Highway 58 was formed 8 years ago as an outlet for Clyde Mattocks’ passion for what he calls “straight ahead bluegrass.” Mattocks, an original member of the SuperGrit Cowboy Band, is generally considered to be one of the best steel guitar players in the South, and he is equally adept at banjo and Dobro.
“We named the band because two of us live on NC 58,” said Mattocks, of Kinston, “and another lives just off of it.” He is joined in the band by John Booker of Greenville on bass; Danny Morris of Vanceboro on guitar; Tim Myatt of Snow Hill on banjo; and Don Batten of New Bern on mandolin.
Mattocks also is a popular studio artist, having recently worked on CDs by Two Dollar Pistols, P.J. O’Connell, Steve March, and the Malpass Family with Don Helms. He has released two CDs on Supergrit’s Hoodswamp label, “Hugging the Hound” and “Over My Shoulder.” His songs frequently make Mike Gross’s monthly Top 10 listings for his Singin’ West radio show out of Texas.
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