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Matt Southon / Press

“Matt Southon is a name that alot of Darwin people now know after his fantastic, real bone grinding blues performance. Matt delivered some of the best blues playing and story telling the audience had ever experienced. Matt is one of the best blues players around with his original take of the blues.. ”

Josh Thomas - Director Darwin Blues Festival

"Matt Southon plays the blues the way it is meant to be played, with passion..Matt is the real thing."

Geoff Bell-Director of the Australian Blues Music Festival

"Matt Southon conjures up the spirits of the past in his genuine shows, there ain't too many bluesman around like this anymore...." -

Dallas Frasca

“Hmmmmmm....Matty Southon, what can I say? DIRTY!”

Hat Fitz

“The rough and tumble way he plays the roofing steel bodied guitar is counterpoised by his passionate vocals and intelligent songwriting. He plays in the style of the itinerant singer/songwriter of yore – heart felt acoustic blues with an added Australian bent. ”

Anthony Moulay - Bay FM Byron Bay, Australian Blues & Roots airplay chart

“Darwin Blues Festival 2012 Cairns Blues Festival 2012 Gumball Music Festival 2012 Gulgong Folk Festival 2012 ”


“Woodford Folk Festival 2011 Darwin Blues Festival 2011 Beechmont Blues Stomp 2011 Village Blues Festival 2011 Goulburn Blues Festival 2011”


“Great Southern Blues Festival 2010 Goulburn Blues Festival 2010 Candelo Music Festival 2008 Newcastle Blues Festival 2008 ”


"The true power of music is when it's stripped of its commercial ties and cross-marketing and simply becomes a raw cry from the soul....Matt is proof"

Lloyd Spiegel

"With a guttural, barbed-wire, wail and a guitar style crafted from dirt and the sticky mess of a hundred bar room floors, Hollerin Matty Southon strangles life into the blues – the death-rattle serving as percussion for his raucous take on a music which sometimes needs to be reminded of its true roots – this is that reminder."

SAM FELL - Rolling Stone/Rhythms/Inpress/Drum Media/Mess+Noise/Australian Guitar/Tsunami