Blackfoot Gypsies / Press

““One of the best local bands in the Music City rock ’n’ roll scene...a wonderful mix of southern rock sounds, blues guitar, and harmonica that reminds us of honky tonk era Rolling Stones””

No Country For New Nashville

"Rural roots...funked-up country blues...w/ a psychedelic mindset"

Entertainment Weekly

““Unapologetically Southern blues rockers””

Creative Loafing

"The rock 'n' roll of Nashville's own Blackfoot Gypsies sound as if it emerged from brown-green swamp waters"


““Intoxicating and stylized vocals sink you deeper in the spell-bound, blues wonderland...it’s what us listeners have been waiting for...moonstruck sound and ability to command a room in a matter of seconds"”

Lockeland Springsteen

"A love for old country and early punk...in one foot-stompin', ass-kickin' Southern rock sound"

Bluegrass Situation

"Raucous rock n roll...electric blues and Southern swagger...wild"

All Music

““‘Handle It’ is a simmering platter of bluesy swamp-voodoo jive guaranteed to shake tail feathers and rattle bones...not for the faint of heart””

Nashville Scene

“On The Loose is one of the more enjoyable listens of 2012. With each tune you are treated to raw unadulterated rock & roll and just when you think you have the band figured out they throw you a curve ball. The album is a cornucopia of rhythms and melodies and makes you wonder how two dudes can pull this off. I highly suggest you add this to your playlist, your ears will thank you.”

“This 7” is the first from Knoxville based Fat Elvis Records. Available in translucent blue or red, this release is a treat for fans of lo-fi, independent rock and roll. Blackfoot Gypsies already have a dedicated following in Nashville and around the southeast. With this 7” the duo will certainly continue to gain popularity and recognition. The recordings of these two tracks capture the energy that the band takes to the stage. Strong grooving rhythms, overdriven slide guitar and distorted vocals have become the band’s signature sound. Whether hearing them on record or live the band always sounds like they are having a good time. They are all about energy and excitement and looking like future rock and roll icons does not hurt either. The two tracks, Don’t Want to See Your Face and Wasting Time are the sounds of the band staying true to their roots. The overall warm sound and raucous energy of these tracks are enough to put a smile on your face. The fut”

“Last time we saw local duo Blackfoot Gypsies, 50 percent of them were being arrested for vandalism and resisting arrest on Lower Broad — it was a kerfuffle that subsequently shed a little light on what some claim is an ongoing downtown problem. Anyway, the Gypsies don't just get arrested; they do indeed actually make music. Above you can see their brand-new video for "Don't Want to See Your Face," which was directed by sometime Cream/Scene contributor Seth Graves. Gimmick alert! (Or innovation alert, I suppose, depending on your point of view.) The video was shot entirely on Instagram. The song itself is a characteristically up-tempo and blown-out blues-rock scorcher that isn't entirely unlike, say, the output of other white-boy blues duos, crossed with a little bit of that swampy roots rock. I dunno, call it Flat White Creedence Key Bombs. "Don't Want to See Your Face" is the B-side of Blackfoot Gypsies' The New Sounds of TransWestern 7-inch single...”

“The Nashville western-rock duo Blackfoot Gypsies have just released the music video for the song “Don’t Want To See Your Face” from their recent 7″, The New Sounds of TransWestern. The music video consists of a montage of the band and friends exploring the attractions of downtown Nashville, as well as performing the song. The song itself is a jammin’ tune, with eccentric lead vocals by frontman Matthew Paige and hard-hitting drums by Zach Murphy. The 7′ can be purchased through their record label’s website, Fat Elvis Records. Also, be sure to check out their upcoming Nashville show, August 27th at 12th & Porter with The Lost Maples and Kansas Bible Company.”

“It's invigorating to see such a band that says "f*** it all" to the super-hip, trying-harder-to-be-cool-than-to-make-good-music attitude. They like to play songs that bring people together. Blackfoot Gypsies' energy and efforts are put into their songs more than into their image. You get the sense that they are simply themselves. While they dress strangely, and live strangely, it's impossible to imagine them any other way. And their product is better for it. To borrow from Zack's comment on their music, the two certainly look like "rock and f***ing roll[ers]." If they weren't playing music for crowds, they probably wouldn't know what to do with their time. But what do you expect from a Viking-in-overalls drummer and a guy who lives on a bus?”

