"In Texas dive bars, no sounds are more beloved than Southern rock and country. Local band Matt Fracht & the Contraband delivers on both counts. Frequenting rooms like Dixie Dance Hall and the West, Matt Fracht’s sound is whiskey-soaked Texas country delivered in a Southern rock package. Fresh off the release of the band’s new album Texas Retribution on June 21, Fracht will play an acoustic set at Oke Dokee’s tonight, with an encore full band show on July 26. Fracht is committed to the band full-time right now, taking the four-piece around Texas to play markets like College Station and Austin. You can expect a few familiar country covers at Fracht’s shows — and some surprises like Sublime’s “What I Got." “I feel like there’s room to grow in Beaumont,” Fracht said. “We wanna capitalize on the Texas country kinda Southern rock genre.” If you’re in the mood to step out for some rockin’ Texas country tonight, Fracht’s acoustic show is a good place to start.
“An unseasonal morning chill energized the steps of the 1033 participants and 142 volunteers who filled the Mary Kay Inc. world headquarters grounds in Addison, Texas, for the MK5K® Fun Run and Walk. The eighth annual family-friendly race held on Oct. 2, 2012, surpassed previous MK5K® fundraising records by raising more than $105,000 to benefit The Mary Kay FoundationSM. In addition to independent sales force members and their customers, Mary Kay Inc. employees, event sponsors and passionate community supporters, Reed Standly and Ryan Manning, ramped up the rockin’ atmosphere along with fellow band members of Matt Fracht and the Contraband. The band, who just released their first album, entertained the crowd with live Texas country music, while honoring legacy and causes of Mary Kay. “We were happy that we could play for the MK5K® and add a new element to the activities,” states Reed, manager of the band."”
“Matt Fracht & the Contraband lent their support in the fight against breast cancer, playing a charitable show at the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation’s annual MK5K in Dallas, TX.”
“MATT FRACHT & THE CONTRABAND SHINE AT TEXAS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL Nacogdoches, TX. June 9, 2012 – Last Saturday, Matt Fracht & the Contraband took the 23rd Annual Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches, Texas by storm. The band played a fantastic hour-long set, consisting of both originals and southern rock covers. The large crowd staved off the heat with various blueberry confections while thoroughly enjoying the show. Overall, Matt Fracht & the Contraband were highly regarded by the excited crowd, drawing a standing ovation after performing “Can’t You See” at the conclusion of their set.”