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OnStage Magazine - May 5, 2014
Opening for Rodgers was the New Jersey based Matt O'Ree Band. When an audience filled with seasoned concert goers stays in their seats and gives props to the support act, you know the band was firing on all cylinders. O'Ree on guitar got his influences from the blues masters, but drops kicks rock rhythms like ashes flicking off the end of a cigarette. Pairing his guitar with Eric Safka as he uses and abuses his B3 organ, and you could see heads nodding in approval while feet were keeping the beat. The band was good and the crowd was sure to let them know. - April 4, 2014
L’altra sera Bryan si è esibito ad un pianoforte di marmo bianco appositamente realizzato per lui dalla GVM, accompagnato da Michael Ghegan al sax e dalla Matt O’Ree Band, solido gruppo blues-rock dell’amatissimo New Jersey che sarà al suo fianco anche nell’imminente tour da solista.
Music Street Journal - February 2, 2014
Shelf Life is Matt O'Ree's third album and just like the two previous ones is a great showcase for the award-winning guitarist. O'Ree's guitar playing has won him many accolades including the 2006 Guitarmageddon "King of the Blues" 2006. And Shelf Life gives him lots of space to show what he can do. A versatile guitarist and vocalist, O'Ree plays out several moods and musical styles on this CD.
Rolling Stone - January 1, 2014
The show kicked off at 6:00 p.m. with sets by New Jersey a cappella collective RockNRoll Chorus, young blues rock group the Matt O'Ree Band (who sprinkled a bit of "Smoke On The Water" into their jammed-out set) and sultry Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins, who previewed tracks from her upcoming CD Slow Phaser.
Guitar Jam Daily - January 1, 2009
After dinner, my friend and I went to see Matt O’Ree. Matt is a blues rocker based in New Jersey. I’ve known Matt for a while and actually have interviewed him on GJD. It’s the first time that I’ve seen him live. Man, he and his band play with some serious fury and intensity. Matt’s main axe is a Gibson Les Paul and he plays the heck out of it with an equal blend of technique and taste. There are two things about his playing that I really enjoyed. First, he almost makes his Les Paul sound like a Strat at times, or it seems that he is playing Strat like riffs but doing it on a Les Paul. The second thing that I really enjoyed is his very unique blend of blues, rock, funk, and jazz. After Matt’s show my friend and I parted ways and I was ready to crash back at the hotel.
Barfly - July 7, 2008
Focusing more on the music business, some of the industry’s most riveting superstars have been birthed in the Garden State. Most people can recall its two most popular artists, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. One who is truly blazing his own trail to memorable stardom is musician Matt O’Ree, New Jersey’s own blues-rock king, who hails from Holmdel.
Asbury Park Press • "Red Bank jazz/blues festival had "sax" appeal" • June 3, 2008
Asbury Park Press • "Home-grown guitarist wows 'em" • May 31, 2008
Asbury Park Press • "Bluesman Matt O'Ree found inspiration at home" • May 28, 2008
Asbury Park Press • "Festival Has The Blues" • May 25, 2008
The Aquarian "Shoreworld" • May 14, 2008
Rock Eyez • "Matt O'Ree Live" CD/DVD Review • May 2008
Jersey Alive! • Asbury Park Press • April 11, 2008
The Aquarian "Shoreworld" • April 2, 2008
Music Street Journal • "Shelf Life" Review • September 2006
Guitar World • November 2006
Music Inc. • September 2006
Upstage Magazine • August 2006
Ultimate Guitar • August 3, 2006
Jazz News • August 2006
The Star Ledger • July 21, 2006
Modern Guitars Magazine • July 12, 2006
The Aquarian "Loud Noise" • July 12, 2006
Independent • July 12, 2006
WRAT 95.9 Jersey Rock • The Jersey Rock Radio Show • June 20-22, 2006
Guitar World • "New Music" CD Review • March 2006
Guitar World • "Introducing..." CD Review • February 2006
Asbury Park Press • The Year In Rock 2005 • January 1, 2006
Blesok (Macedonia) • Interview with Matt O'Ree • November-December 2005
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