The musical trajectory of Matthew Austin Hunt was probably set for him when he was only 7. His grandfather, a Los Angeles recording artist in the late 1940’s, bought him his first guitar, and he was hooked.
As a musician, his influences are vast. From the records his father played (like Jerry Jeff, Willie, and Merle, in addition to artists like CCR, Bill Withers, and Stevie Wonder) to crooners of his grandfather’s era like Perry Como, Bing Crosby, and Johnny Mathis, Hunt draws from a deep well of long-established classics. His own, more primary influences as a songwriter include the likes of Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, and The Turnpike Troubadours.
Hunt is a graduate of Texas A&M, where he played in the Fighting Texas Aggie Band. And since then, although life has taken him down the winding roads of marriage, parenthood, and corporate work, music has always been there in the background, waiting for the right moment to peek into the sunlight.
That moment is now.
Hunt is presently finishing up his debut full-length album. Taking a plainspoken look at love, heartache, loss, addiction, and patriotism, the as-yet untitled work is sure to set him on a course of music taking its place center-stage in the artist’s life. Matthew is preparing to perform in a variety of configurations (solo acoustic, duo acoustic, and full band) across the Houston area and beyond.
The first singles, “Bye London Bye” and “American Made,” are set to release this Winter/Spring, with the full album to follow. Stay tuned for more from this Americana crooner…he’s just getting started!
Produced by Derek Hames
Recorded & Mixed by John Shelton
Edited by Derek Hames & Konstantin Korotaev
Mastered by John Moran
All Songs Recorded & Mixed at Edgewater Studios (Sugar Land, TX)
Matthew Austin Hunt: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Derek Hames: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Hammond Organ, Mandolin, Background Vocals
John Shelton: Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Isaias Gil: Drums
Mark Riddell: Bass Guitar
Chris Ardoin: Drums
Ellen Story: Fiddle, Background Vocals
Jimmy Moreland: Piano
Kelvin McClendon: Rhodes