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Matthew Shoaf

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Matthew Shoaf has been a professional musician for 20 years playing in numerous projects, ensembles, and bands of all styles of music in Kansas City and around the country. A graduate of The Conservatory of Music at UMKC, he currently has several regular gigs around the metro playing anywhere from 4-7 nights a week in a variety of venues and with some of KC's best musicians. His band that he fronted on lead guitar and vocals, Gov't Cheez, held a weekly residence on the Country Club Plaza for over fourteen years. Matthew also plays bass for the semi-local Irish band, Flannigan's Right Hook. Currently he also plays with KCFLO, The Diamond Empire Band, and you can catch him at Nara on Wednesday’s and First Friday’s as a solo, one-man-band act on acoustic guitar/vocals with live looping improvisations. He takes requests from a long list of songs that aims to please the crowd and promises that whatever your preference or mood, he has a song that will speak to you. 

song list



    All Mixed Up



Adele    Hello

    Rolling in the Deep

Aerosmith-Sweet Emotion

Al Green-Let’s Stay Together

Alice In Chains-Rooster

Allman Brothers-Melissa

America-Horse With No Name

Arlo Guthrie

    Coming Into Los Angeles

The Association-Never My Love

Bananarama-Cruel Summer

The Band-Cripple Creek

    The Weight

Band of Horses-Infinite Arms

     No One’s Gonna Love You

Beatles-Across the Universe



    Come Together

    Cry Baby, Cry

    Don’t Let Me Down

    Helter Skelter

    Here Comes the Sun

    I Will

    In My Life

    I’ve Just Seen a Face


    Lucy In the Sky

    Mother Nature’s Son

    Norweigan Wood



    Rocky Raccoon


    WhileMy Guitar Gently Weeps


    You’ve Got to Hide Your Love

Beck    Where It’s At

Ben E King-Stand By Me

Ben Harper-Burn One Down

    Diamonds on the Inside


    Steal My Kisses

    With My Own Two Hands

Big Head Todd-It’s Allright

Bill Withers-Ain’t No Sunshine

    Lean on Me

    Use Me

The Black Crowes

    She Talks to Angels

Bob Dylan

       Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

    House of the Rising Sun

    It’s Alright Ma

    Kansas City(Nw Bsmnt tapes)

    Knocking on Heaven’s Door

    Lay Lady, Lay

    Make You Feel My Love

Bob Marley-Burnin’ and Lootin’

    Could You Be Loved

    Get up, Stand Up

    I Shot the Sheriff


    No Woman, No Cry

    Redemption Song

    Stir it Up

    Three Little Birds

    Trenchtown Rock

    Turn Your Lights Down Low

    Waiting in Vain

Bob Seger-Turn the Page

Bon Iver-Blood Bank    

Bon Jovi-Wanted Dead or Alive

Bonnie Raitt

    I Can’t Make You Love Me

Brett Dennen-There Ain’t No Reason

Bright Eyes-First Day of My Life

Bruce Hornsby-That’s Just the Way 

Bruce Springsteen-I’m on Fire

    Dancing in the Dark

    When You Need Me

Bryan Adams-Heaven

Buffalo Springfield

    For What it’s Worth

Cake-    I Will Survive

    Love You Madly

The Cars-Drive

Cat Stevens-Wild World

Cee-Lo-Forget You

Chris Isaak-Wicked Game


    Speed of Sound






    Long as I can See the Light

    Susie Q

Cure    Close to Me

    Just Like Heaven


Damien Rice-Cannonball


Dan Auerbach-Never in My Wildest

    Stand By My Girl

    Waiting on a Song

Daft Punk-Get Lucky

Dave Matthews Band-Crash Into Me

    Jimi Thing


    Typical Situation

David Essex-Hey Kids, Rock & Roll

David Bowie-Man Who Sold World

    Space Oddity 

David Gray-Babylon

Death Cab for Cutie

    Brothers on a Hotel Bed

    Crooked Teeth

    Grapevine Fires

    I Will Follow You Into the Dark

    I Will Possess Your Heart

Don Henley-Boys of the Summer

    End of the Innocence

The Doobie Brothers

    Listen to the Music

The Doors-Riders on the Storm

Eagles-Peaceful Easy Feeling

Ed Sheeran-Shape of You

Elvis Presley

    A Little Less Conversation

    That’s Alright

Eric Clapton-Before You Accuse Me


    I’m Tore Down

    Old Love

    Wonderful Tonight

Eurythmics-Sweet Dreams

Everly Bros-Dream

Flaming Lips-Fight Test

    Waiting for Superman

    Yoshimi BattlesthePinkRobots

Frou Frou-Let Go

G. Love and the Special Sauce

    Gimme Some Lovin’

