Matt Hartle - lead guitar and vocals

Matt joined the China Cats in the spring of 2010.  Prior to that he spent a decade as lead guitarist for Shady Groove.  He has jammed with the likes of John Kadlecik, Steve Kimock, Barry Sless, Melvin Seals, Vince Welnick, New Monsoon, David Gans and many others.  He also currently heads his own bands Spirit of '76 and Painted Mandolin.  Matt also offers guitar, piano, and music theory lessons to students of all ages.  More about Matt at

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F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S

San Jose Mercury News:
“Every time The China Cats play a song, it’s a new experience. We’re not playing the 1973 version of the song or the ’79 or the ’92 version. We’re playing the 2017 version of the song," Hartle said. "On these tunes, anything can happen. There are certain things that are specific, and certain things that are wide open to interpretation. It’s never about going back. It’s always looking to the present moment that we’re having."

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March 13, 2020
Toot's Tavern
Crockett, CA

Check out video of the 2nd set of Melvin Seals with the China Cats at the Sweetwater 2/23/2018:


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March 20, 2020
Michael's on Main
Soquel, CA