Striking Matches is an American country music duo consisting of guitarists Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis.


Meeting in a guitar seminar class at Nashville's Belmont University in 2007,[1] Zimmermann and Davis combined their talents and began honing their songwriting and performance skills.

2015: Nothing but the SilenceEdit

On a trip to Nashville, the music supervisor for the 2012 television series Nashville, Frankie Pine, heard Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman who performed for her at the office of Universal Publishing, and decided to use their songs on the show.[2] "When the Right One Comes Along" became their first song to be featured in the show,[3] and a total of six of their songs were featured in the first two seasons.[4]

The duo became signed to the newly revived I.R.S. Records label, their debut album Nothing but the Silence, produced by T Bone Burnett, was released on March 22, 2015.[5] The album debuted at No. 25 on the Top Country Albums chart, with 1,800 copies sold for its debut week.[6]

Musical styleEdit

The duo's music has been described as being found at "that sweet spot at the intersection of country, rock and blues".[7] Regarded as a "countrified Civil Wars/Black Keys mix", Striking Matches employ tight vocal harmonies in their guitar-driven music.[8]


Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US Heat
Nothing but the Silence[9] 25 6

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2015 "Hanging on a Lie"[10] Jeff Venable


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