Matthew James and the Rust Belt Union

Saturday June 23, 2018

3:45 PM


Sounds of the worked and tired, blue collar and swollen hands over broken homes and poverty. American music reminiscent of the 1970’s country and blues bands with stories from the hard life sewn into the smooth and sometimes chaotic melodies. A raw, lamenting howl driven by thunderous drums marching to the upright bass and soothed again by the moans and cries of a pedal steel. We like to call it Midwest Junk Soul.

Matthew James is a singer songwriter from the dirty mitten, Michigan. He has been howling in microphones since 2000 and recording hand made lo-fi junk since 2006 with the formation of The Back Home in Michigan Band. He spent a few years touring with Rickett Pass, rambling around the country and has settled in Des Moines to produce his next full length album. "Impromptu Musicals for the Skeptic"