Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals
Mike Matney is a native of southwest VA and has been playing guitar since the age of 8. He completed a music degree as well as a degree in recording industry management from Middle Tennessee State University in 1997. While in Nashville he interned for a year in the A&R Department of Asylum Records and also worked for a year at a public relations firm on music row. He also briefly played guitar for David Allan Coe in the mid-80s.
His first solo album “White Boy and the Average Rat Band” sells for $600 and is highly sought after by collectors worldwide. He has also been mentioned in such books as “The Acid Archives” and “The Vinyl Years” as well as hundreds of online reviews. Mike was also recently the subject of a feature story in Los Angeles’ largest music publication, LA Record. Mike currently operates Doghouse Recording Studios in VA.
Darrell Gibson is a native of Southwestern Virginia. He was raised in a musical household and began playing guitar at age 10. By age 13 he was experimenting with several different instruments. At age 17 he played the fiddle in his High School Bluegrass Band (Clear Creek Ramblers) which won the Virginia V.I.C.C.A. State Championship 3 years running 1980, 1981, and 1982.
Shortly after completing high school he joined the United States Army, and from 1982 to 1985 as a 19 DELTA Cav. Scout. Serving his country while stationed in Kentucky, Germany, and Georgia. After an Honorable Discharge from the military, he began playing the local Southwestern Virginia Music Scene, which was wide open. Several years and several bands later lead him to form the band KNOW KLU? with brothers Greg and Daniel Honaker. In 2011 after a 6-year run and gaining hundreds of loyal fans the untimely death of lead guitarist Daniel Lee Honaker silenced the hard driving power trio forever. A span of 5 years of no bands left him wondering if his music career was over.
In early 2017, Mike Matney asked him what he thought about joining a project he had going on. Being a huge fan of Mike and his music for years it was a welcomed opportunity and an absolute honor to be an addition to his Blues Rock Band MATNEY. Nothing more to be said except “Let the music do the talking.” May God’s will be done.
Bobby Chappell started playing drums in 1988 in Bluefield Va. He played in several local bands before moving to Knoxville TN in 1993. The Knoxville music scene was building a strong local following in hard rock and metal genres. Bobby Chappell formed the band Shape Cell and beat up the local Knoxville bar scene and some national your before disbanding in 2001. He then join a Knoxville based rock band that did extensive tours of the east coast playing venues such as CBGBs NYC and Tabacco Rd in Miami. Hitting every five bar along the way Bobby Chappell was picked up by Jackson Custom Drums on an sporship deal. In 2005 Bobby moved to NYC to join the band Lot 16. Entering competitions such as Emergenza, moving up the NYC ranks and the semi finals for 4000 fans at Historic Webster Hall.
After some personal regrouping and the birth of his daughter Bobby joined Matney. A project of multiple genre influenced songs, the band recently finished recording the first Blues E.P. at Jay's Place studios and shooting a video with cinematographer Cody Reid, the band is looking forward to booking shows and national touring.