“The band would be jamming and I found myself off to the side scratching out lyrics on whatever piece of paper I could find. I’d never written a song before but I soon discovered that I had a lot to say and now I found a vehicle for the message. That was in 1990. Since then, not a day has gone bys by that I didn’t try to think of a line, chord progression or a song.” ….Matt Taul
Since 1990, Matt Taul has written and released CD’s with roots rockers, The Stubblefield Band. The 1995 release “Eating Crow” gave the band credibility on the Midwest rock scene. Their second release “Less Traveled” confirmed that the band was as skilled at song crafting as they were at performing. Their roots rock sound landed them on stages with The Little River Band, Johnny Johnson, Marshall Tucker Band, Georgia Satellites, Deavon Allman and many others.
Taul started performing solo and with smaller groups after 2000 and his music began to lean more towards the Americana and Country scene. His influences progressed from the southern rockers of the 70’s and The Grateful Dead to the ex-rockers and songwriters from Texas and Nashville.
“I started listening to more Townes VanZandt, Robert Earle Keen, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Tom Russell and Dave Alvin. I discovered storytellers and poets that were backed up by acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolin and fiddles. This was before satellite radio. I have to say one of my greatest influences, who later became one of my biggest supporters, is KDHX Radio in St. Louis. I would turn on “The Songwriters Showcase”, “The Acoustic Edge”, “Saturday Morning Bluegrass Show” and “The Midday Jamboree”. These programs molded me into the songwriter that I have become.”….Matt Taul
In 2002 Taul teamed up with friends, Mike Youngberg, Jennifer Chadwick, Tim Bramstedt and Adam Peipert, to form the folk group “Folkhead”. The group played locally for a few years in support of their 10 song release “Guileleless”. It was a short but fun ride that allowed the group to perform with The JGB, Oliver Sain, Melvin Seals at clubs and festivals in the area.
After a couple of years playing solo and in a trio with Matt Mcgibany (fiddle) and Adam Peipert (banjo) it was time to form another group. The addition of Pete Klein (guitar), John Masinelli (bass) and Jeff Walker (drums) rounded out “The Five and Dimers” in 2007. Their release “Quarter of a Tank” gained the band critical acclaim earning honors as the St. Louis Riverfront Times “Best Country Band” for 2012. The Dimers have enjoyed sharing the stage with James Mcmurtry, Anders Osborne, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Chris Knight, Montgomery Gentry and Whitey Morgan and the 78’s.
“I still play with The Stubblefield Band, The Five and Dimers and do solo stuff. I have slow times, but I really don’t think I will ever run out of songs”……Matt Taul