The Blue Shadows

Throughout Rock n Roll history bands like The Blue Shadows have always been in the trenches protecting rich, American musical traditions with new methods and strategies.

Led by Javier Matos (the Doghouse Lords), veterans Bill Bateman and John Bazz (The Blasters, The Doghouse Lords) keep this war machine of music rolling with in one direction only … forward, but they definitely know where they are coming from.

Many of their musical heroes, such as Charlie Patton and Mississippi Fred McDowell, had no bands backing them.  Bateman and Bazz provide that heavy artillery and Matos takes the stage and delivers the message with confidence. 

The Blue Shadows are soulful, raw, powerful and in your face daring you to look back and forward at the same time.


The Doghouse Lords

It could be said that the Doghouse Lords’ music has the dark seriousness of a Johnny Cash ballad, the ferocity of a Cramps concert, the edgy, cutting vocals of a Mick Jagger blues and the rowdiness of a Wanda Jackson party…and in fact, those are all artists the members of the Doghouse Lords have played with before.
   After many years of long roads, fast nights and short fuses, Javier Matos (Blue Shadows), Chopper Franklin (Cramps, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes), John Bazz (Blasters, Marc Ford) and Bill Bateman (Blasters, Red Devils) have joined together to re-ignite the fury of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy and Canned Heat. They are joined by blues legend Gene Taylor on these raucous but soulful recordings.
   “And now for something completely different. Doghouse Lords is an LA based band that plays a mixture of Blues, Rock & Roll, Country and Rockabilly. Band members have played with such shining stars as Johnny Cash, Bo Diddley, Carl Perkins, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Willie Dixon. But you all know that name droppin’ will get you only so far. The music doesn’t simply pay homage to the genres represented on the CD…it adds to it. For a band with such a strong and impressive pedigree, it would be easy for them to phone in their work without taking chances or reaching for the more. But it’s clear that they’re doing some heavy lifting on this CD, and they’re still not afraid to get their hands dirty. And the blood, sweat and tears have paid off. Great music that’s well worth a listen.” Car Kulture Deluxe


A Murder Ballad from the Doghouse Lords debut album "Diggin' at the Doghouse" on Ratchet Blade Records. Visit for more... Javier 'Jake' Matos - vocs, banjo Chopper Franklin - guitar John Bazz - bass Bill Bateman - drums


The Doghouse Lords - Javier Matos (Blue Shadows), Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes), John Bazz (The Blasters, Marc Ford) and Bill Bateman (The Blasters, Red Devils) perform .44 Gun in the Cinetico Productions film "Cry Now" (2014), written and directed by Alberto Barboza. Visit for more info.