Carl Mateo is a piano playing, open tuned guitar strumming, harmonica loving American singer songwriter whose mother was a classically trained soprano and father a lounge pianist, writer and composer. Carl 's musical journey turned when he heard the sound of a lone voice echoing from a boom box in an old warehouse in Brooklyn. The raw emotion and power of the lyric magnified by the huge empty space inspired Carl's version of Son House’s “Grinning in Your Face” which soon became a regular cover in his solo shows.
Take that intimate and edgy nature of the real folk blues add atmosphere and groove and you will have a sense of The Mateo Dougan Band which features the stellar playing of Peter Dougan on left handed electric and acoustic guitar and vocals, Eric Parker on drums and Paul Schiavo on bass. For the past three years the band has incubated it's style and vibe at gigs that take on a party and community nature through the comradery and groove of the players, their fans, friends and family. Summer, 2017, finds the band finishing up tracks on a new release of original songs they have been nurturing in these live shows.
Carl has shared the stage and opened for performers such as John Hammond Jr, Jorma Kaukonen, Matt Guitar Murphy, Suzanne Vega, Larry Cambell, David Johanson, John Doe and X, Robert Hunter, David Bromberg, Marco Benevento and more in classic venues such as The Knitting Factory and CBGB'S Gallery in NYC, The Iron Horse, Northampton , MA., Cafe Lena's in Saratoga, NY and the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock , NY. Carl's debut release, "Big White House", was chosen as one of the top ten independent recordings of the year by the "Off the Beaten Track Radio Show".on WKZE