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My second novel, Threnody, now available - December 9, 2017

IT'S OUT NOW, HOLY WOW

Huge thanks to all who pre-ordered and made the launch waaay smoother than when I tried to put out the first book all by my lonesome. Sometimes teamwork makes the dream work, as they say.

I'm extremely proud of this book, and I hope it provides you all the cerebral oddment you've come to expect from the creative portions of my brain.

Please write reviews on all the retail sites, it helps people to know I'm not just entertaining myself. Which I am, but still...

To reiterate, LOOKIT HERE

My second novel, Threnody, funding now - October 27, 2017

Long time, no holler. Been busy hammering away in the artiste mills, and boy, are my brain cells tired. Still, those labors have borne fruits, and if you so choose, you can be part of harvesting the latest.

Threnody came to me in a relatively quick burst of inspiration, and whereas my first novel, Rewired, took seven years to complete, this one flowed out in less than a year. I'm extremely proud of it, and as you will see by the video, those who have read it thus far give it high marks.

Through the experience of releasing Rewired, I've figured out a bit better what I need and don't need to do with a book launch, thus this fundraising campaign. Rather than hacking away piecemeal, I'd rather get the money together up front and do it right.

That's where you come in. As you'll see, there are levels for everyone, from five bucks on up to fiddy, with rewards of corresponding value up the scale. I appreciate all that you've done to support my work over the years, and I believe this latest piece will make you proud of the monster you helped create.

Lots more in the hopper, fear not. As always, thank you for listening, and keep up the good work.

One year anniversary of Rewired - May 13, 2017

Holy hell, it's been one year since I published my first novel. Big thanks to all who've purchased, shared, and reviewed Rewired, it's been a fun journey.

The book is now available in both e-book and physical form, at all major online retailers, including ye olde Amazon. Keep spreading the word, I do appreciate it.

I'm shopping the new novel to agents right now. It's a work I'm extremely proud of, and I hope to get it into your hands sooner than later.

Many thanks as always for your support. No you, no this.

More soon...

The Band That Never Was Episode 6 podcast released - June 21, 2016

You thought it was gone for good, didn't you? Well, never let it be said that my bizarre ideas disappear quietly. Everyone's favorite docu-pop podcast is back, with stories of singular fans, illicit underage drunkenness, and all manner of youthful musical strategery. Apologies to the girl with the big ears, wherever she may be now.

Check out the episode RIGHT HERE.

And as always, there is a single which accompanies the festivities. This one, Here We Come Again, is a tune I've been proud of for a while, but only just now committed to digital wax. It's available at all major digital music retailers.

Thanks for sticking with me and my madness. Enjoy...

I wrote a dang book - May 31, 2016

Oh, man. Been awhile.

I know a lot of people thought I had shuffled off into the land of the unproductive, but holy crabs, take a look at this.

I started this thing in 2007, when I was bored at my bank job, but it started building up steam in the last few years, and with the help of my extremely talented editorwife (that's a word now), I believe it is at last seaworthy. I do hope you concur.

Had a few folks asking about physical copies. Unlike music, there has been no real revolution in pricing as regards self-publishing, and in my musical experience, most people are going to want digital product over 3D. However, I know books are different, so if you have a strong hankering for actual pages between your fingers, let me know and I'll see if I can print up a few on-demand copies. It won't be as cheap as we'd all like, but if you have your heart set on it, I'm certainly willing to give you that opportunity. If there's enough demand, I might even expand the run, who knows.

I appreciate you sticking with me through this experimental time, what with the radio show and prose pretensions. Some good news for fans of my actual music: There will be a new episode of The Band That Never Was in June, with a corresponding single that I'm extremely proud of. Additionally, I'm taking the quintet back to Ardent Studios in Memphis in a few weeks to lay down tracks for an EP to be released either late this year or early next.

So, all kinds of stuff going on. Happy dance...

