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. The MN Blues Society has just selected Javier to represent Minnesota at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN this January.
“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
This will be a great show with Javier playing Blues backed by Charlie’s Combo