Lost in Loretto
'Lost In Loretto may be the first LP Javier Matos has recorded with the Innocent Sons, but he's anything but a novice. The Minneapolis guitarist began playing dirty, bourbon-soaked blues professionally in 1996, and though he's recorded live albums and with various bands since (you may know Matos and The Innocent Sons-a.k.a. bassist Grant Wibben and drummer Page Burkum-by their old moniker, Hud), he's treating this full-length as a debut of sorts. The three men's shared aptitude for country, Western swing, and even rockabilly classifies them as anything but a straight blues act, and Lost In Loretto reflects that. Yet despite all that variety, the album is shaped by it's blues tracks, like opener "Springtime," a hypnotic Mississippi Hills blues drone akin to something by Junior Kimbrough or R.L. Burnside. Songs like the blistering "Just Can't Stay" with Cornbread Harris sitting in on piano, or "Robert Wilkins Redux," a blissfully dirty rearrangement of one of the Memphis guitarist's tunes, ratchet things up to a feverish hum. ("Redux" even comes with a Hammond B3 organ solo courtesy of Scott Legere.) In the few places where Javier and the boys get bogged down a bit and the energy is broken up by a tune too different to exist in the spinal fluid of Loretto's blues backbone, you still have to hand it to them for trying. Songs like the rockabilly throwback "Little Pony" or the well-crafted Mexican waltz "San Vicente" are impeccably put together and symptomatic of a band that's been gigging constantly and changing up styles to avoid boredom. The result is an album that never becomes boring.'- by Ian Power August 20, 2010- AV CLUB Javier Matos and the blues became buddies in 1978 when he discovered his father's record collection. 14 years later he dropped out of Theology School and began playing professionally in and around the Twin Cities. After a few years of late nights and hard luck he enlisted in the US Army. Eventually, the Army took him to Alaska, where he continued to play blues. It was in Anchorage that he was discovered by Storyville Records and signed with them in 1999. In May of 2000 he released his debut record worldwide entitled "Comin' Home" under the stage name Jake Matson. After his release from the U.S. Army, Javier moved to L.A. to form the Blue Shadows, who reopened the world 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 in August of 2002. The Blue Shadows eventually disbanded and Javier moved to San Francisco, forming a new band, HUD. In 2006, he again moved, this time back to his adopted home town of Minneapolis. In 2008, Javier enlisted the talents of Grant Wibben on upright bass and Page Burkum on drums to form his rhythm section. The band's first album together, recorded as Javier and the Innocent Sons and titled "Lost in Loretto" is available now. Also an accomplished songwriter, Rescue Records out of Pasadena, CA placed several of Javier's songs on national television in 2009.