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Matt Flinner Trio w/ Control Burn

The Matt Flinner Trio brings its own bluegrass and newgrass sound to the Red Light Cafe, along with the unique experience of 'Music du Jour.' Each member of the trio (Matt Flinner, mandolin; Ross Martin, guitar and Eric Thorin, bass) will write a new tune the day of the show, and all three new tunes will be premiered as part of that evening's concert. The trio will also be playing music from their latest Compass Records release, Traveling Roots, as well as plenty of bluegrass standards.

Atlanta's own Control Burn — an acoustic trio that combines bluegrass, country, blues and jazz to create an exciting sound that you'll love — open the show at 8:30pm.

$12 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM

All ticket sales are final. No refunds.


Sonically founded in bluegrass, jazz and American acoustic music, the virtuosic collaboration between esteemed mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin is a finely tuned compositional machine. Over the last eight years, the trio has been writing new music the day of any given show and performing it as part of that night’s concert. The resulting push to constantly create new material and challenge themselves to find new sounds and textures has led the trio to a unique sound all their own, and has also stretched the boundaries of what a bluegrass trio can do.  Now with over four hundred tunes in their repertoire, the trio released Traveling Roots on Compass Records on January 22nd, a road-crafted sequel to their 2012 release, Winter Harvest.  

“We’re building on what we started with Music Du Jour, debuting tunes the day they were written. But I think Traveling Roots is a more mature CD; we’ve done about 150 of these shows now, so we’re getting to choose 12 tunes out of over four hundred. We wanted to choose the few tunes that really defined the group and where we’d gone.”

For many of their 2016 shows, the trio will be continuing their “Music du Jour” project, but they’ll be adding special guests to the mix, writing music the day of the show for the trio plus one.  They’ve already collaborated with Tony Trischka, Sam Bush, Darol Anger, Alison Brown, Frank Vignola and several other bluegrass and jazz luminaries as part of the project; coming up later in the year they’ll have Danny Barnes, Joe Craven, Dave Douglas and Tony Furtado, to name a few.

Stylistically, the group is self-defined as “deeply-rooted new acoustic music,” and Flinner himself “blurs the lines between jazz and bluegrass, traditional and avant-garde (Associated Press).” Originally a banjo player, Flinner won the National Banjo Contest at Winfield Kansas in 1990 and then returned and took the same prize the following year on mandolin. Flinner showcased his mastery of the bluegrass style and genre and was driven to seek greater degrees of musical maturity through jazz studies. “Bluegrass and jazz are both improvisational and truly American,” says Flinner. “We strive to advance the (bluegrass) genre and do new things with it, hopefully creating a unique form out of other uniquely American forms.”

Matt Flinner Official Site
Matt Flinner on Facebook
Matt Flinner Trio on Apple Music


Control Burn came together in the spring of 2014. After meeting mandolinist Jay Moore at a local jam session in Marietta, Georgia, guitarist Harris Kendrick suggested that they get together with bassist Tyler Kufta. Harris didn't realize that Tyler and Jay actually knew each other, having played together several years before in the renowned Bluegrass Music Program at East Tennessee State University. Against this backdrop of reunion and friendship, the trio met at Tyler's house for an informal jam session.

All three members quickly became aware of the dynamic musical chemistry between them at this first session, jamming and calling out tunes into the early hours of the morning. The contagious energy created in that first night of playing led them to get together frequently and quickly they realized something special was going on. In other words, they sounded pretty damn good.

The trio’s diverse interests and influences, from bluegrass and country to blues, jazz and rock, have helped create a sound that is familiar and relatable, yet unexpected and dynamic. They can burn a fiddle tune at a blazing tempo, then turn on a dime and play a haunting waltz, sing a Bakersfield country number, or cover a classic rock song without anything feeling affected or put-on. The freedom of playing in a small group and crossing musical boundary lines has started these three musicians on an exciting journey – and they invite you to come along.

Control Burn on Facebook


Earlier Event: November 14
Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up