The music of MHB was originally born in the windy city of Chicago and has now migrated to the Maryland and Washington, DC area. MHB released his debut solo album, entitled “Sparks Are Going Fly” on June 30, 2009. The album showcases the natural evolution of front man Matthew Henry Baron (whose initials comprise the band’s name) into a full-fledged pro musician capable of incorporating various styles into one cohesive unit. Baron blends healthy doses of blues, reggae, hip-hop, funk, and rock to create a feel-good landscape perfectly suited for summer listening.
Baron’s previous musical ventures include a stint as rhythm guitarist for a touring reggae band as well as front man for former Chicago ensemble Entrinzic, which garnered a fair amount of critical acclaim before disbanding in 2004 as well as the album “Dig Deep,” which is available on iTunes. When asked how this album differs from his past projects, Baron replied, “It’s the first of many more albums. I see myself as a high-energy musician and songwriter and foresee myself releasing dozens of albums in the years to come. I’ve been very fortunate to work with some really stellar musicians on this CD and it’s going to be really fun playing shows with them and creating great music in the days ahead.”
Comparisons to other artists are as varied as the number of fans out to see MHB every week in various bars and clubs around Chicago. Where one person hears Michael Glabicki (lead singer Of Rusted Root), another hears G. Love. A Tom Waits comparison follows closely behind a compliment on Baron’s firm grasp of roots reggae. MHB truly provides something for every listener.
Baron is backed on the album by a fantastic group of musicians, including Michael Whalen and Rob Van Dahl on drums, Daryl Coutts on organ/keyboards, Eric Koppa and Steve Kelly on horns, and the inimitable James T. Bromley on bass. It is evident upon first listen that this group has gotten to know each other very well over the past couple years and that none of them are strangers to the recording studio.
Recent News: MHB is currently in the studio writing and recording his next album. “The songs are coming along very nicely and they all are organically, without direct intention, carrying on the positive vibe tracks from the last album, while lifting into new horizons of change.”