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Group History

In the course of their 34 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 over a million CDs, tens of thousands of downloads, and who knows how many bootlegs they cut loose to fans for free. JC is brand name, and a pioneering cornerstone in the jam band scene. They have been called 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.

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. They handle all business in-house and own their own record label, which is distributed internationally through Red Eye Worldwide.

Coyote has shared the stage with The Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, String Cheese, The Radiators and Skynyrd 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 1988 to pursue a career in music. The duo headed to Macon, Ga., where they joined forces with drummer Gene Bass and 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. Noel Felty took over for Bass on drums in 2001. Most recently, long-time JC sidekick John Meyer was added on lead guitar. Meyer is also the person who came up with the name Jupiter Coyote back when the band was first starting in Macon, Ga.   There is no band that really sounds like Jupiter Coyote. They have a guijo (banjo neck, Stratocaster body) an incredible fiddle player, and two fantastic slide guitar players. On top of that the band is currently touring with two drummers; Noel Felty and Gene Bass. Lot’s of vocal harmony and clever songwriting set these guys apart from the rest of the banal, jam band pack.

Currently, Jupiter Coyote is touring and releasing singles on all major digital platforms every five weeks.. Talent buyers should contact Matthew 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

Robert Soto- Percussion

Ponchito- 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
Live Show- Jamming At The Jammer- audio only (2011)
Live Show- Still Jammin’- audio only (2011)

Life Got In The Way (2018)

Live from The Greenwood Community Theater, June 20, 2020


Driving The Wedge, 2020

Hungry Ghost, 2020

Soldier On, 2020

Confusionville, 2020

Joker 1.5, 2021

Hotbox The Car, 2021

What If I Were A Star, March 2021

Pack Mule, April 2021

Pry, June 2021

Seasons, Oct 2021

Cindi, 2022

Home, 2022

Ship In The Bottle (FTL) 2022

Appalachain Boogie Blues, 2022

Mile Marker 6, 2022

Oconee Bells, 2022

Monarchs, 2022

Crazy Women (Capricorn Sessions) 2023

Real Thing (Capricorn Sessions) 2023

Morning 2023

You Are Free 2023

Roads 2023

Ruse 2023

No Sun, 2023

Flowers, 2023

Chickens, 2023

All Of Me, 2023

Balance, 2023

Saluda Grade, 2023

Time Won't Wait, 2023

Hum Hummingbird, 2023

Parade, 2024

Mister 2024

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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 34 years, he has written over 300 songs songs 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 38 years, played over 6000 shows and sold over 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, Becky, Joker 1.5 along the way. He has recorded 18 albums, 12 with Jupiter Coyote, 4 with his proggie side project The Raptor Trail, and his 2 solo albums. To date he has released 24 singles with Jupiter Coyote. 

His songs have been in films, commercials, and TV programs.  Being somewhat of a music business maverick, Matt also handles all the business operations for JC through his MBM Entertainment label.





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