Matt Leddy: Vocals & Guitar
Matt Leddy has been performing since 1999, and has shared the stage with Mike Morgan, Anson Funderburgh, Kenny Neal, Smokin' Joe Kubek, Bnois King, Sam Meyers, Mark May, Alan Haynes, Koko Taylor's Blues Machine, Sherman Robertson, Oscar O'Bear, Joe "Guitar" Hughes, Andy "Too Hard" Williams, Texas Johnny Brown, Harlem Slim, Little Joe Washington, Rico Blues Combo, Scott McGill, Colin John and Arthur Neilson. In the process, Matt has led The Matt Leddy Band to the forefront of the Houston blues scene.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in New Jersey, Matt began playing drums at the age of 11. He eventually abandoned the drums for an athletic career the led him to UCLA, where he ran track & field and cross country, and later to road and track cycling and the 1996 Olympic Trials in Cycling. Upon retirement from cycling in 1996, Matt directed his energy toward music, specifically the blues. An avid music fan throughout his life, he picked up the guitar for the first time in 1998. Matt had no intentions of ever playing in public or in a band, and only started playing guitar to ease his work-related stress as a doctor.
It was during a routine guitar lesson with Houston's Rom Ryan that Matt's musical potential surfaced. With Ryan's encouragement, Matt began attending weekly Wednesday night jam sessions at The Big Easy in Houston. One night at the Big Easy, Tony Vega saw Matt perform and invited him to join Tony on stage at one of Tony's shows. After a year of occasionally sitting in for a song or two with The Tony Vega Band, Matt started his own band, and in May of 1999, Matt Leddy and The Meat Cutters were born. Since 1999, Matt has worked hard to establish The Meat Cutters as one of Texas's top blues bands.
Matt cites Mark May, Mike Morgan and Oscar O'Bear as mentors, and Johnny Winter, Sherman Robertson, Jimmy Reed, Lightning Hopkins, Anson Funderburgh, Smokin' Joe Kubek, Tab Benoit and Kenny Neal as additional musical inspirations.