Matt Stansberry & The Romance is a 10-piece band from Oklahoma City. The group formed in 2012 during the recording of their debut, seven-song EP entitled "Let's Brighten It Up". The band's unique retro rock n' roll sound is deeply rooted in old-school soul, blues and popular music, as the group is heavily inspired by 50s rock, 60s soul and 70s classic rock and funk. Although much of their inspiration comes from music of the past, there is something new and refreshing about the band and their music. The group focuses on creating a positive atmosphere that takes their listeners back to the basics with good music, classic style and energetic showmanship.
The Romance is led by songwriter and lead guitarist, Matt Stansberry, who has helped the group craft it's original style, upbeat sound and timeless look. He also pushes the band live to experiment, improvise and make each show an experience. Matt is flanked by his older brother, Joe Stansberry, on rhythm guitar and vocals, as well as two dynamite, soulful background singers, Chanda Graham and Myra Beasley. The band is rounded out with a killer rhythm section featuring Raul Alfonso on bass, Jeff Hall on drums and a tight three piece horn section.
The band performers at festivals, music halls, clubs, private events, colleges and has performed in front of crowds as large as 50,000 people. Matt Stansberry & The Romance was featured at the Oklahoma Governor's Inaugural Ball in early 2015 along with Wanda Jackson, "The Queen of Rockabilly" and Rock N' Roll of Fame Inductee. In 2014, the band released it's second album entitled "Crash Landing" and has been actively touring the Southwest and Midwest regions of the U.S. promoting both of their albums, which are available for free download at Noisetrade.
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Let's brighten it up – ep (2012)
MARCH 21, 2015
Heard on hurd
6:00pm - 10:00pm
with special guest Evin Brady
APRIL 18, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY, ok
APRIL 23, 2015
APRIL 24, 2015
st louis, mo
beale on broadway
10:30pm – 2:30am
APRIL 25, 2015
kansas city, mo
8:30PM – 12:30AM
may 2, 2015
edmond arts festival
7:00pm – 9:00pm
may 28, 2015
UCO Jazz Lab
Doors at 7:30pm
show starts at 8:00pm
June 13, 2015
June 18, 2015
oklahoma city, ok
classen curve summer concert series
September 18, 2015
ft smith, ar
University of Arkansas Ft Smith
September 19, 2015
a few PAST SHOWS
SXSW Official Showcase (Buffalo Lounge)
NYE Opening Night OKC (Main Stage – Headliner)
Oklahoma governor inaugural ball (featured artist)
summer sounds / cedarburg, wi (Main Stage – Headliner)
Center Of The Universe Festival (TULSA WORLD Stage)
Norman Music Festival (Sooner Theater)
Free Tulsa Music Festival (Main Stage)
Charlie Christian Fest (Main Stage – supporting Najee)
Taste Of Bricktown (Main Stage – headliner)
OKC Arts Festival (Water Stage)
knuckleheads / kansas city, mo
Beale on broadway / st. louis, mo
The Bridge / Columbia, MO
Twilight Concert Series (Main Stage)
EDMOND ARTS FESTIVAL (Main Stage)
Lower Bricktown Live Concert Series (Main Stage) Oklahoma Christian University (Main Stage – headliner)
"A ten-piece homage to 1950s and 60s soul and blues that is an energetic, electric and absolutely earth-quaking musical assault. This is a big time sound from a big time band. Look for big things from Matt Stansberry & The Romance"
– Michael Canter, Jivewired
"...First and foremost was the incredible soul the band brought to the stage. Stansberry has crafted a sound that is rarely heard from new bands, especially those in Oklahoma: full horn section, soulful and engaging background singers (who thankfully weren't that much in the background) and a fun show that would be perfectly at home in Memphis or Motown"
– Jerry Wofford, Tulsa World
"This 10-piece combo is filled with brass, sass and all the sounds that define the American rock and roll experience of the last 60-plus years into a two-hour showcase of catchy songwriting and expert musicianship. Stansberry proved he's mastered leading his large band as well as his lead guitar prowess. I consider him in a class with another groundbreaking new artist, Gary Clark Jr. The (not so) secret weapons at his disposal are backup singers Myra Beasley and Chanda Graham. Dynamic balls of energy on stage, when they open their mouths and belt it, if feels like they've erupted from some old Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd classics."
– Scott Rains, The Lawton Constitution
"Stansberry really finds his groove with Let’s Brighten It Up. It’s not hard to imagine why he is midair on that cover. He must be jumping for joy"
– Joshua Boydston, Oklahoma Gazette
"I was able to catch Matt Stansberry’s latest music project perform live at the 2013 Festival of the Arts. It’s easily one of the most entertaining sets I’ve seen in quite a while. A huge sound, brass players, backup singers and Matt’s Chuck Berry sensibilities made for a stunning concert experience. More than anything, the band is doing something big and brave. Thumbs up for doing something different. I dig in abundance"
– Nathan Poppe, The Oklahoman
"Matt Stansberry’s latest project offers a sound that is both familiar and fresh – which is no small feat. The ten-plus member band delivers this exoteric rhythm and blues-meets-modern pop vibe by way of layered horns, dual guitars, keys/organ, a ‘pocket’ rhythm section and sassy, backing vocals. It's a potent mixture. And the group’s sophomore release, Crash Landing, offers a little extra appeal for star-crossed lovers and all who’ve felt a touch of life’s blues."
– Jim Johnson, KGOU (NPR)
"Stansberry's Buddy Holly look and Chuck Berry aesthetic cook with his large band featuring some amazing background singers and brass to complete one heck of a rocking outfit. Despite the retro vibe, Stansberry's songwriting and musical chops create very modern sensibilities."
– Scott Rains, The Lawton Constitution
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• crash landing (2014)
• featuring 9 tracks
• 12” classic black vinyl
• 33 1/3 RPM
• full color jacket
• limited run
• high quality audio download
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