About Matthew Facciolla

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Matt started playing guitar at the age of 12. He was able to see the impact that music had on people and started writing songs shortly after he learned his first three chords. Matt said he found playing his own music more fulfilling than playing cover songs.


Matt performing at the 2012 Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor, Buffalo, NY

When he was 14, Matt relocated to Buffalo, New York and began to play with several bands, eventually forming the Electric Bushman, a three piece powerhouse band. They would entertain the local Buffalo, college, and NYC scenes with their music and go on to record their albums Primitive Urges and Sink. Billboard magazine wrote a shining review of Sink, resulting in a performance at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics and placing their name among national acts like the Gin Blossoms and Ziggy Marley.

After spending some time in the LA music scene, Matt headed to Florida. Now native to Sarasota, the 2009 record release of Songs for a Needy World led to performances at various venues around west coast hot spots. Matt and now bassist Joe Fanara got back in the studio with producer and drummer Wes Price of Poly Sound Studios to record their second album, Second Chances and by early 2012, the tracks were mixed at GCR Studios (owned by friend and Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robbie Takac) and finalized in Atlanta alongside Rodney Mills (whose artistic credits include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman, The Babys, Sheryl Crowe, and Pearl Jam).

In the last year, Matt and the band had the honor of playing on stage with some legends of rock that have impacted the music world with their genius, including the late great “Dangerous” Dan Toler (Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman Band) and Bon Jovi bassist Hugh McDonald.  He has opened up for numerous others, including Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman Band), Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Warren Haynes (Grateful Dead), Rick Derringer, Jeff Baxter (Doobie Brothers), Fran Sheean (Boston), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Mosey Thomson (James Brown), and David Hull (Joe Perry Project, Aerosmith).

In 2012, the band played the Surf and Song Festival in Fort Myers where they shared the bill with John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, John Waite, and Stroke 9. In the same summer, the band headed back to Buffalo, adding new guitarist and native Buffalonian George Neenos to play before the J. Geils Band to a crowd of over 10,000 people at Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor. The Buffalo News would later compare the band to Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, calling the concert one of the best all summer.

The band was recently asked to open for One Republic at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where the local ABC news station in Utah called them the “epitome of rock” and again their vibe was compared to Springsteen.

Matt’s song “Undone” was also featured in the 2011 independent film Final Night and Day.

Managed by tour manager and tour accountant Jim Pendolino (Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers, R.E.M., Def Leppard, Peter Gabriel, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), the band hopes to touch as many people as they can with their music.