Matt Babineaux is a singer-songwriter based in New Orleans, LA. Now 27, Matt left his hometown of Houston, TX when he turned 18 to attend LSU and has been living in south Louisiana ever since. The strong musical traditions of both these states have clearly influenced his song writing, as has the insight that he says comes from “driving countless hours on Interstate 10 between the two.”

He bought his first guitar in 7th grade and began writing songs in high school. In college, Matt formed his first band, The Lonesome Onlies, with a few classmates and close friends. They began playing open mic nights, seedy bar gigs, and wedding receptions around LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge. After college, Matt moved to the quintessentially Cajun town of Lafayette, LA, where he teamed up with The Climbers. The group quickly became a regular act at the local venues downtown.

During all this time, Matt was able to hone his songwriting skills and develop his particular style of performance. A Matt Babineaux show is always an intimate and interactive event with comical anecdotes peppered in between songs and the occasional open invitation for the audience to request their favorite covers.

Drawing influence from modern acts like Ryan Adams, John Mayer, and the Avett brothers (without ever losing site of the Cajun-folk artists and Texas songwriters he grew up with), Matt writes vulnerable songs mostly about unsuccessful romances, the promise of an open road, and the struggle to find oneself in an uncertain, dog-eat-dog world. But if you listen closely, there is an unmistakable wit in his lyrics that hints at his underlying hopeful nature.

Matt moved to New Orleans in 2015 to try his hand at a song-writing career in one of the best music cities in America. He assembled a new band called The TBDs; a group of powerfully gifted musicians, each from a different corner of the country, but all looking for a similar type of success in The Big Easy. Their name is short for The To Be Determineds, and it stuck after the group booked their first gig on Frenchmen Street despite not knowing what they wanted to call themselves yet.

His debut EP, A Place to Fall, recorded at Leap Studios in Lafayette with producers Paul Broussard and Matthew McElveen is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and on this official website. Sample Matt’s authentic and hauntingly honest brand of songwriting today, and be sure to purchase the record online or at the next show.