Pianist and singer-songwriter Matt Jordan is the fourth member of legendary Texas rockabilly band Reverend Horton Heat. Based in Fairmont, West Virginia, Matt joined the band in September 2017 and has been on tour ever since, racking up 155 high-octane shows in just the first year.
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 has traveled to each of the lower 48 states, Canada, and Europe, melting faces and tearing down stages in the most professional way possible.
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, and held together with comic old blues and vaudeville banter. While moonlighting as a piano mover, Matt refurbished and painted his 1964 berry-red upright “Strawberry-Pie’Anna,” which travels with him everywhere he goes.
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 songs. The flamboyance of Billy Preston and the refined sensibility of Richard Tee stoked Matt’s college obsession for gospel, and the hip-shaking music of New Orleans 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 Dennis McClung, Soup Camel, and Freddye Stover helped shape his musicianship. Matt currently studies early jazz under Tom Roberts, formerly of Leon Redbone.
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