“Life inspires my music. The words may not come out right, or at the right time, or come at all, but there is never a shortage of life to turn into songs.”
“I was a very shy person growing up, in many instances I still am. I haven’t always known the right thing to say, that is evident in my stage banter and radio interviews. However, performing is different. I enjoy the experience of each performance. I’ve had some that were wonderful, played only to the bartender, and others that were train wrecks, performed in front of 800 people. The magic is in the process. It is one part, “this is what I’ve got, hope you like it,” and 99 parts, this is some sort of mathematical, emotional, black magic that some divine figure has graciously allowed me to be a part of.”
“I’ve been lucky to have a lot of incredible people in my life, both family and friends. I’ve been surrounded by amazing musicians, music fans and historians, tellers of tall tales, and folks who seemed to know how to put the right music on at just the right time.”
“My first exposure to performing music was with my friends at Northside High School. Back then it was a normal high school experience for everyone to play an instrument. It’s funny to think about how many friends and current bands in the Roanoke music scene started there (members of Shorefire, My Radio, Low Low Chariot, Half Moon, Lazy Man Dub Band, Relacksachian, Empty Bottles, Electric Chameleon, Tobacco Apache, Allen Thompson Band, Cory Campbell, Cameron McLaughlin, and more).”
My life goals are to live on both sides of a spectrum. On the left side: be happy, don’t die, enjoy life, continue writing and playing songs, love my wife, make time for my friends and family while doing this, and play music with my friends. On the right side of the spectrum, there is that grand idea, fueled by the blood of a thousand unicorns and lit up in neon, of playing music for a living. The sweet spot in the middle is made up of the hardest goals of all, sitting still long enough to make albums, book shows, and title things.
Matt Browning is the lead vocalist and guitarist for The Floorboards, a local Appalachian roots rock band. He also fills the roles of songwriter, van driver, merch, marketing, and PR dude. In addition to playing numerous local venues, the band travels up and down the I-81 and I-95 corridors from New York to Alabama, playing a variety of bars and music festivals. His best piece of advice for other artists? “Keep your head up, and be nice. If I counted every moment, just this year, where I felt unqualified or doubted myself, we’d be sitting here counting for a very long time. The magic in life lies in participating, not evaluating.”
Your next chance to see The Floorboards live is on December 23, at Parkway Brewing Company. In the early part of 2017 the band will be releasing a new album which they recorded at the Fidelitorium Recording Studio in Kernersville, NC. Find out more about the band and their upcoming shows online at thefloorboardsmusic.com.