Matt Crowder and Megan Doss form an incredible local duo, but there is more to these two than meets the eye. From stellar solo careers, various collaborations and even a full band, Matt and Megan are a force to be reckoned with in the local music scene.
Both Matt and Megan come from humble music foundations. Growing up in a house with a plethora of musical instruments and a respectable record collection from Hank Williams to The Beatles, Matt picked up a guitar and a bass at the age of 14 and started playing music for his church and still carries a deep passion for gospel music, particularly hymns and country gospel. At 17, Matt joined forces with his brother and father to form a country rock-a-billy band, gaining experience playing in various clubs and bars. It was just a few years later, he would meet Megan Doss.
Although arriving late to the scene, Megan Doss was no stranger to music. While her main focus growing up was a dance career, Megan could be found in her room singing into a hairbrush. One evening, after coming to terms with the end of her life long passion for dance, Megan was at a local bar when a DJ began to set up for karaoke night. A couple drinks later, Megan got up the nerve to sing a Sara Evans song. Much to her surprise, the crowd loved it! Befriending the DJ, Megan would continue to show up to karaoke, building her confidence. Now she can be found with Matt all over Danville and North Carolina. With influences from Reba and Loretta to Miranda and Dolly, Megan’s voice can be described as soulful and strong, a total vocal powerhouse.
Matt has been diligently working on a solo album and states “These new songs I’ve been writing are very personal dealing with love, loss, temptation, hope, forgiveness, and growth. While they’re about my life and my experiences, I believe
they’re relatable.” Back in June of this year, he met Danny Heiss owner of Daily Grind, a coffee, craft beer, wine, and music venue located in Martinsville, VA. Danny hosts quarterly Songwriter Showcases and we discussed having Jason Springs and I put together an exclusive live show featuring some of the new songs that each had written, respectively. It was decided to record the night and release it as two separate albums with one album containing Jason’s songs and the other containing Matt’s songs. “We thought it was the best way to get fans and listeners involved with the recording process as well as to offer a shared experience between the artist and the audience” said Crowder. Depending on the season, the duo usually plays one local venue in Danville once a week. Matt hosts Open Mic Night at Ballad Brewing every Monday from 6p-9p. The first Tuesday of every month Matt and Megan play at Buffalo Wild Wings 7p-10p. The second Friday of every month, The Megan Doss Band plays at Ham’s of Danville 9p-1a. The Third Thursday of every month we play at Frank’s of Danville 6p-9p. As always, Brewhub Magazine recommends you check Facebook for upcoming dates and venues.