The Matchsellers is a bluegrass duo that began in the streets of former East Germany and now crisscrosses the US Interstate system year-round. In 2012, Julie Bates and Andrew Morris met while working as English teachers in Leipzig, Germany. Bates is a classically trained violinist from Kansas City, Missouri, and Morris grew up playing electric blues guitar in the dive bars of Warsaw, Indiana. They found common ground in the music of their homeland and developed a tight yet gritty bluegrass style. In the summer of 2013 they left their jobs and hit the road.
Since then they have toured 3 European countries and 25 US states, performing 180 shows a year. 2015 highlights include the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Bluegrass Bazaar (Flint, MI), Norman Music Festival (Norman, OK), and a first place win at the Eddie Owen Presents songwriting competition (Atlanta, GA). The Matchsellers have become known for their excellent musicianship, tight vocal harmonies and an entertaining, high-energy stage show best experienced live. They are currently touring on their album Kosciusko County, released on Dec 27th, 2014.