Matt Stansberry & The Romance will give you deja vu.

Maybe it's the slick, Blues Brothers-inspired suits, or the angelic backup singers channeling "20 Feet from Stardom." Hell, it might just be all the saxophone solos.

Either way, Oklahoma City's biggest, boldest band makes a lasting impression. The sheer ambition of the 10-piece throwback soul outfit is monumental. The band clicks together onstage like your toes will after hearing just one track from its catalogue of original tunes that reimagines retro rock 'n' roll. Oh, and just wait until Matt Stansberry & The Romance busts out one of its classic cover songs.

Frontman Matt Stansberry admits his band couldn't operate without its nine other moving pieces. The Romance is a living, breathing project that pumps new life into what your parents listened to on a jukebox. Matt Stansberry & The Romance swims through blues and pop influences of yesteryear, but the band isn't chained to the past. Don't let the Roy Orbison frames fool you. Check out the tennis shoes with the suits. Keep a close eye on the way the band has grown up since their shiny 2012 seven-song debut "Let's Brighten It Up."  2014's "Crash Landing" showcased the smarts of a darker, smoother band.

The crew matures with each release. Matt Stansberry & The Romance's time on the road has not only sharpened the live experience but also helped them redevelop timeless music sentiments. But let's not overlook the obvious. Matt Stansberry & The Romance just plain rocks. The band sounds stellar today, and it would've 30 years ago, too. Best of all, everything still feels new.

Matt is flanked by his older brother, Joe Stansberry, on rhythm guitar and vocals, as well as two dynamite 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. Sounds good, right?

But remember, you don't just listen to Matt Stansberry & The Romance. You experience them. There's a lot of love up on that stage and there's always room for one more lead singer in the front row.

–Nathan Poppe
nathanpoppe.com




Crash landing (2014)


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Let's brighten it up –  ep (2012)

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February 5, 2016
Dallas, TX

Sambuca
7:30pm - 11:30pm

February 6, 2016
San Antonio, TX

Luna
9:30pm - 12:30am

February 14, 2016
Goldsby, OK

Southwind Hills Barn
With Ashley Campbell
5:30pm - 10:30pm
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February 20, 2016
Oklahoma City, OK

Private Event

February 26, 2016
Columbia, MO

The Bridge
With special guest Stingrays
9:30pm

February 27, 2016
St Louis, MO

Beale On Broadway
10:30pm - 2:30am

March 11, 2016
Memphis, TN

Sun Studio Session

March 12, 2016
Memphis, TN

Sun Studio Session

March 18, 2016
Wichita, KS

The Port of Wichita
9:30pm

March 19, 2016
St Louis, MO

Beale on Broadway
10:30pm - 2:30am

March 22, 2016
Tulsa, OK

The Vanguard
Supporting Eli Paperboy Reed
8:00pm
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April 7, 2016
Oklahoma City, OK

Private Event

April 15, 2016
Ft Worth, TX

Magnolia

April 16, 2016
Dallas, TX

Private Event

April 22, 2016
Kansas City, MO

Knuckleheads
Show at 9:00pm

April 23, 2016
TBA

April 30, 2016
Edmond, OK

Edmond Arts Festival

May 8, 2016
Tulsa, OK

Guthrie Green
4:00pm - 5:00pm

June 5, 2016
TBA

October 15, 2016
Edmond, OK

TBA

a few PAST SHOWS
SXSW Official Showcase
Memphis NYE Guitar Drop
Oklahoma governor inaugural ball
knuckleheads / kansas city, mo
The Kessler Theater / Dallas, TX
Beale on broadway / st. louis, mo
Magnolia Motor Lounge / Ft Worth, TX
Hard Rock Cafe / Memphis, TN
The Bridge / Columbia, MO
Luna / San Antonio, TX
The Nook / Austin, TX
Port of Wichita / Wichita, KS
summer sounds / cedarburg, wi
Lindberg's / Springfield, MO
Center Of The Universe Festival / Tulsa
Norman Music Festival
Metro Music Festival / Oklahoma City
Charlie Christian Festival

 

"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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