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 up with John Seay on bass early in 2015, solidifying the new TOPOT lineup, with guitarist Kurt Hammond joining the fray in the summer.
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
Kurt Hammond - Electric Guitar
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.
Marc Wexler - Mandolin, Backing Vocals
Man of Mystery. East Coast, West Coast, who knows where he'll be? Catch him when you can.