International recording artist Matt Backer graced the stage at the world famous Green Parrot in Key West on Sunday October 9, 2016. Backer, born in New Orleans, currently makes his home in London, England. The exceptional guitarist and singer/songwriter makes fairly frequent visits to Key West.
Producer Ian Shaw, who produced Backer’s ‘Get Backer’ album as well as Bill Blue’s ‘Mojolation’ and Tony Roberts’ ‘Chasing the Sun’, makes his home here in Key West and often has Matt come and stay with him.
The 2007 ‘New Music Awards Best New A/C Indie Artist Gong’ award winner played to a packed house at the Green Parrot. Backer was joined by a band made up of some of Key West’s finest musicians; Ericson Holt on keys, Claire Finley on bass and vocals, and Randy Morrow on drums. Backer, who had Bill Blue play on a track on his ‘Get Backer’ album, called the legendary Blue up on stage to play a few songs as well.
Aside from his fantastic work on his original music, Backer has quite the resume. He has toured with and help write songs with Julian Lennon and has done studio work for many other great musicians including the late Joe Cocker and Emmylou Harris.