Javier and the blues became buddies in 1978 when he discovered his father's record collection. He has been playing blues professionally since 1992.  

In 1999 he signed to Storyville Records and released Comin Home internationally under the surname Jake Matson. Later that year, Javier met Bill Bateman (Blasters, Red Devils, Cramps) and moved to Los Angeles.

While living in Los Angeles Javier and Bill teamed up with John Bazz, also of The Blasters, and reformed The Blue Shadows who reopened the famous King King in Hollywood, California. They were voted best blues band by the L.A City Rock news and featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine as major contributors to blues music in the Los Angeles area.

After meeting Chopper Franklin (Cramps, Heathen Apostles) they formed the Doghouse Lords which was featured in the film, Cry Now and placed several songs on television shows like Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad.

Javier & the Innocent Sons are a powerful early Chicago Blues Band from Minneapolis.  Javier & the Wayback are a prewar trio that perform primarily acoustically in the early country blues tradition. 



Music featured on the hit shows Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights, 2013

Performed in the feature length film, Cry Now by Alberto Barboza, 2014

Cover of Billboard Magazine, 2002

Best Blues Band, Anchorage Alaska, 1999

Best Blues Band, Los Angeles, CA, 2002

Born to Ramble, best self produced Blues CD out in Minneapolis 2015


Bo Diddly

Otis Rush

The Blasters

Lucinda Williams

RL Burnside

The Cactus Blossoms

Sean Costello

Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders

Phil Alvin

Johnny Rivers


Javier & The Innocent Sons- Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica   www.javiermatosmusic.com

The Doghouse Lords- Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica  www.doghouselords.com

The Blue Shadows- Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica

Javier & the Way Back www.javiermatosmusic.com


"Every so often a guitar player comes out of nowhere to knock you off your feet...Javier Matos is such a player. He can play bottleneck slide blues like he was born with a National guitar in his hands. He has a confident solid vocal talent to boot, packing a solid punch behind his fierce guitar attack." Tim Sheridan~All Music Guide


"In a time when blues is defined by a boring tendency for slick or overzealous distortion, Matos isn't afraid to keep it real and make it bleed." Ian Power~MN Daily


"Clear, powerful, soulful, mature, menacing, uproarious and infernal"

James Norton~ Heavytable.com