A native of Wichita, Kansas, Matt Combs is a long-time Nashville fiddler and multi-instrumentalist who has played and recorded with many of the world’s best musicians.
Since his arrival in Nashville in 1997, Combs has worked in some of Music City’s most illustrious studios under such producers as Dave “Fergie” Ferguson, John Carter Cash, Don Was, T Bone Burnett, Buddy Miller, and Alison Brown.
Matt spent three seasons as a musician on ABC’s television series, Nashville, and has been a member of the house band for the CMA and ACM awards shows. From 2014 to 2016 Matt worked in the staff band of the Grand Ole Opry, backing up icons such as Vince Gill, Charlie Pride, and countless others. He has toured extensively, as well, going on the road with Reba McIntire, Ray Price, Patty Loveless, Kevin Costner, Jerry Douglas, Jimmy Martin, Mike Snider, and Maura O’Connell.
Among Matt’s soundtrack credits are original music for Kevin Costner’s Hatfields and McCoys miniseries, and fiddle parts for the 2016 remake of Roots. Matt was a member of the John Hartford String Band, studying traditional music alongside his mentor and close friend. In 2010 he received a Grammy nomination for his work on the Memories of John tribute album.
Currently a member of Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio house band, Combs has made several records with Auerbach, arranging string parts. Matt can be heard on Auerbach’s solo album “Waiting on a Song,” and several upcoming releases on alongside such distinguished studio musicians as Bobby Wood, Gene Chrisman, Russ Pahl, Dave Roe, and Duane Eddy.
Matt also continues his passionate work as an educator. Since 2004 he has directed the fiddle program at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. In 2006 he teamed up with the Nashville Symphony and the Country Music Hall of Fame to develop an educational program entitled, “Is it a Fiddle or Violin?”