Matt Barranti was a sideman in several regional bands before deciding to form his own band. The turning point came when he was booked to play at a Duane Allman Tribute in Philadelphia in 1991. Matt put his band together with three short rehearsals, drove seven hours to Philadelphia and wound up on stage with The Toler Brothers, Toy Caldwell, Derek Trucks, and Thom Doucette.
In the years since that first show, Matt has played countless shows at hundreds of clubs and released several recordings. Known for his superb slide ability, Matt is continually working at mastering his guitar. Influenced by legendary players such as Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Wes Montgomery, Jeff Beck, Warren Haynes, Danny Gatton, and others, Matt is always striving for the level of emotion in his playing that has been attained by his favorite guitarists.
Some of the events Matt has played are as follows: The First Annual Duane Allman festival, The Dixie Rock Festival, The Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, The Arden Blues Festival, The Pittsburgh Blues Festival, Jerry Fest, Hazen, The Six String Shoot-out, The Slider's Ball in Macon Georgia, and many many others.
Some of the venues include, The Slippery Noodle, Indianapolis IN, The Metropol, Pittsburgh PA, The Coca Cola Starlake Amphitheater, Pittsburgh PA, The Big Boulder Ski Resort, Mt. Pocono, PA, The Grand Opera House, Macon, GA, and more.
Some of the Artists Matt has performed and/or shared billing with include, Thom Doucette, The Toler Brothers, Lee Roy Parnell, Dru Lombar, Derek Trucks, Wet Willie, Toy Caldwell, REO Speed Wagon, Jeff Heally, James Cotton, and many others.