Matthew Sabatella

My name is Matthew Sabatella, and I connect people with music that is woven into the fabric of the United States. This website will tell you a little about the projects in which I am, and have been, involved. Several have their own website, and this hub will lead you to those. The External Link symbol on this home page indicates a link that will take you to another website.

About Me

A standard third person bio, for people who like to read those sorts of things.


This is what I’m working on at the moment, as well as recently completed projects.

Ballad of America External Link

In 2019, I founded the nonprofit Ballad of America, Inc. to preserve and celebrate music from America’s diverse cultural history. The website has interesting articles about music, playlists, and resources for educators.

Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band

The Rambling String Band External Link

This is my band. We play traditional folk songs, fiddle tunes, old-time country, bluegrass, Appalachian music, ragtime, blues, spirituals, railroad and cowboy songs, work songs, sea shanties, reels, breakdowns, ballads, and more.


This page features video from my performances in various configurations.


Here you’ll find upcoming performance dates and general information about my shows.


This page features my solo and Rambling String Band recordings. If you scroll down far enough, you’ll reach the first two albums I recorded as a singer/songwriter.

Karen Feldner External Link

I accompany singer/songwriter Karen Feldner in recordings and on stage. I sing, play guitar, banjo, bass, dobro, and whatever else I can muster up that suits the song.


I have performed and recorded with many wonderful artists over the years. This page features some recorded highlights with me as a singer or instrumentalist.

Southeast Regional Folk Alliance External Link

I am on the board of directors of SERFA, the Southeastern regional chapter of Folk Alliance International. I also coordinate their Roots & Sources activities, ensuring that traditional folk music retains a prominent place at the annual conference and within the organization.


Connect with me by email, phone, or social media. Don’t look for me on the platform pictured to the left with the yellow icon and what appears to be a little white ghost. I don’t even know what that one is. Don’t tell me – I don’t want to know.