Matt’s Blues

low-down mud-funky N'awlinz-fueled soul

Matt Jordan is on a mission. Following in the fingerprints of the New Orleans piano professors, he has been called upon to create a sound of his own. Based in Fairmont, West Virginia, he is doing what he does best: piloting a cherry-red hot rod piano and setting the 88s on fire.

Two years and 220 shows with Reverend Horton Heat have honed him to a razor's edge as a performer. After meeting Jim Heath, Matt displayed his prowess on the piano and was hired to become a full-time touring musician. With Reverend Horton Heat, Matt traveled to each of the lower 48 states, Canada, and Europe, melting faces and tearing down stages in the most professional way possible.

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A former military cadet and engineering student turned workin' man, Matt drew upon the inevitably colorful stories that accompany the truck driving trade to write, record and produce his first album, Two-Thirty Blues. On his own, his solo act ‘Matt’s Blues’ is a blue-collar barrelhouse of contrasts: both manic and sorrowful, held together with comic old blues and vaudeville banter. While moonlighting as a piano mover, Matt refurbished and painted his 1964 red upright “Strawberry-Pie’Anna,” which travels with him everywhere he goes, including his tours.

Matt's early musical memories were formed on long car rides, listening to golden oldies on the radio with his parents. His dad played guitar and loved The Beatles and his mom played violin and harmonized to old cowboy tunes. The flamboyance of James Booker and Billy Preston and the refined sensibility of Dr. John and Richard Tee stoked Matt’s college obsession for gospel and New Orleans jazz. Meeting many of his heroes further fueled his drive to become an accomplished pianist.

Self-taught at first, Matt developed his chops playing organ for the Dennis McClung Blues Band. The strong talent and work ethic of local blues musicians Soup Camel and Freddye Stover helped shape his musicianship. Matt currently studies early jazz under Tom Roberts, former music director for the late Leon Redbone.

Matt has recorded with Reverend Horton Heat, Scuzz Twittly, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, Lucky 757, The Brains, Andrea & Mud, Pope Paul & The Illegals, Rev VJ Thesis, Ambur Rockell West, and The Jam Messengers. He is endorsed by VIBE9 In-Ear Monitors

Special thanks to:

Amy Loomis, Morgantown Swing

Emma Ayers, Emma Ayers Photography

Ben Berry, Mountain Craft Productions

John Buczek, Metal Head Shots

Callum Hally, Andrew Sealy, Ashley DeMotto, Daniel Pomper

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