For a relatively young man, Matt Dunn has lived enough life for three people, which serves as a big portion of his credential as performer and songwriter. When your step-father is career military, you tend to move about every three years and Matt saw residence in several states including Virginia, Michigan, California, and Hawaii, which means young Matt had grown up on both coasts and beyond. Music came naturally and he found himself touring nationally with a Christian Rock band, and after a time he settled in Texas, where fate brought him into the acquaintance of Jack Ingram. Matt went to work for Ingram in a tech/personal assistant capacity and was exposed to a whole new realm of story-teller style songwriting. It wasn’t long before Matt’s penchant for writing and singing his own brand of Texas music shone brightly enough that Ingram encouraged him to pursue his own career as an artist…and pursue it he did. Matt Dunn has a well-earned reputation as one of the hardest working artist in the region, usually doing multiple shows a week, booking other acts for a notable venue, and constantly writing. He is an everyday “one-of-us” kind of guy, further evidenced by the fact that he, himself, joined the Army and did a tour of duty in Iraq a few years ago. His songs are about struggle, love, reflection, lessons learned from bruises and cuts of bad decisions and the glories of doing the right thing, of fathers, friends, and family, good times and bad, but always with a desperation to see hope in all. Matt Dunn gets his mail in Texas, but for a man who’d seen this country coast to coast and places abroad by the time he was in his twenties, the road is that place he most recognizes as home. The new CD is called Black Lines. And it should be in your play list. Real songs, a real voice, real life, no pretentiousness, and honest as hell. Catch a Matt Dunn show - you’ll see what I mean.
~ Jeff Hopson