The Old Part of Town

The band was formed after Matt and Sam collaborated on an EP in 2012, "Grayest Hits." Looking for a better performance vehicle for their catalog of originals, they recruited Davis Shingleton and Pat Sheridan to pitch in on mandolin, bass and vocals. After a year of performing and stretching out some arrangements, both Davis and Pat left to pursue other musical avenues, but not before recording some tracks for The Old Part of Town's first CD, released in the Fall of 2015. Matt and Sam's longtime musical pals Steve Raskin (drums) and Marc Wexler (mandolin) joined, along with with John Seay on bass, early in 2015, solidifying the new TOPOT lineup, with electic guitarist Kurt Hammond joining the fray for a year or so, and fiddle/mandolin player Brian Whaley coming aboard in 2016.

Matt Douglass - Singer/Songwriter, Lead, Slide, and Resonator Guitars, Mandolin, Lap Steel

Before teaming up with Sam to found The Old Part of Town, Matt released two roots rock/Americana albums: No Stone Unturned (2002), and Big Lucky (2008), which garnered Honorable Mention for Best Album in the Mid-Atlantic Music Monthly.  Matt long has been writing songs that range from slow confessional country ballads to stories with a rock-n-roll soundtrack. His guitar playing style is influenced by everything from early folk masters to Ry Cooder to Anders Osborne.
Matt's musical beginnings were with a touring country-rock band, focusing on the musical styles of Gram Parsons, EmmyLou Harris and Rodney Crowell, and sharing the stage with Vassar Clements, Pure Prairie League, Michael Murphey, and Commander Cody. After that were stints in everything from a British Invasion rock band, to a reggae rock band (The Charm City Reactors) to an American rock n' soul band, before going solo for 10 years. In 2011 he placed two songs on the soundtrack to Plank Road Pictures' "Sins Of The Father."  www.cdbaby.com/artist/mattdouglass   http://www.reverbnation.com/mattdouglass

Sam Nitzberg - Singer/Songwriter, 6- and 12-string Guitars, Harmonica, Ukulele

In the late 1970's, after spending several years busking in different parts of the United States and Europe, playing folk and bluegrass, Sam moved back to his hometown of Baltimore. He soon founded The Charm City Reactors, an electric and eclectic outfit which reflected his widening musical tastes and which was a staple in the burgeoning Baltimore alternative music scene for 5 years. The next decade found him as lead singer with a new wave cover band The Sway, before leaving to form The Odds in order to provide another vehicle for his own songs.  Now Sam has returned to his musical roots: acoustic folk and melodic, well-crafted songwriting.  https://soundcloud.com/sam-nitzberg   http://samnitzblog.blogspot.com http://www.reactorsmlc.org

John Seay - Bass, Vocals

The fossil record reveals that John Seay apparently started playing guitar and bass and writing songs in the early ‘60s, and began recording/producing his and others’ music shortly thereafter. And continues to this day. In addition to his 9 solo CD’s, John has produced studio projects for Eliot Bronson, Sarah Pinsker, Spice, The Art of Meaning, Neal Phillips, Georgie Jessup, and Steve Key, to name a few. Besides performing solo and with The Old Part of Town, he sits in with an ever-evolving handful of local bands and artists, and is a founding member of the notorious Baltimore vocal trio, Three If By Sea.  http://www.myspace.com/johnseayproductions

Steve Raskin - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Steve first discovered his love of drums and music when banging on pots and pans and anything else around the house at a very early age. He played professionally throughout college and pursued music full time for a few years after graduation before embarking on a separate non-musical career. During that time he also performed and/or recorded a wide variety of music with many successful Baltimore based bands including Total Eclipse, The Charm City Reactors, Two Legs, The Polkats, Sonia/Disappear Fear, The Barn Burners, The Scott Cunningham Blues Band, Big Dog Blues Band, The Mark Brine Band, Gypsy Dawg and Dawgone. Now, he's come full circle, playing again with Matt and Sam, his pals from The Reactors days.
 

Brian Whaley - Fiddle, Mandolin

Brian's had music in his bones since harmonizing with his family as a kid, and continues to keep it at the center of his life as a church choir director and a piano tuner. A former member of the Southern Rock group the Lost Cowboy Band, singing lead vocals as well as playing electric violin, guitar, and keyboard, he later joined Matt in the progressive rock band Red Tape. From there he moved on to a folk trio called Morning County Sheepshooter's Association, and has released two solo CDs, From Where I'm Standing (1994) and Standing On The Rock (2010).

Marc Wexler - Mandolin, Backing Vocals

Man of Mystery. East Coast, West Coast, who knows where he'll be? Catch him when you can.

Kurt Hammond - Electric Guitar

A former a TOPOT member for a year or two, Kurt still sits in on occasion if the timing's right. Back in the '70s, Kurt majored in guitar in college, playing with JHU hippy band Ocean Rose, only to find that there was in fact no guitar major. Ooops. Immediately upon graduation, he answered an ad in the paper which launched a 3-year stint with Baltimore soul stalwarts London Fog. The '80s found Kurt in Boston, studying jazz guitar (still working on that) and playing in all manner of variety bands. Then, back in Baltimore, he had a 16-year run with country band Stillwater. He currently teaches guitar at his home in Pikesville, MD., does fill-in work and studio sessions, and also plays with his R&B combo The Soul Magnets.

Songs from the debut CD

UPCOMING GIGS ............ (click for details)

  • Sep 1
    Andy Nelson's Barbecue,  Cockeysville
     
  • Sep 29
    The Filling Station,  Sparks
     
  • Oct 19
    The 8X10,  Baltimore
     
  • Nov 25
    Cabaret at Germano's Piattini,  Baltimore
     

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