Guitarist Greg Matses has been a familiar face on the Vermont music scene for over 25 years. As a member of Tammy Fletcher & the Disciples, No Glue, the Shed Band and the Channel Two Dub Band, Greg’s distinctive style and diverse influences have brought each of these bands to exciting new heights. A respected guitarist, composer, and educator, Greg’s playing has brought him extended recording and performing stints in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.
Having toured nationally with the Dude of Life and internationally with Tammy Fletcher, Greg’s reputation as a player has earned him rave reviews around the country and beyond. He has performed and/or recorded with Grace Potter, Michelle Shocked, Jon Fishman (Phish), Francine Reed (Lyle Lovett Band), Vorcza, John Sinclair, Jon Finn, Cleon Douglas (Jah Malla), Chad Hollister, and Abby Jenne as well as opening for such greats as Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Black Uhuru, 10,000 Maniacs, Merl Saunders, Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band), Soulive, Edgar Winter, Leon Russell, Mary Wells (the Supremes), and Taj Mahal.
Greg is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree from Castleton (VT) University. He holds a Master Certificate in Arranging from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, a Certificate in Guitar from the (former) Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Colby College in Waterville Maine. Greg studied at Guitar Craft Seminars under the direction of Robert Fripp and the California Guitar Trio from 1995-2000. He currently serves on the adjunct music faculty at Johnson State College and the Community College of Vermont. Greg is the founder of Vermont Rock Music Camp and served as its director from 2003-2014.
Greg’s research interests include online guitar education, West African guitar styles, and digital audio-video production. He continues to perform in a wide range of contemporary styles but is most interested in the realms where jazz, rock, reggae, and experimental music meet. Greg has recently been incorporating live looping in ensemble settings. You can hear him perform with Talking Doctor in select venues throughout Vermont.