“Good lord! This dazzling duo out of Nashville, TN is determined to put the rock back in Southern music. A glorious mash up of vintage country and classic blues rock with a bunch of added distortion, their song submission nearly caused me to blow out my computer speakers I liked it so much! Similar artists include The Rolling Stones, Howlin’ Wolf, and Willie Nelson. You’ve got to hear this band!”

“Representing the 70’s both sonically and aesthetically the pair developed their first dose of swagger worthy, Stones-inspired rock ‘n roll as a background for Paige’s elusive, often metaphorical lyrics. Dictating a life of partying, girl chasing and the unwillingness to renounce their rock star dreams one can expect nothing but honesty from a singer who penned the lyrics, “Why you always crying? All you ever do is whine” (“Gimme Some.”) Charmingly modest and men of many words the pair dances around the standard interview questions of their musical chemistry and decision to remain a two-piece blues-infused machine coyly explaining, “Easier to improvise live, less people to deal with and you only have to split your gig money down the middle.”) Cool as cucumbers until I pose the question of why anyone should give a shit about their band Zack exclaims, “Because we care damnit! We are driving five hours tomorrow to a show in Ashville with no guarantee...”

“The “Great Spirit” has blessed Nashville once again, brothers and sisters. Fine music packaged in retro-sexy feathers, hair, hats, animal skins, beads, and fringe. Matthew Paige and Zack Murphy are the medicine men that form the duo, Blackfoot Gypsies, a rockin’ roving country/garage/Americana sensation from Nashville. They generate a tribe of fans (who love classic southern rock, blues, 60s-70s guitar gods, bluegrass, and Americana) everywhere their big sweet gypsy hearts take them. They are charming performers who cast a wickedly good musical spell if you’ll just venture to their latest tepee location. Don’t let their extroverted looks fool you into thinking they are savage Woodstock posers. BFG certainly isn’t just another band of organized sound with bitchin’ outfits. While delightfully aggressive, these two guys bond into an organic, yet sophisticated angle. Matthew and Zack are true music aficionados who take influences of their favorite artists, people, and places.”

“Blackfoot Gypsies make just as much noise with a two-man lineup. Singer-guitarist Matthew Paige and drummer Zack Murphy specialize in seriously overdriven blues-rock and the occasional wild-eyed, down-home instrumental. You can rarely tell what words are coming out of Paige’s mouth on their debut EP, but it doesn’t much matter. They (and their guest bassist/keyboardist) tear into the songs with the sort of abandon that can only come from players as young and riled as the Woodstock crowd was then, as opposed to now.”

“This brings us to Blackfoot Gypsies first full length, On The Loose, which was released in August of 2012. I pre-ordered my copy. Now I hear what you’re saying. Penfold, you’ve been listening to this album since early August and we’re just now reading your recommendation? What can I say? You’re right. I dropped the ball on this one. It’s not as if I ever questioned just how awesome this album is. Nope. This album is spectacular. I’ve listened to it many, many times in my home, in my car to and from work, etc.. On The Loose easily made it onto my ten best list for 2012. As I mentioned earlier, I really like this album. So what is so good about it? On The Loose is a perfect combination of everything the Blackfoot Gypsies do well.”

“Making Keith Richards' riffs (circa Exile on Main St.) sound clean by comparison, this raggedy duo meshes rock, blues and country with funky rawness. It's all in good fun as the blokes rearrange vintage country with a glorious racket that only guitars, drums, and drunken howling can create, when in the right hands, that is. Sure, lo-fi is requisite here, but more akin to treble-laden bombast, not in the crappy sound sense. $7.”