Extracurriculars - May 26, 2016

So it would appear that I've written a book that will be released soon. Stay tuned...

workin'... - March 24, 2016

A few folks have asked me about my apparent idleness of late. Lotta stuff going on behind the curtain, most of which will make its way up onto this page when it's fully cooked, or at least approaching warm. Get on the mailing list to get first word of any such activities.

More soon, you best believe...

Introducing the Barbershop and Evenings at Westside on the Pirate - May 7, 2015

Now, here's some interesting stuff I've gotten myself into...

There's a new radio station in Fort Worth, KFTW the Pirate. It's been broadcasting digitally for a couple years now, but starting this summer, it will go terrestrial at 97.5 FM as well.

Answering their call for fresh programming, I've launched a new show that they've picked up. I present to you The Barbershop.

Once every couple of weeks, I gather a group of different Fort Worth music luminaries around a table, and we chat about the news that affects the local music community. Episodes will start airing on Saturday the 9th, so tune in on the interwebs.

Also also, I've become the recording engineer for Evenings at Westside, a concert series that my wife runs at Westside Unitarian Univeralist Church. Those shows will be airing on the Pirate as well. Jacob Furr's performance is in the can, and the fabulous Bethan will perform this month. More info here.

Very much looking forward to getting back into radio programming. Been a while since I DJed at the little 500-watt transmitter in Weatherford back in the day. Here's hoping the Pirate will provide a much-needed shot of originality into the DFW market and beyond.

Legacy cover collections now...collected - March 3, 2015

The tunes commissioned by donors for my son's school, Legacy Leadership Academy, have now been compiled into two collections, available for free download here:

VOLUME I

VOLUME II

It must be said that when I originally posted them to this site, I didn't realize the encoding was a bit shoddy, so these are in much higher quality. Thus, if you've downloaded them before, you'd be well advised to get the new copies. I mean, the price is right.

Thanks again to all who gave, your contribution to the boy's education will not go unnoticed in his forthcoming empire of doom.

Aaaaand...it's here! - November 12, 2014

With no further ado, allow me to present the completed Jason Jackson tribute album:

buy it at Bandcamp

buy it (physically or digitally) at CD Baby

buy it at Amazon's download store

buy it at iTunes

My eternal thanks to everyone who had anything at all to do with this project. It is very close to my heart, and it means a lot that others stepped up with me to make it happen.

Enjoy, and spread the word far & wide...

Jason Jackson tribute album...almost done - September 29, 2014

So we finished mixing with John Hampton up at Ardent in Memphis, and the dang thing sounds AMAZING. Artwork's next, then we'll throw it into the retail pipeline. I estimate a release date sometime in early November.

Thanks to all who have helped make this project a reality, it is among the best things I've ever been involved in.

More very soon...

Fresh ink in the Fort Worth Weekly - September 3, 2014

Read it HERE!

The perspicacious Edward Brown has done a piece about my shows in Second Life, the first time any non-virtual news outlet has done so. Major props and thanks to him and to Enola Vaher, Ursula Cinquetti, and the fiddlist Ms. Brown for helping him out.

Boss me around and support quality education - July 9, 2014

Hello hello,

You may recall that last summer, I issued an outrageous offer to anyone willing to donate $50 or more to my son's tuition fund at my sister's new school, Legacy Leadership Academy. The deal was that for every $50 given, I would record ANY song of the donor's choosing. The fundraiser was a rousing success, as evidenced by the number of songs which resulted.

My son's attitude towards school has been transformed by his involvement with Legacy, and that is all because of you. I find it difficult to convey just how grateful I and my family are for your help.

The school will be starting its second year of operation in September, and once again I extend the boss-me-around offer to you. $50 gets you any tune, and I mean any tune. I don’t care how ridiculous it is. I don’t care if I hate the song. Name it, and I’ll do it. Keep in mind of course that this is me, so any arias or piano concertos are going to come out unspeakably badly. So choose carefully. If it is something I can do well, I will make you proud. Or at least amuse you with my attempt.

