Billy Matheny is a major talent in West Virginia’s singer-songwriter corps, and has been for more than a decade. I’ve been a fan for a long time and have been trying to get him to appear on Radio Free Charleston for years. We originally had him pencilled in for a spot on one of our first ten episodes back in 2006. However, we could never make the schedules work and over the years he made fewer appearances in the Charleston area. When he did, the RFC crew was unavailable. We sort of lost touch. Our last contact was via MySpace.
This all changed on March 7, 2015, when the stars aligned and we were able to record Billy at The Empty Glass. Now we are thrilled to present a couple of great songs by Billy Matheny on The RFC MINI SHOW.
From his Soundcloud bio:
For more than a decade, William Matheny has been a singular presence in West Virginia music. After learning guitar from his bluegrass performing father, Matheny quickly established himself as a trusted side person for some of the region’s most beloved and influential musicians – including Mark Poole, Brian Porterfield and Todd Burge – where he lent his talents on guitar, drums, bass, banjo, mandolin, lap steel, and occasionally, charisma. All the while, he continued to build his own catalog of original tunes, assembled a band and released his first proper solo album, “Born of Frustration.”
After an impressive amount of touring, Matheny found himself in the company of Ohio-based indie/folk-rock group Southeast Engine. He was eventually invited to join the band as their pianist/organist. Matheny appeared with S.E.E. during some of their most notable shows to date, including stops at SXSW and Portland, OR’s Pickathon festival. His multi-instrumental work can be heard on their critically acclaimed album “Canary” and follow-up EP “Canaanville,” both of which were released on the Misra label and distributed via Bloodshot Records.