomb and Joe Watkins on guitars, Tere Everhart on bass, and Will Barkley on drums, on bass and keys, Matt Irie leads what is described as "Island infused-Funky blues." They draw on their diverse backgrounds, bringing together influences from bands like Beastie Boys, Twenty-One Pilots, Janes Addiction, Dr.John, Fishbone, and Incubus, also finding themselves sharing the stage with the likes of Pepper, Rev Run(RUN DMC), Papa Roach, The Hu, The Movement, Stick Figure, The Green, Jelly Roll, Falling in Reverse, Ice-T, Motionless in White, CKY, Etana, Fortunate Youth, and The Green.
The past few years have taken the band to the next level, enjoying the spotlight on multiple festivals like the Blue Ridge Rock Festival and the Port City Reggae Festival. The Matt Irie Band has formed a one-of-a-kind cocktail blend, packing a unique style and energetic sound to win crowds over at venues all over the Southeast, catching a strong buzz around the entire US, and raising glasses as far as Australia, France, and Japan. The full band just released their debut single under Ingrooves Music Group/TLG this September titled "Coastal," with a string of additional singles to follow in the coming months. Their music can be found on all major streaming platforms. Be sure to follow the band on their socials as tour information will be released soon!