Matt Shipman Singer/Songwriter/Performer Matt Shipman, who has become a familiar face on the traditional music stages of New England in the popular bands "The Mill City Ramblers' and 'Splittin' Hairs,' has now stepped out in front as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with the release of his long-awaited first solo recording, 'Highway Shoes.' Released in August 2005, this CD incorporates not only what you would expect from Shipman such as traditional bluegrass and folk tracks, but some new sounds as well. Shipman's rich baritone voice together with his solid mandolin and guitar playing take center stage, and carry the listener down an old-time road, with able support from some of the best players in New England. Contributing on fiddle, dobro, pedal steel, drums, and upright bass are members of The Mill City Ramblers, Splittin' Hairs and High Range, as well as Bruce Derr, Jon Nolan, Jon Ross, Joyce Andersen, Roger Williams. The sidemen shine behind Shipman as he sings songs that harken back to the days of old country music, blues, swing and bluegrass. Praise for Highway Shoes "I love the disc, it has really got a great sound"- Chris Darling WPMG Portland Community Radio "The record sounds great, you outdid yourself"- Harvey Reid, Woodpecker Records "...a record that could take him quite a ways with the right promotion. Many of his songs are timeless and will be around people's minds for a longwhile."- Chris Hislop Seacoast Spotlight Magazine "It's a great CD you have here. I'm sure it will turn some heads"- Todd Jones from High Range :.