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Jay Matthes / Press

“Jay Matthes is a traditionalist. The singer-songwriter’s latest album, A Drier Place, is proudly no frills—a collection of mostly acoustic bluegrass and American songs recorded without any kind of studio trickery. That naturalistic approach puts the emphasis where it belongs: on Matthes’ sturdy, grainy voice. Even when guest musicians lend a little instrumental flair to the songs, his voice remains their focal point.”

“2016 Best Male Vocalist”

“2016 One to Watch”

Nashville Songwriters Association International

“One of the 11 local acts to check out at State Fair. The Americana artist is at ease with covers, campfire folk anthems, bluesy shuffle, and alternative country.”

“A real up and comer with a touch of old school twang and upstart new beats.”

“2016 Singer/Songwriter of the Year Nominee”

“Soulful country, impressive range...clever lyrics...ensnares audience with deft vocals.”

“Breezy, summery Midwestern vibrations”

“Entertaining as hell”

The Rave/Eagles Club

“Cascio Interstate Music's Band of the Month”

“Make no mistake, it takes a lot of hard work, passion and perseverance to be an Indie musician these days. Local singer-songwriter Jay Matthes is a perfect example of this.”

“2015 Singer/Songwriter of the Year Nominee”

“2015 WAMI CD Roulette Winner -- 'What Pretty Girls Do'”

Wisconsin Area Music Industry

“Matthes dressed up the song, titled "I Can't Wait for Christmas", with a sweet, sentimental Americana arrangement.”

“Great local music that I think you'll really dig”

Duncan McManus - FM 106.1

“A happier state of mind...a new relationship and a new collection of songs that would become his debut album, A Drier Place.”

“2014 Best Acoustic Musician Runner-Up. 2014 Best Male Vocalist Runner-Up.”

“2014 Solo Artist of the Year Nominee.”

88Nine RadioMilwaukee

“Long since those early talent show days, the Milwaukee-based Americana musician has dug himself out a nice place in the Milwaukee music scene.”

“Songs span from quietly emotive to warm Americana to surprisingly aggressive. His voice maintains a sturdy, sweetly soulful tone throughout.”

“He gets by on raw talent alone. A breath of fresh air for listeners of any type of music.”

“Matthes really stood out to me as an up and coming singer-songwriter and had an uncanny resemblance to Eric Church.”

"Top-tier local talent"

“His music is like a scrapbook for his life...lyrics that are authentic to a time and a place and to Matthes himself."”

Heather Krisman - NOW Newspapers

“Showcases his knowledge of songwriting that would be enough to make Paul McCartney give a left-handed thumbs up.”

Tyler Sonnenberg - The Racquet