Matthew’s Brazilian/Flamenco/classical sound was enhanced at Berklee College of Music, University of Arizona and a brief stint at New England Conservatory. Matthew’s playing is notable because of his ability to play bass lines, rhythm guitar and percussive accents all at the same time. In the spirit of Michael Hedges and Jose Feliciano, Matthew is uncommonly formidable on the guitar. It is a routine occurrence for several people in the audience to come up after Matthew’s show and ask where the drum machine/backing tracks were hiding. In Matthew’s case, it’s all natural rhythm and playing ability. With a velvet voice and fierce guitar chops, it wasn’t long before Matthew’s music had been featured on C.B.S., N.P.R. and The Sci-Fi Channel. This was an excellent beginning for a singer who is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, but there were bigger things on the horizon. When Matthew posted a song (“Sweet Celine”) that he wrote for his newborn daughter on YouTube, it garnered over five hundred thousand views in the first five days. Offers for recording deals soon followed. Matthew signed a publishing deal with Editions Raoul Breton (co-owned by CNN/Time On Line’s Entertainer of the Century: Charles Aznavour) in Paris. This alliance has made Matthew a growing star in Europe with performances in Paris, Cannes and Switzerland, and in legendary venues such as the Theater Du Chatelet.
I See Hawks In L.A. is an alternative country group from Los Angeles, California founded in 1999 by Rob Waller and brothers Paul and Anthony. Their music incorporates the traditional elements of country music, vocal harmonies and traditional instruments including acoustic guitar and fiddle. Their 2001 debut album, I See Hawks In L.A., (featuring ex-Dave Alvin and Dwight Yoakum fiddle player Brantley Kearns) made the Alternative Country Chart and led them to perform regularly in country music clubs in California, joined by ex-Strawberry Alarm Clock and Hank Thompson bassist Paul Marshall and Dwight Yoakam’s drummer Shawn Nourse. With this core line-up now established they went on to record six more albums and tour more widely, including a 2006 tour of the US and Europe with Tony Gilkyson (Eliza’s brother) and another European tour in 2008. They have since opened shows for Lucinda Williams and Chris Hillman, the former Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers musician who played on I See Hawks in L.A.’s third album along with a number of respected country music session musicians such as Rick Shea, Tommy Funderburk, Cody Bryant and Danny McGough. The band continues to play regularly and has become one of the best-known country music acts in Southern California.