Shenandoah, Iowa, native Matt Cox self-released his debut album Folker's Travels in 2007 and established himself as a vibrant part of the emerging Omaha, Nebraska singer/songwriter scene. While local and regional stages allowed him to bring his foot-stomping, old-time country and blues to a steadily growing fanbase, Cox began to define his singular style and road worn vocals by touring a good part of the western United States and reaching new audiences in places like Denver, Phoenix, LA, and San Francisco, as well as Austin, TX (where he was invited to perform at SXSW). In 2009, Cox released his second group of songs entitled My Last Dollar and spearheaded another grassroots-style tour with stops in music meccas like St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, and again at Austin's prodigious SXSW festival.
After returning to Omaha, what started out as a trio consisting of friends Seth Ondracek (bass) and Ben Zinn (guitars/pedal steel), soon became a full-steam ahead five-piece known as The Matt Cox Band with the additions of piano man Nick Semrad and Andrew Tyler on drums. The new lineup quickly gained the attention of local club owners, and soon they began sharing stages with the likes of national acts Son Volt, Railroad Earth, Mountain Sprout, William Elliot Whitmore, and many more. During the spring of 2011, the well-oiled MCB went to Lincoln, Nebraska's Fuse Recording Studio with engineer Charlie Johnson, and recorded (over the course of two days) what would become Tracks In The Sound (Slo-fi, 2011) before the band's short lived time together ended as members pursued opportunities outside of their home state. While continuing to perform as a solo artist for the next two years, Cox refined his skills as a guitar player and songsmith and introduced a new cast of players in 2013, including longtime friends Walker Gerard (drums), Vern Fergesen (bass), and Colin Duckworth (guitars/pedal steel). In 2014, Nishnabotna, the fourth album from Matt Cox, was released on Sower Records and nominated for Album of the Year by the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.
The self-produced The Cost Of Everything And The Value Of Nothing (2016, Sower Records) was recorded live on December 19, 2015 at Hidden Tracks Recording Studio, in Omaha, Nebraska. Featuring longtime friends Colin Duckworth (pedal steel, guitars, mandolin), Vern Fergesen (accordion, piano), and Josh Dunwoody (upright bass), the mood is steeped in the old time traditions of folk and American roots music. “Jumping’ River Blues,” “Little Lucy,” and “Nighttime Drifter” highlight Cox’s abilities as a slide guitarist and signature harmonica style while opening track “The Charcoal Grill Song” (written as an open letter to his departed mother) and “Drama Queen” display the songwriter at his lyrical best.
Six-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award winner for Best Country/Americana and Best Blues. The caliber of artist Matt Cox has become in the studio and on stage is being widely recognized by a steady growing fanbase. Cox continues to perform across the country as a solo artist, and with an ever-changing lineup of the area’s top talent and a raw energy that reveals the passion and experience shared with each other on stage and off.