Things are a wee bit different this year, as Legacy is now a non-theoretical entity, with an excellent student roll and a year of great accomplishments behind it. You can read all about what they've been doing on their Facebook page or at legacyleadershipacademy.org

Thus, it is not so much the school who needs a kickstart as it is my son, who remains the child of two people on a modest income. By helping his tuition along, you are giving him an opportunity to be the best-educated kid he can be. Not to mention making me dance like a monkey.

Your kind donation can be made HERE

Upon submitting your payment, shoot me an email (matthew@thematthewshow.com) letting me know what email address you've used. That way I can let Legacy know that those funds should be directed towards the boy's tuition.

My son's education means everything to me, and I hope the ability to commission a work of your choosing will encourage you to help him get the most out of this opportunity.

Hit me with your best shot.

Jason Jackson tribute album update - July 7, 2014

We've finished initial tracking with Hampton in Memphis, now the vocalists are doing their tracks in their own cities. Upon receiving them, we'll bundle everything up and mix at Ardent this fall. Many thanks again to all who've made this possible, it's like some kind of awesome freaky dream.

More when I know it...

Interview with MusiqArts - May 25, 2014

I had fun having this talk with Liza Veliz for MusiqArts. Enjoy...

Jason Jackson tribute album update and fundraiser show - March 18, 2014

So get this: Within less than a month, we have busted right through the initial funding goal for the Jason Jackson tribute album (details in earlier News post). It goes without saying that those who have donated so far are the awesomest of the awesome, but I'll say it anyway.

But get this: What if we were able to put MORE tunes on the record, and have Grammy-winning producer John Hampton spend MORE time mixing, adding just the right touches to jump the line from great to badass.

To that end, the full acoustic quintet will be doing a special multi-platform performance on Sunday, March 23rd at 3PM SLT (Pacific time), otherwise known as 5PM Central time. The show will take place in the Concerts in the Attic space in Fort Worth, with a limited in-person invite-only audience. But it will be broadcast to Vinyl Cafe in Second Life, and also via video feed to numubu.com. Our talented pal in the UK, Marky Helstein, will be opening for us in Second Life.

All details are below:

http://edrproductions.com/erm/jasonjackson.html

And remember, you can reserve your copy by donating at any time right here:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/let-s-make-a-jason-jackson-tribute-album-at-ardent-studios-in-memphis

Many thanks again to all who have already donated, and big thanks for all the kind words thus far. We are extremely excited, as is Mr. Hampton, to shoot this thing through the roof.

Let's do it.

Let's make a Jason Jackson tribute album - February 18, 2014

In 2011, my good friend Jason Jackson passed away. He was one of the best songwriters I have ever known, and yet very few people have ever heard his songs. Though a prolific writer, he never got much opportunity to record or perform.

The potential has emerged for that wrong to be made right. You may never have heard the name John Hampton, but you have heard his work. He has produced and mixed breakthrough albums for the White Stripes, Gin Blossoms, Travis Tritt, the Replacements, and many other chart-toppers. John has expressed an interest in working with us to create an album of Jason’s songs, many of them recorded for the first time ever.

Combining our forces, we intend to enlist great vocalists and musicians to bring Jason’s songs to life, including Kevin Russell (Shinyribs, the Gourds), Nathan Hamilton, Talley Summerlin (BE), Doug Kwartler, Aimie Lovett (Loretti), Beth Brown, Sydney Wright (Sol Tax), Ed Rogers, and Shotgun Friday, just for starters.

All we need to make that happen is you.

We have a goal of $3500, which will pay for the album’s production. All net proceeds from sales will go to his daughter. This is not about us making money. It’s about making sure that the great music Jason spent his life creating will finally be brought into the light.

We would like nothing more than for you to be a part of it.

Let’s do this.

