SARA GEE & RAMBLIN MATT
Sara is a songwriter, guitarist, singer and actress from Valencia, Spain. She studied drama and art and begun to live the guitar as her instrument encouraged by her mentor Erik Doornweerd in the years that she lived in the island of Formentera. After
Born Mateo Garcia in May 1966 in Valencia, Spain. Matt has been involved in bands and performing since the early eighties. Right now is one half of the upcoming band based in Dénia (Alicante) Sara Gee & Ramblin Matt, with three albums since 2013 along her partner in life Sara Gee. Matt is a composer, arranger, guitar and slide player and singer and his first bands were rockabilly outfits in a time when only few dared to play this type of music in Spain, with bands like The Teddy Terribles, The Dalton Brothers and Ruzafa's Incorregibles. He formed Blackmailers with soul brother and gifted guitar player Silver Borras in 1998 after returning of living in the US for five years (Chicago, LA, Austin). Between 2006 and 2013 he has been a performing musician in London with his Vintage Rockabilly trio Los Jailbreakers, as a solitary act or with The Ramblin' Matt Trio. Meanwhile in London he also was the guitar player of Xsara with gigs in venues such as the famed 100 Club in Oxford Street or Mondo Waterrats and also recorded the guitar in her first album. Matt also was the lead guitar player of the Earth Defender Band, a combo of up to twelve Jamaican and West Indian musicians playing Reggae, Lovers Rock and Old School Ska, backing up a pack of artists including Errol Dunkley or Christine Joy White, and with them he toured the UK in a bus, from Glasgow to Brixton. He returned to Spain in mid 2013 when he meet Sara in a gig in Valencia and decided to stay for good after nearly 20 years away from his land of origin. Matt writes his own material with influences of Blues, Swing, Bop, Rockabilly, Outlaw Country and Southern Rock and also plays bold arrangements of country & delta blues classics from the likes of Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Skip James, Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Rev. Gary Davis, and Mississippi Fred McDowell among others featuring most of the times only lead vocals and guitar, played with or without slide.
Hello dear friends,
Let us introduce ourselves, we are a music band called Sara Gee & Ramblin Matt and we perform as a duet with a line up of one acoustic guitar, one lead guitar (Lap Style Slide Dobro in some songs), electric or double bass and the main vocals by Sara with backing vocals by Matt. We also can perform with a rhythm section of double bass and stand up drums if necessary.
Our style fits into Americana although our influences are much broader, from early XXth Century Delta Blues to Sun Records Rockabilly, Country & Western, Folk and Southern Rock. We write our own compositions, record our songs and sing our performances exclusively in English. Our music is always very welcomed by British, American, Dutch and generally, English speaking audiences and we can play with PA systems or strictly acoustic with any amplification at all.
Sara Gee & Ramblin Matt were formed in June 2013 when they first met in Valencia and ever since have performed over 200 gigs and published three long play CD's and feature in two compilations, also their music is played regularly in several radio stations and have been interviewed by media and press both from Spain and international.
Sara & Matt are declared lovers of the classic sounds of the 1940s, 50s and even some 60s with a dynamic line up of musicians with a long and solid career in American Roots Music distilling old school Blues, Country and Rock n Roll writing our own new compositions that we alternate with covers of Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Howlin Wolf, Bob Dylan, Wanda Jackson, Ida Cox, Delbert McClinton, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams or Janis Joplin to mention a few in our live shows.
Sara and Matt have been backed up in the past for live shows and recordings by a rhythm section of a double bass and stand up drummer formed by respected and experienced musicians of the busy and thriving local scene of Valencia, ex members at one point or another of bands such as Incorregibles, Rock N Bordes, Renegados, Blackmailers or The Danny Boy & Ramblin Matt Blues Revue to mention a few. Currently ther are being backed up on Electric Fender Precission and Fretless Bass by very talented musician Pepe Calle who has brought a fresh and solid groove to the live sets of the duet.