Gnarls Barkley-Crazy

Grateful Dead-Casey Jones

    Franklin’s Tower

    Friend of the Devil

    Scarlet Begonias

    Fire on the Mountain

Green Day-Brain Stew

    When I Come Around

Guns & Roses


Hall & Oates-I Can’t Go for That



Iron & Wine-Evening on the Ground

    Low Light Buddy of Mine

    My Lady’s House

    Naked As We Came

Jack Johnson-Banana Pancakes

    Bubble Toes



    Rodeo Clowns

    Sitting, Waiting, Wishing


    Upside Down

James Taylor-Fire and Rain

Jeff Buckley

    Hallelujah-Leonard Cohen

    Lover,You ShouldaComeOver

Jimi Hendrix-Purple Haze

    Voodoo Child

Jimmy Buffet-A Pirate Looks at 40


Jimmy Cliff-Sitting in Limbo

    The Harder They Come

Joe Cocker-Feelin’ Alright

John Legend-All of Me

John Lennon-Imagine

    Working Class Hero

John Mayer-Daughters

    I Don’t Trust Myself

    Why Georgia

    Your Body is a Wonderland

John Mellencamp

    Jack and Diane

John Prine

    Angel From Montgomery

Johnny Cash-Fulsom Prison Blues

    Hurt (NIN)

    Ring of Fire

Joshua Radin-My, My Love

    Only You

Justin Timberlake-Suit & Tie

Justin Timberlake-Suit & Tie

Kanye West-Heartless

Keller Williams-Crooked

    Freaker By the Speaker

Kings of Leon-Notion

    Sex on Fire

    Use Somebody

Langhorne Slim-Back to the Wild

Led Zeppelin-D’yer Mak’r

    Hey Hey What Can I Do

    No Quarter

    Rain Song

    Ramble On

    That’s the Way

    When The Levee Breaks

Lenny Kravitz

    It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over


Lyle Lovett-If I Had A Boat

Mad Season-River of Deceit

Major Lazer-Lean On

Marcy Playground-Sex and Candy

Maroon 5-She Will Be Loved

Marvin Gaye-

    Heard it thru the Grapevine 

    Let’s Get it On

    What’s Going On

Mason Jennings-Butterfly

    If You Need A Reason


    Stars Shine Quietly

Mat Kearney-Hey Mama

Mayer Hawthorne-The Walk

The Melodians

    By the Rivers of Babylon

Michael Jackson-Billie Jean

    Human Nature

    The Way You Make Me Feel

Mike Doughty-The Only Answer


My Morning Jacket-Golden

Neil Diamond

    Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon

    Red, Red, Wine

    Sweet Caroline

Neil Young-Cinnamon Girl

    Harvest Moon

    My My, Hey Hey

    Old Man

Nirvana -In Bloom

Oasis-Champagne Supernova


Otis Redding

    Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

Paul Simon

    50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

    The Boxer

    Homeward Bound

    Late in the Evening

    Me and Julio

Paula Abdul-Straight Up

Pearl Jam-Black


    Elderly Woman....

    Just Breathe

    Rise(Eddie Vedder)

Peter Tosh-Legalize It

Phil Collins-Against All Odds

    In The Air Tonight

    In Too Deep


Pink Floyd-Comfortably Numb


    Wish You Were Here

Plain White T’s-Delilah

Portugal the Man-Still Feeling It


The Raconteurs-Level

    Steady As She Goes


    Fake Plastic Trees

    High and Dry

    House of Cards

    The National Anthem

Ray Charles-I Got a Woman

Ray Lamontagne-Barfly




    Like RocknRoll and the Radio

    Three More Days

    You are the Best Thing

    You Can Bring Me Flowers

Red Hot Chili Peppers


    Snow (Hey Yo)

    Under the Bridge

Rihanna-We Found Love

Rick James-Mary Jane

The Rolling Stones

    You Can’t Always Get

    Dead Flowers

    Miss You

    Wild Horses

Ryan Adams-Come Pick Me Up

    Gimme Somethin’ Good

Sade--By Your Side

    No Ordinary Love

Sam Cooke-Bring it on Home

Santana-Evil Ways


Simply Red-Holding Back the Years

Snow Patrol-Chasing Cars


Smokey Robinson

    You Really Got a Hold On Me

Stealer’s Wheel

    Stuck in the Middle With You

Stereophonics-Maybe Tomorrow

Steve Miller Band-Fly Like an Eagle

    The Joker

Stevie Wonder

    Boogie On Reggae Woman

    Higher Ground


Sting-Fields of Gold

Stone Temple Pilots-Plush

    Interstate Love Song


    Doin’ Time (Summertime)


    Smoke Two Joints

    What I Got

Tears for Fears-Everybody Wants to

    Rule the World

    Mad World 

Temptations-Shakey Ground

Tom Petty-Free Fallin’

    Honey Bee

    It’s Good to be King

    Mary Jane’s Last Dance

    Runnin’ Down a Dream

    Time To Move On


    You Don’t Know How it Feels

    You Wreck Me

Tom Waits-Long Way Home

Tool    Sober

The Turtles-Happy Together

U2    All I Want Is You


    I Still Havent’ Found

    With or Without You

UB40 (Neil Diamond)

    Red Red Wine

Van Morrison-And It Stoned Me

    Brown-eye Girl

    Crazy Love

    Into the Mystic


    Tupelo Honey

    Wild Night

Violent Femmes-Blister in the Sun

Weezer-Say it Ain’t So

    Undone - The Sweater Song

WHAM!-Careless Whisper

The White Stripes

    Seven Nation Army

Wild Cherry

    PlayDat FunkyMusicWhiteBoy

Willie Nelson-Blue Eyes Cryin’

    On the Road Again


Vocal Standards-

Going to Kansas City

Route 66

Girl from Ipanema


My one and Only Love

House of the Rising Sun

You are My Sunshine 


Instrumental guitar lead-

Cissy Strut

Surf Rider





Various Classical guitar stuff

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