Matt Zeiner has musician friends all over Connecticut. He said the key to maintaining the kinds of relationships he's enjoyed over the years is versatility. "I'm comfortable doing a straight ahead jazz gig as a blues gig, or doing my original thing, which is neither," Zeiner said. The singer/composer/keyboard player got hooked into the blues and southern rock scenes more than a decade ago, touring with Matt "Guitar" Murphy and later with former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts' band. Zeiner went his own way. He also parted ways with the Connecticut blues scene. "I got disillusioned with the rules," Zeiner said. "Somebody will say, 'There's no sharp fives in the blues.' Of course there are. And rock guys don't want to hear jazz chords. I'm more comfortable in the southern rock vein." Zeiner and friends play every Tuesday night at Tools Bar and Grill in New Britain, where regulars are known to flock.
Matt Zeiner Band was named the "Best Blues Band" in Connecticut in the Advocate/Weekly's Grand Band Slam 2012. See their winner page on CT.com.