San Marcos Like a Local

The Sounds of San Marcos: Matt Begley & Bitter Whiskey

March 30, 2015

Photo ©Russell Henrichs

By Ricky Galindo

Band members:

   Matt Begley (Lead singer) Tyler, Texas

   Michael C. Reeh (Lead Guitar) Leander, Texas

   Nick Dooley (Bass Guitar) Lampasas, Texas

   Paul Rogers (Drummer) New Braunfels, Texas    

Founded: August 1, 2007

Location: San Marcos, Texas

Genre: Country


Facebook: /bitterwhiskey

Texas outlaw country outfit Matt Begley and Bitter Whiskey were establish in August 2007 and have been wanted ever since. This throwback tandem featuring Matt Begley as lead Vocals and Michael as lead guitar sound as though they have been transplanted from outlaw country’s yesteryear. Describing this group as rough, rugged and left scuffed for those who appreciate something a more than PG13 radio tunes and some character feels right.  
Photo ©Ryan Lee Evans Photography

MBBW, as we’ll call them from now on, has played every state west of the Mississippi with few exceptions. In fact, our first local artist featured The JJ Garrett Band, was the latest touring partner in a string of artist this group has played with. The short list, Blue Edmonson, Curtis Grimes, Rick Trevino (SXSW), Mark Chesnutt (SXSW) to name a few.

Photo ©Ryan Lee Evans Photography

Home is where the stage is for this band and San Marcos, Texas is a better place for it. Jacks Road House (Just a beer joint) Open mic night on Hunter Road has been the local picking place for these guys in recent months with a few nice visitors joining for night, New Braunfels’ Austin Gilliam and the group “Law By The Gun” which has recently been revived. We will have more on Law By The Gun soon.


A few samples of the album “Walkin’” can be found on We have placed a sample here for your enjoyment. If you have questions about the band or to find more shows like them on Facebook or follow them on

Photo ©Russell Henrichs