Since its inception in 2002, the Matt Flinner Trio has been forging new pathways for the standard bluegrass trio. Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin cover a wide variety of musical styles—all with the common ground of American roots as well as originality. Bluegrass, jazz and Celtic music are all present here, but not necessarily overtly or in a contrived sense. Call it Americana Music, or New Acoustic, or Chamber Grass, or just call it Great Music; whatever label you put on it, it is guaranteed to be fresh and original, and definitely something you’ve never quite heard before. The trio began doing “Music du Jour” tours in 2006, in which each member of the group writes a new composition the day of the show, and all three new pieces are performed on that evening’s concert. After several of these tours the trio recorded its first CD, “Music du Jour,” on Compass Records in 2009. They have now performed over 75 “du Jour” shows and continue to explore new frontiers and new sounds in acoustic string band

Matt Flinner on Compass Records 


 Interview with Mandolin Cafe


Flinner ... represents the next generation of new acoustic music.
— Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Flinner continues his reign as perhaps the most exciting and creative mandolin player on the scene today.
— Jazz Times
One of the best mandolin players ever…
— Downbeat
(Flinner) blurs the lines between jazz and bluegrass, traditional and avant-garde.
— Associated Press
Matt Flinner can play the mandolin as fast as anyone, but is also one of those rare virtuosos who knows that sometimes it’s the notes you don’t play that makes the melody great
— Associated Press
The View from Here’…a phenomenal record from an amazing talent which, as far as I’m concerned, has elevated the standard by which all future instrumental recordings must be judged.
— Dave Higgs, WPLN-FM