“Rainy day, how 'bout a fresh vid? Local blues- and country-infused rock 'n' roll duo Blackfoot Gypsies will release their debut LP, On the Loose, on Aug. 17, and they've just premiered their video for the tune "Don't Know About You." Directed by Cream contributor Seth Graves, the video features a lot of parking-lot jocularity and back-yard horseplay, not to mention a bit of performance footage and a last-minute cameo from East Side haunt Dino's. You might say that frontman Matthew Paige is in bad company with his mid-chorus declaration that he "feels like making love," but the Gypsies' influences — Gram Parsons, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, the Stones — are about as on-the-sleeve as they come, no?”

“Instead I'll say this: I, a person who spends too much time listening to semi-electronic indie dance music, really like the Blackfoot Gypsies' sound. Too many "rock bands" are too one-dimensional, but these guys have blended so many styles of music together-fantastically-that I couldn't help but dance in my desk chair as I listened to both of their albums all the way through. The Blackfoot Gypsies is Matthew Paige, singer and guitar player, and Zack Murphy, drummer, both from Nashville, Tenn. Even the band's look defies assigning a genre. They have a quasi-Skynyrd thing going on mixed with a healthy does of ironic 70s hipsterism (or is it just a shout out to vintage rocker style?). Oh, and there's plenty of hair to go around...Nothing these guys play sounds dated at all, upcycled from the past, rather. Their classic rock and roll blues sound is comforting and familiar, but something else makes it totally new at the same time. ”

“Blackfoot Gypsies, present their southern fried blues for the Facebook generation. Straight out of Nashville, the duo are made up of Matthew Paige (vocals/guitar) and Zack Murphy (drums). With an obvious love of blues and country music of past, the band combine the electrifying guitar playing of Keith Richards and Thunderous drumming of John Bonham with tales of whiskey and heartbreak. Whilst singer Matthew Paige's ragged vocals recall that of a young Jack White. This is booze soaked unadulterated bluesy rock and roll, they way rock and roll should be. The lyric from their song "Dance" could even serve as the duo's manifesto, "we are gonna keep on rocking til the day we die." For more information on the band, please visit their bandcamp page http://blackfootgypsies.bandcamp.com/”

“I don’t quite know what I was expecting when I walked into Preservation Pub, but what I was met with was a face-melting rock n’ roll party. This two man band packs more punch than a kick to the face. Their fast-paced, catchy tunes may cause rowdiness and an urge to drink jack and waters until your lights go out. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a band who will get your heart pumping the Blackfoot Gypsies out of Nashville, TN are it. To be honest, we rocked so hard, we had, we had to call it a night early (we never got to see the Black Cadillacs… I hear they’re playing Volapalooza, so we’ll catch them then). I sincerely recommend checking them out, especially if you’re a fan of bands like: The Black Keys or the The White Stripes. Its not that often that I fall in love with a band on the spot, but every once in a while… BAM!, it happens and this time it was with two fancy, long-haired, hillbilly rock and rollers who play like it’s their last day on earth.”

“Sounding directly from the backwoods of an undisclosed moonshine distillery somewhere in central Tennessee, the opening lick of "Coming Through the Pines" invoked raised fists and swigged shots in honor of those influential to the Blackfoot Gypsies, such as Jimi Hendrix, MC5, and The White Stripes. At this point, if you didn't like the loud, fierce, tenactiy bombarding the room like musical mortars, you better had gotten out before "Statesboro Blues" caused a shock-wave so powerful that it stopped you dead in your tracks. Zack, with the fervor of Paul Bunyan hammering away at 200 feet tall trees, beat his drums dumb while flinging his locks back and forth like a wild caveman throughout the entirety of the show. Matthew's country roots panache, accompanied with his unusually enhancing voice that sounds like it's projected through a tin can, kept eyes and ears focused on his gritty guitar work for songs like "Mr. Pumpernickel" and "The Day is Real." Look out folks!”

“Nashville's swaggering Blackfoot Gypsies ended last year by releasing a very cool, very free EP full of ragged, Rolling Stones and MC5-inspired country/blues rock called "Dandee Cheeseball." It has the bombast of reckless experimentation with unmarked pharmacy bottles from grandma's medicine cabinet, tempered with a sturdy appreciation for the bluesier side of late, late sixties rock 'n roll. Pretty rad...”

