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Duke City’s Matt Jones is the real deal

Local singer/songwriter The Real Matt Jones has a smooth croon.
Local singer/songwriter The Real Matt Jones has a smooth croon.
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First things first.

When trying to decide whether or not to catch The Real Matt Jones’ set next week, don’t spend any time trying to find out whether or not any “fake” Matt Jones exist. An internet search would reveal that several musicians with this same moniker do exist, and that’s precisely why the Albuquerque singer/songwriter had to take action.

“I was in a rock band in high school and college and when that faded out, I was just going by ‘Matt Jones’ and I was trying to find a website that would work for me,” Jones recently told the Journal. “Mattjones.com was taken, mattjonesmusic.com was taken, even mattjones.us. So a guy I recorded with in Australia said, ‘Why not just go by the Real Matt Jones, and I thought, ‘That’s kind of fun.’ ”

The Real Matt Jones
With the Asectic Junkies
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23
WHERE: Cowgirl, 319 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe
HOW MUCH: No cover

With that out of the way, chances are that if you appreciate glistening pop music, the type that’s soothing upon first listen, then you’ll want to spend some time researching Jones, whose humble beginnings in the Duke City began when he was 16 and hungry to play rock music.

He and his high school bandmates formed Boss Ordinance and played their first gig at the now-defunct House of Bands venue next to the Hiland Theater. Boss Ordinance played through its members’ high school years, and even into college, but the band eventually fizzled, leaving Jones to decide his fate.

“I spent about a year trying to get out of the band phase, so I wrote some songs and recorded them with a guy I met at Texas Christian University,” Jones said. “Soon I had enough songs for a full record, and soon after that, I was selling enough CDs that in July of 2005 I went out on the road during the time MySpace was big. I found some coffee shops in Texas and booked a tour, and that model worked well for me.”

Soon, Jones had a manager, a booking agent and had begun sharpening his songwriting skills, not to mention his smooth-as-butter croon, one that quickly envelopes the ears.

“I love it when people say that my music affects them,” Jones said. “It’s the most important thing to me.”

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