Striking Matches

Striking Matches

Scott Mulvahill, Brian Travis

Sat, February 20, 2016

9:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Striking Matches
Striking Matches
With their T Bone Burnett-produced debut album, guitar-wielding duo Striking Matches creates an unexpected and unique sound that defies easy categorization. The music of Striking Matches—Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis--occupies that sweet spot at the intersection of country, rock and blues, where all of the elements blend to form an authentically raw and rootsy sound that has a timeless and international appeal.

Indeed, their songs including “When the Right One Comes Along” and “Hanging on a Lie” have been featured on ABC’s hit drama series Nashville and recorded by the show’s stars Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen, and attracted an international fan base. Their first performances in London produced sold-out shows and audiences with a deep knowledge of their lyrics, even before the release of their first full album. Their debut self-titled EP was named among iTunes "Best of 2012" and received national attention from outlets such as NPR, the BBC and The Wall Street Journal.

“The Nashville TV show was definitely a big break for us,” Sarah says. “It was the first time we had any national or international attention. That opened the door to a lot of fans finding us here in the U.S., but even overseas when the show came out in the U.K.,” she says.

Striking Matches is the debut artist on the newly revived label, I.R.S. Nashville, and has toured with Train, Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe and Hunter Hayes.

“Our music is best left up to interpretation, but we hope it represents an amalgamation of everything that has influenced us over the course of our lives, which comes from rock and roll, country and blues, and we fall somewhere in between all of those,” Justin says.
Scott Mulvahill
Scott Mulvahill
After years of exploring different tastes and abilities, Scott Mulvahill has chosen to make rock music his canvas. The singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist grew up in Southeast Texas listening to the likes of Ray Charles, Elvis, The Beatles, Harry Belafonte, and the music of the Church.

In his early teens, Scott picked up the bass guitar on a whim. Natural talent and the lure of a challenge drove him to be the best musician he could. Continuing to play the bass, he also began to explore guitar, piano, and singing. With the encouragement of a mentor, it became clear to him that he was destined for a career in music. He immersed himself in a multitude of genres; studying jazz, classical and rock, listening to Simon & Garfunkel, Miles Davis and The White Stripes. From this musical baptism Scott has emerged his own man and artist.

Scott's passion and dedication to the art of song is apparent on first listen. A combination of calculated skill and raw energy, his songs are honest and compelling. They are the product of contemplation, joy and pain, fact and fiction, countless hours of lost sleep, hard work, God-given abilities, and much love. With this in mind that Scott set out to record his first album of original songs, Share the Sky, which released in January 2011, and currently has been on tour playing bass with Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder.
Brian Travis
Brian Travis
“The Brian Travis Band are, as the name suggests, undoubtedly the vehicle for the rootsy poetic musings of native California singer/songwriter Brian Travis. As the band leader, Brian guides his group in a 70's folk-rock direction rounding out a fresh original sound influenced in equal parts by 70's guitar groups such as The Kinks, Neil Young & Tom Petty to modern troubadours Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper and Brett Dennen. Even though the band name implies strict creative control and a well defined creative vision, The BTB are a bonified "whole is greater than the sum of it's parts" outfit that not only contribute to the overall group sound, but harken back to a time when bands performed high spirited live shows and consistently delivered heartfelt and sincere recorded material.” - KROQ
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/