“Based out of Nashville, the duo is composed of singer and guitarist Matthew Paige along with drummer Zack Murphy. Although the two-man band has been around for years, it has come to the forefront in recent days with success from groups like The Black Keys, The White Stripes and Jeff the Brotherhood. Nonetheless, The Gypsies are no exception. “We started off as a two-piece and hoped to expand but like the way it fits,” Paige said. “It fits like O.J.’s glove,” Murphy jokingly noted. “You can do more with less. We’re not doing anything with any technology. We function that way successfully. If it’s not broke then don’t fix it,” Paige said. And by working with less, the end result is a forceful rock ‘n’ roll sound that crosses paths with several different genres and stands out as truly American most of all. Paige and Murphy are full of get-up-and-go, and they charge forward with grooves and rhythms that are reminiscent of early Bluesmen like Robert Johnson or rock”

“Blackfoot Gypsies are a Nashville based roots based rock band formed by the melding of guitarist and singer/songwriter Matthew Paige and drummer Zack Murphy. They combine slices of Bob Dylan’s folk with Robert Johnson’s blues, and, more notoriously, they overdrive it into your face with the force of a Led Zeppelin. It’s a jam band, a rock band, and a blues band, as these two guys solidly command their instruments and the venue. So, if you just need some good ‘ole fashioned southern rock music, get out and support these guys.”

“The weekend’s most explosive show. This Nashville duo of guitarist/singer and drummer is a high haired mix of sixties garage band sounds and caustic 70’s rocker blues through a psychedelic filter. Its bare bones rock music (handclaps and “Stick Fingers” guitar riffs) that’s a blend of Stonesy swagger and T.Rex spaciness. Think Wolfmother but more grounded in the rural south. It sounds fiery on a tiny computer speaker and may just set the Satellite on fire Friday. Bring Kevlar jackets. Details: Doors 9 pm, 21+, Friday, 120 Greenfield St., Wilmington. ”

“We’re always a sucker for a vintage-influenced blues/rock 2-piece… and Nashville’s Blackfoot Gypsies are defiantly hitting that mark. We recently discovered this guitar/drum duo and are eager to catch a live show and see what these guys are all about! They won’t be swinging by Chattanooga, but they’ll be roaming the south the next couple of months, covering Asheville, Charlotte, Nashville and a few more. Catch all show dates here. And also check out a couple of live performances and some tracks from their new self-titled EP below… Diggin’ what you hear? Pick up the Blackfoot Gypsies EP here on iTunes: ”

“The Blackfoot Gypsies reside in Nashville. That’s the city wherein two unique souls found common ground in their distinct upbringings. One half of the band (Matthew) is the child of a Boston-native father and a New Orleans-raised mother, resulting in “some strange breed of Irish and coon-ass”; the other (Zack) was strongly urged to learn violin at the ripe age of three by his parents, but ultimately rebelled in response to a natural desire to drum. Both men remember listening to the tunes their parents subjected them to at a young age. Matthew cites Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Louis, and Carter Family while Zack maintains a more general remembrance of his musical youth: “Some of my earliest memories of music are jumpin’ around the living room to my parents’ rock n roll records. They put the stop on that when I broke the needle about five times.” ”

“There was a time not all that long ago when no self-respecting twentysomething band would’ve wanted to cop to playing any music as meaty, swaggering and devoid of irony as classic rock — not with all their peers favoring rock of an indie variety. But that day’s past — or it’s passing — and the two young guys in Blackfoot Gypsies churn out ’70s-inspired, blues-infused rock ’n’ roll with abandon. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Matthew Paige — formerly of Vancouver’s Love Trucker — and drummer Zack Murphy possess Stonesy range. The self-titled EP they released a few months back spans lean and scruffy country (“Stone Throwing Angels”) and feral riffing and stomping (“Coming Through the Pines”). It’s no mere exercise. Paige has written some inspired songs, and he and Murphy attack them like they mean it. ”