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Matt Backer was born in New Orleans in a log cabin he helped build. He has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, Belgium, the Caribbean, and Leamington Spa.
He is a waste of a good education, residing in London with his wife and children.

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Jul

July 24- Right Recordings Showcase at The Scoop Festival

Matt will be performing with label mates Less Than Sober, Fossy Tango, Maddy Carty and Koukie at The Scoop Festival Thursday July 24.
Find out more about The Scoop Festival here
https://www.morelondon.co.uk

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July 19- ABC at The Beat-Herder Festival

Matt's off this weekend to lovely Sawley in Lancashire to play with ABC at The Beat-Herder Festival.
The event is SOLD OUT for 2014 but check it out and plan to be there next year!
http://beatherder.co.uk/line-up
This photo is by the fantastic Miss Lily G!

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Jul

July 17- The White Feather Foundation

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Matt Backer was Julian Lennon's bandleader for eight years and support Julian's White Feather Foundation

The Mission

The White Feather Foundation embraces environmental and humanitarian issues and in conjunction with partners from around the world, helps to raise funds for the betterment of all life and honours those who have truly made a difference.

How It All Started

Julian has been focusing on ways that we can all make a difference in what has become a rather sensitively-balanced world.

Symbolically, a white feather has personal meaning for Julian and therefore it became a natural name for his new Foundation – The White Feather Foundation.

“Dad once said to me that should he pass away, if there was some way of letting me know he was going to be ok - that we were all going to be ok - the message would come to me in the form of a white feather. Then something happened to me about ten years ago when I was on tour in Australia. I was presented with a white feather by an Aboriginal tribal elder, which definitely took my breath away. One thing for sure is that the white feather has always represented peace to me.”

- Julian Lennon, 2009

www.whitefeatherfoundation.com

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Guitar Nerd's Compendium of Stringed Acquisitions

What does Matt Backer have in common with Ry Cooder and David Bowie?

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ES-335 21st Birthday gift from Dad

Guitar history: World's first commercial thinline archtop semi-acoustic electric guitar
Manufacturer: Gibson (Production started in 1958)
Who played it: Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, Alivin Lee, Larry Carlton, Freddie King


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Gibson Flying V

Guitar history: Part of Gibson's "modernist" guitars. Issued in 1958 along with The Explorer and The Moderne, The Flying V featured a radical, futuristic body design. The Flying V was discontinued in 1959 due to poor sales.
Manufacturer: Gibson (1958)
Who played it: Albert King, Lonnie Mack, Dave Davies and Jimi Hendrix

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Paul Beard Resonator/Dobro

Guitar History: Designed by legendary builder Paul Beard, The Gold Tone is hand made and provides unmatched tone. All USA assembly and set up
Manufacturer: Paul Beard
Who played it: Bill Blue, Vince Gill, Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas, Robert Randolph, Keb Mo
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Vintage White Fender Telecaster

History: The rich history of Fender guitars begins with the Telecaster. An indispensible workhorse instrument, it endures remarkably unchanged as a marvel of elegantly simple form and solidly utilitarian function. As the world's first successful solid-body electric guitar, the Telecaster revolutionized guitar playing, changed the sound of music and became a signature instrument for guitarists worldwide.- fender.com
Manufacturer: Fender
Who Played it: Jeff Buckley, Steve Cropper, Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett, Jeff Beck

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Honey Burst Les Paul

History: The Les Paul is a solid body guitar first sold in 1952. It was designed by Ted McCarty who enlisted Les Paul to endorse the model. By the late 50's, the Les Paul was considered old fashioned, too heavy and too expensive for most players. Manufacturing ceased in 1961. In the mid 60's Eric Clapton singlehandedly revived the Les Paul by using it on his breakthrough record Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton.
Manufacturer: Gibson
Who played it: Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, John Mayall, Michael Bloomfield

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Battered 1963 Stratocaster
Manufacturer: Fender
History: Designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, the stratocaster has been in production continuously since Leo Fender created it
Who played it? David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton
Matt's strat story: Bought in London in 1986. Nick Dias, now at Norm's, sold it to me and can corroborate this story. I popped into the shop and fell in love. It was £800.00. I put £50.00 down despite not having the money and no idea where or how I was going to get it. I returned home, in a panic. On the doormat was an envelope from WEA records ( remember them?). Inside was a cheque ( remember them?) for the fee for the first record I ever played on. For £800.00. 

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1959 Gretsch Jet Firebird
Manufacturer: Gretsch
History: The Jet Fire Bird first appeared in the company's 1955 Guitars For Moderns catalog. The flashy little semi-solid was the only production-model Gretsch to feature the vibrant Oriental Red top (the only others were the guitars specially built for Bo Diddley). The perfectly contrasting ebony black finish on the back, sides, and neck, combined with the chrome-plated hardware, offered a strong visual statement! Gretsch touted the Jet Fire Bird as being "for the progressive guitarist.- Vintage Guitar Magazine
Who played it? Brian Setzer, Brandi Carlisle, Duane Eddy

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