Appalachian Criminal / Press

“Parkersburg trio Matt James & the Progress Notes will be performing in Ripley, West Virginia at the Fairplain Yacht Club, located at 3984 Cedar Lakes Drive, on April 10 at 10pm. The band, which consists of drummer John Wass, bassist/vocalist Jarod Eddy, and harmonic player/guitarist and vocalist Matthew James have been actively touring the Mid-Ohio Valley for almost a year. Their sound is eclectic, a blend of country, grunge, folk, and punk they count acts diverse as David Bowie, Talking Heads, and The Beatles as major influences. However, they draw most of their inspiration from early 1990’s Alternative Rock acts like Alice in Chains, Nirvana, and Cake. Interested parties can stay current with Matt James & the Progress notes at their web site www.myspace.com/progressnoteswv. Also slated to perform that evening, local singer, and songwriter Justin Johnson. ”

“If you didn’t come to the event yesterday you really missed out. We want to thank all the bands, Matt James & The Progress Notes for coming out the second year in a row, Marc Noland (he told me the new name of his band yesterday but I’ve already forgot), Living On Stolen TIme, and Revulvas.”

“PARKERSBURG -About 50 skateboarders participated in the Get Me Off the Streets" Skate Competition and Concert at Corning Park Saturday. Ramps from Alpha Omega Board Shop in Williamstown were set up in the parking lot for skateboarders and bikers. Hughes said last year's event was a fundraiser for the skate plaza and this year's will be to maintain the skate park that will soon be built at Fort Neal Park off Camden Avenue near the Elite Sports Center. "We have raised all of the money we need for the construction, but we will need funds for upkeep and that is what this event and future ones will be about," Hughes said. The day not only included skaters showing off their moves, but also live music. "This is bigger than the last where we had only one band and this time we have four," Hughes said. The bands included Matt James and The Progress Notes, Marc Noland, Living On Stolen Time and Revulvas.”

“PARKERSBURG - Local bands will come together to raise money for cancer awareness during the fifth annual Outcry for Rock fundraiser Saturday at City Park in Parkersburg. The daylong concert will begin at noon and run until 10 p.m. in the City Park Bandshell. A different band will take the stage every hour beginning at noon. Some of the participating bands include Meaningful Gnames, Matt James and the Progress Notes, In Another Life, Underneath It All, Panick Attack, Malice, Cowbell Heroes and Jinx'd. Carmen Hathaway, community manager for the American Cancer Society in Parkersburg, said she wants to see the entire community in City Park for the event. ”

“Unique and incredible ! That is shorthand for Matt James and the Progress Notes. Love your sound! ”

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“I'm Not Telling reminds me of Violent Femmes, which is great! I hope:) Adi from Superbrands ”

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