For those unfamiliar with Jason’s work, check out my recent cover of Jason’s tune The Lesbian Song, recorded live at Sun Studio in Memphis. There's plenty more where that came from.

The Band That Never Was Episode 5 podcast released - January 8, 2014

Okay, so I know it's been even LONGER since last time, but in the quest for quality over punctuality, I present to you the newest installment in our fair podcast, The Band That Never Was, Episode 5.

Therein, the Average Deep hits the big city, learns the perils of cohabitation, and puts new meat on the bones, not to mention a panel discussion on the joy of wrestling. Of sorts.

And as always, the episode contains a single, which can be had on its own at a variety of digital retailers.

Enjoy...

'texas' at 10 - September 15, 2013

My first album, 'texas,' has just turned 10 years old. In internet years, that's quite a while ago, so I thought I'd write a little reflection on its creation. You can read it HERE.

Many thanks to everyone who has ever said a kind word to me about that record, you got me off to a good start.

Posting new tunes from Legacy scholarship fundraiser - August 26, 2013

Last month I did a fundraiser to raise scholarship money for my sister's new school, Legacy Leadership Academy, at which my son will be a student this year. As an incentive, I invited all donors of $50 or more to request that I cover a song, any song. Around half of those have now been posted, with more coming every week.

Have a listen HERE. Anything dated 2013 is from the benefit. It's been a fun project, as it's gotten me to do songs I never would have considered without your suggestions.

More to come, and thanks so much for your support.

NEW matthew-produced tunes from a friend and songwriter - July 9, 2013

Oh man,

So before I go into the backstory on this, lemme just tell you to go HERE and listen while you read.

Now, the tale...

You all know I play in a wildass hillbilly jug band called Fish Fry Bingo. What you may not know is that one of its founding members, now solo, is a badass songwriter and performer. He is the one and only Pookie (known by the government as Daniel Chambers).

A few months ago, it came to my attention that none of Pookie's tunes had ever been recorded and released to the general public. This was a situation which needed remedying. So over the course of three sessions (including one with fiddlist and FFB alumnus Beth Brown), we created the 8-song Pookie debut referenced above, and available at the links below.

As you will hear, Pookie's unique lyrical and musical approach are infectious, rowdy, and completely uninhibited. Quite simply, there is no substitute (I mean, who covers NOFX on a banjo?). I encourage you to pick up the record, and to spread the word to fellow music lovers.

His Pookieness may be had at most digital retailers, including these...

Bandcamp
CD Baby (physical disc OR download)
iTunes
Amazon

As always, thanks for listening, and for your support.

The return of the matthew show radio - March 26, 2013

So years ago, back when I was in NYC, I operated a well-received internet radio broadcast on Live365. In the midst of various life kerfufflery, I put it on indefinite hiatus, but have finally decided to let my inner DJ back out again.

Take a listen HERE. Turn on, tune in, & sing along.

Inklings acoustic EP released - March 8, 2013

You'd be surprised how long it takes to prepare a group of solo acoustic songs. But at last you can take a listen to what sorts of things have been kicking around in the subconscious portions of my brain for the past several years. 'Tis but a click away HERE.

Memphis album released - October 18, 2012

Holy Mother Hubbard, it finally happened! It's difficult for me to express how proud I am of this album, and how grateful I am to the people who made it happen. All I can say is that you need to click THIS. Like now.

The Band That Never Was - Episode 4 released - July 30, 2012

2012 is, after all, the year of the zombie apocalypse. Amid concern that our fair podcast had fallen into the unfinished business pile, we now present to you the newest installment, Episode 4.

Therein, the Average Deep is plagued by shifting fortunes, youthful exuberance, petty theft, and hormonal distress as the bright lights beckon from the east. Also discussed: Beatles tunes, blood blisters and unkept curfews. Come along.

And as always, the episode contains a single, which can be had on its own at a variety of digital retailers.

Enjoy...
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