Group History

In the course of their 27 year history, Jupiter Coyote has played over five thousand shows, traveled everywhere and done just about everything a touring band can do. The innovative group has independently sold well over half a million CDs, tens of thousands of downloads, and who knows how many bootlegs loose to fans for free. JC is brand name and still trucking along, despite today’s ever-changing, increasingly unpredictable music scene.

JC plays it the way they feel it — with little regard as to where they fall between the cracks of what is considered trendy and fashionable. A band prolific in its writing, skilled in its musicianship and congenial in its nature, they remain the prototype of the truly independent band.

Coyote has shared the stage with The Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, String Cheese, The Radiators and Kansas just to name a few. They have played large festivals from coast to coast, including: High Sierra Music Fest in California, Charlotte’s Center City Fest, Atlanta’s Mid-Town, Birmingham’s City Stages, Asheville’s Bele Chere and The Magnolia Fest in Live Oak, Fla.

The group traces its roots to Brevard, N.C., where childhood friends Matthew Mayes (guitar, guijo, vocals) and John Felty (vocals, guitars) decided in 1990 to pursue a career in music. The duo headed to Athens, Ga., where they joined forces with bassist Sanders Brightwell. Steve Trismen (vocals, fiddle) joined the fold in 1999. A native of Boulder, Colo., Trismen’s playing melded neatly into the band’s sound and gave Coyote a new on-stage dynamic. Tasteful and intense, the group’s jams extend higher and the melodies — combined with Mayes’ guijo (banjo neck, Stratocaster body) and Felty’s slide guitar — create a revolutionary sound truly all their own. Lot’s of vocal harmony and clever song writing set these guys apart from the rest of the banal, jam band pack. There is no band that sounds like Jupiter Coyote.

In essence, Jupiter Coyote is a musical stew with members adding their own individual flavor to the mix. The band is the new twist in southern rock and they deliver it with a relaxed, worldly view. Their sound has been labeled “Mountain Rock” — a mixture of Southern Appalachian boogie, bluegrass-infused, funk-rock.

Unlike many touring bands, JC rarely repeats a set from show to show. True to their self-determined “independent band” status, Jupiter Coyote handles all operations themselves. Currently, the band is recording its 8th studio album which should be released in the Spring of 2018. Tour dates for 2018 are in the works now. Talent buyers should contact Matt Mayes at

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Matthew B. Mayes, guitar, guijo, banjo, vocals                                                                                                                                        John Felty, guitar, slide, vocals                                                                                                                                                              Sanders Brightwell, bass                                                                                                                                                                              Steve Trismen, fiddle, vocals                                                                                                                                                                        Noel Felty, drums, vocals                                                                                                                                                                                  John Meyer- Guitar, G  Strings, Vocals, slide                                                                                                                                            Gene Bass- Drums, Percussion

Cemeteries and Junkyards (1991)
Wade (1993)
Lucky Day (1995)
Ghost Dance (1997)
Here Be Dragons (1998)
Jupiter Coyote Live (2000)
Live From The Ga. Theatre (VHS, 2001)
Waxing Moon (2001
The Hillary Step (2005)
Jammin’ At The Jammer DVD (2005)
Still Jammin DVD ( 2009)
Sage With Toad (2011)
Little Drummer Boy (2011) single, digital only, was just released
Live Show- Jamming At The Jammer- audio only (2011), just released
Live Show- Still Jammin’- audio only (2011) just released

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Matthew B Mayes- Bio



Matthew B. Mayes  is the co founder of the popular Jam rock band Jupiter Coyote. As the principle songwriter and multi instrumentalist for the band for the past 24 years, his songs are filled with eclectic charters, heartache, and soul searching while musically running the gamut from rock, southern boogie, bluegrass and country rock. He has been playing music for over 35 years, played over 4500 shows and sold over a half a million records and downloads independently while traveling all over the US and beyond;  writing cult hit Coyote favorites like Crazy Women, Rose Hill,  Ship In The Bottle, Real Thing, and Becky along the way.

On June 3rd, Matt released his first two solo records, “American Idle,” and “More Than Folklore.” The albums were recorded and mixed in his home studio in Brevard , NC. “American Idle” is more of a rock album while “More Than Folklore” is more on the country, acoustic side. A new project called “The Raptor Trail,” will have a late summer release. More of a progressive hard rock project, the group consist of Matt on all lead vocals, guitars, and Guijo, John Meyer on Guitar and vocals, and Gene Bass on drums.

His songs have been in films, commercials, and TV programs.  True to the independent spirit, Matt also handles all the business operations for JC as well as other acts through his MBM Entertainment LLC. His business models are touring based and it is rare to find management that can say they have actually been on the artist/touring side. He is a music guy on all levels with a comprehensive knowledge of the business and a road tested perspective. 

Credentials & Positions:

MBM ENTERTAINMENT, LLC- Founder and President- Label,  Management & Booking, Promotions, Business Platforms


BLUE BLINDER PUBLISHING – BMI- Founder and President

COYOTE RECORDINGS- Founder and President- Self contained Indie Label for the music of Jupiter Coyote that launched with the dissolution of his Autonomous Records Label in 99’. Coyote Recordings is distributed nationally through Red Eye Distribution.

JUPITER COYOTE- Co-founder, owner, Management, Booking, all business operations.