Javier & The Innocent Sons

This potent quartet from Minneapolis plays timeless barrel-house roots music that is projected from the contemporary perspective of songwriter Javier Matos.  Javier grew up listening to the early blues patriarchs on his father’s record player with his ears glued to the speakers.  This music struck him to the core, and Blues has been his passion ever since.  After a 20 year career took him from coast to coast, he settled in Minneapolis and formed The Innocent Sons.  They are Grant Wibben on upright bass and Twin Cities music veterans Dan Schwalbe and Dave Larson on guitar and drums respectively.  In 2010 they released their first record, titled “Lost in Loretto"

Javier & The Wayback

Javier & the Way Back are a tree whose branches quiver with their roots.  American Roots ... Black sooted roots embedded in red clay wrought with iron, blood and optimism.  Their music strikes to the marrow of the American experience and in a whisper screams, "there is no future without a past!"  An evening with this band will take you on a musical journey across the American Landscape and will remind you that the imagery, music and diverse cultures this country and it's music built are thriving today.
Javier Matos leads with vocals, guitar and harmonica.  Michael Carvale on Upright Bass.  Grant Wibben on Drums.


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 http://www.doghouselords.com 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 http://vincentandluzy.com for more info.