Sam's Burger Joint Presents:
Jason Robert Blum
Thu, May 18, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmSam's Burger Joint
$10.00 - $30.00
This event is 18 and over
Seating NOT GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final.
All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $10 Advance/ $12 Day of Show/ $30 Reserved Boothhttps://www.samsburgerjoint.com/event/1462852/
Scrappy, with a genuine, lyrical voice, Matt Haeck sings truths hard-earned from struggles he has experienced first hand. In a voice and a style faintly reminiscent of his musical hero, Hank Williams Sr., Matt writes and sings about struggles in a way that is both transcendent and grounded. No Depression calls Late Bloomer ”an extraordinary album… one of the most articulate outings in recent memory”
The album, produced by David Mayfield features appearances from Critter Fuqua (Old Crow Medicine Show), Paul Defiglia (The Avett Brothers), Caitlin Rose, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Elizabeth Cook.
Of the live performance, Saving Country Music says, “Few can bring that level of enthusiasm while still holding on to their authenticity. This is not show; it’s a man possessed by the music.” The publication also chose Haeck as one of the top 5 takeaways from the Americana Music Festival in 2016, while AXS touted him as one of the five rising stars of the event.
The songs themselves evoke raw truth through personal confessions and imaginative characters. With a silky Southern drawl, he sings about depression, divorce, battling demons and vices.
On “Minnie Pearl”, Haeck found inspiration from Hank Williams Sr.’s (his greatest influence) notorious response to Pearl singing “I Saw The Light” during his drunken depression where he declared “There ain’t no light.” It’s a parallel to Haeck’s own experiences.
“Cotton Dress”, a duet with Caitlin Rose, showcases his knack for storytelling with the tale of a forbidden love unbound by the death of the female character’s father. Following the funeral, the couple find freedom in wedlock.
Matt Haeck is a natural at translating introspection into universal feelings. Songs like “Tennessee” find him struggling with the power of geography to ripen or kill intimacy while “Couldn’t Say Yes (Till I Learned To Say No)” shows him letting go of control to heal himself for the life and love he desires.
Later that year, Jason inked a deal with Words and Music Publishing in Nashville and immediately began writing a new body of work for a solo album. Jason retreated to Terlingua, an isolated ghost town on the Rio Grande border in West Texas’ big bend for inspiration.
Jason emerged in October with a stack of songs and headed back to Austin to visit with his old friend, Erik Deutsch who was in Austin for the night playing keys with Citizen Cope. After a meal, the party moved over to the bus where Cope’s manager Gary Waldman was picking a little parlor guitar and singing. It wasn’t long before Jason and Gary were trading songs well into the night.
The next day when the dust settled Gary was moved to call his old friend, Jim Scott. He had a hunch that the legendary producer would appreciate Jason’s talent for songwriting and that the two would hit it off. More importantly, he was confident they could make a great album together. The next day Jim and Jason met on the phone and Jason sent over a batch of demos. Jim loved the songs and they immediately pulled out the calendar.
The session came together in late December. They recruited an incredible band including JJ Johnson, Dave Monsey, Blake Mills and Dave Palmer recording 11 songs live off the floor. The band caught fire. The chemistry was palpable and the result will be released for your listening pleasure later in 2015.
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215