A native of Minneapolis, MN, Mattison attended Harvard University where he graduated cum laude in 1991 with a concentration in American Literature. After an ill-advised stint as a journalist, he began his music career with Paul Olsen as one half of the blues duo Scrapomatic, who have released four albums to date. As Scrapomatic’s star rose, Mike was picked up by slide-guitarist Derek Trucks and began touring as lead singer with the Derek Trucks Band. Since 2001 he has appeared constantly with Scrapomatic, the Derek Trucks Band and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, performing on five continents and in every state, except Alaska. Mattison has gone on to win two Grammy’s with Trucks: 2009’s Best Blues Album for the Derek Trucks Band’s “Already Free,” and 2011’s Best Blues Album for the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s “Revelator.” His compositions, “Bound for Glory” and “Midnight in Harlem,” received significant airplay and the latter was highlighted in the band’s performance for the DVD of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010.
Mattison’s first release, You Can’t Fight Love from 2014, reaped critical acclaim and strong airplay. American Songwriter wrote that “Mike Mattison has arrived in a big way” and All Music Guide commented on his “remarkable vocal range.”
Mike Mattison will perform nationally and overseas with both the Tedeschi Trucks Band and his own formidable unit throughout 2020.