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Matt Pierce (Sun Prairie, WI)

Artist Name
Matt Pierce



Are you an instrumentalist only? No

What instrument do you play?
Guitar, Harmonica, steel slide, banjo and various rhythmic

Where do you reside?
Sun Prairie, WI

What inspired you to start singing and Playing?
“Chicks” All these ugly guitar players kept getting these awesome
lookin’ chicks!

How long have you been performing publicly?

I’ve always been sort of a public nuisance, putting a guitar in my
hand just kept me out of jail! :)

How long did you play before you started gigging?
I started playing on the fantail of the USS Oklahoma City CG3 in 1980,
I never gigged until 2006 (about 25 years)

How long have you been playing guitar? (about 25 years)

How did you learn to play guitar?

Have you taken lessons if so do you take lessons now?

Just one, no

Where was your first gig?

Dunns Bros Coffee shoppe

How did you get it?

How scared were you?
Hahaha I laugh at fear…I was mortified! Drank too fast and got the
hiccups! :/

How do you get gigs?
Ask bar owners, word of mouth

Do you use an agent, if so how did you get that rolling?


What do you use for equipment?
Peavy PA, Boss RC-300

Do you use a monitor?

Do you have any tips you can share as far as setting up your equipment

for a gig?
Arrive early! Run Sound checks from around the bar or room!

How long was you longest gig?
3 1/2 hours

How long was your shortest gig?
15 mins

How do you choose what songs to learn? What I like or someone wishes
for me to learn

How do you learn new songs, by ear, YouTube, books?
All of the above

When you practice do you go through a P. A. or just you and your


Who are a few of your favorite artist?

Jackson Brown, Neil Young, Allmann Brothers

How often do you play out?
Once or twice a month or when time permits (I gotta day job)

Do you have any CD’s out?

Yes, 2

Do you have any aspirations to take you music further than your
current success?

Just to be heard and go as a far as I can with it!

How far will you travel?

How far have you traveled to do a gig?
500 miles in a car

Can you recall you best show?
Yes, it felt good!

How about your worst show?
Yes, it was the shit!

Do you have any advice for a person just getting in to gigging that
you would like to share?

Don’t lessen your talent get payment for what you deserve.
I’ve have heard that bar owners will sometimes try to short change

Anything else that you would like to share?
Do you only sing covers?