Matt & Dave
Matt Gonzalez and Dave Cummings have been playing around the Santa Fe area for just over a year. Most Fridays you can find them at the Catamount on Water Street. Matt and Dave met in 1988 when they were both busboys at a restaurant in their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They both took up the guitar in 1992 as a hobby. They were both also big fans of many local bands in the Pittsburgh area. They spent many evenings watching The Clarks, Rusted Root, or Brownie Mary then running home and trying to play their songs...as well as The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Dave Matthews Band. These bands would obviously play a role in their own songwriting in the future. It wasn't long before Matt&Dave were playing open mics around the Pittsburgh area and scoring gigs of their own. This was all before either of them knew if they were serious about all this music business. Both were at a crossroads of sorts with a lot of things in their lives. For no other reason than a bit of adventure Dave moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in May of 1997. Within two months, Matt moved to San Francisco, California. The two definitely kept in close touch; trading tapes of songs they'd written, letters, and phone calls. Matt enrolled in San Francisco State University where he studied sound recording and engineering, while Dave played open mics in the Santa Fe area. There he performed solo many of the songs the two of them were in the process of writing. After graduating in January of 2000, Matt re-joined Dave in Santa Fe and after a few months of shaking off the rust at open mics they found their niche at the Catamount. The upcoming release of their first self produced EP marks a definite high point for Matt and Dave after a year and a half of hard work...well, fun hard work. For the CD they hired veteran drummer Ray Ack (Ronnie Spector, Bo Diddly, Leslie West) and Stephen Foster to play bass and help with arrangements. Lately at live shows they have been joined by Brad Misciagna on bass, and were recently visited by Mike Chavez (Ottmar Liebert) who sat in for a set at the Catamount. Matt and Dave are looking forward to promoting their new recording in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. They are also making plans to record a full length CD in the Spring of 2002.