The finale of the 39th King Coal Festival is tomorrow, and many musicians are set to perform Saturday. One of those performers is Matt Mullins, and the band, Foddershock.
Mullins has played guitar for Foddershock “a few years” and was on the group’s two most recent albums, although he himself has also recorded a solo CD.
“It’s blues-based rock. Country blues, rock blues, it’s all kind of blues based,” Mullins said of his solo project.
Foddershock, on the other hand, is “regional, with songs about coal mining,” Mullins said.
The band’s website lists their genre as “appalachian dysfunctional folk rock.”
“We got a song called ‘When Coal was King’ that was on the last album, ‘Somewhere between Heifer and Hell,’” Mullins said. “We’ll be playing that.”
The 29-year-old Mullins, from Clintwood, Va., said that has been playing music for 14 years this Christmas, and has been performing live since he was 17-years-old.
“The dream is to make it big and earn a living with my music,” Mullins told the Daily News.
His initial inspiration for music was Lynyrd Skynyrd, “like everyone else from the South,” Mullins said. He also said that Eric Clapton was his favorite guitarist and was his “single biggest influence.”
As far as a favorite band is concerned: “The Rolling Stones,” Mullins said.
Mullins said that when he was in high school, he performed in a talent show and was “pretty awful,” but that the audience enjoyed it.
“That’s when I knew I wanted to keep doing music,” Mullins said.
He was on his high school football team as well, and compared being on stage to being on the gridiron.
“It’s just like making a big play,” Mullins said. “Hearing people cheer for you? It’s great.”