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EJ Mathews

December 27, 2022 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
EJ Mathews

Leek Creek, Texas, on the Louisiana line – if that doesn’t already sound like a song,

singer-songwriter EJ Mathews is here to assure you otherwise. He’s been performing original

tunes about it since about the time he was born there, in what he calls the Creek, near Bivins in

Cass County, far East Texas. His grandfather was a musician in Georgia, and he and other

family members taught him songs and instruments from a young age. Listening to EJ play is like

hearing his life story. He describes the details, like those famous Texan blue skies, to the

delicious Southern food on the table. Stories of growing up. What it took to find fuel when you’re

a 12-year-old with a truck. You can almost feel the warm wind blowing through the trees.

Of course, life in rural communities doesn’t often present many fresh opportunities, and when

jobs in the Creek were scarce, like scores of musicians before him, the promise of better

opportunity led EJ to the big city – Dallas. He went to school, got married, raised a family. But

the stage is never far off, and he’s traveled the world playing his songs to the folks that’ll listen –

and you can bet they always do.

EJ has a comfortable, humorous attitude that draws you in, whether you came to hear him or

not. He says he likes all kinds of music if it’s good, and honestly, “it ain’t even gotta be that

good.” Influences range from the obligatory Howlin’ Wolf to Iron Maiden and Papa Roach, and

one song even references Kenny Chesney. “I like the creativity of it, seeing how someone’s

mind works, how they put their songs together.” This ear for reverse-engineering music presents

itself perfectly in his ability to craft songs on the spot, which he’ll often do from the stage. He’s

won bets this way. His fourth record, Smokin’ and Drankin’, came out on State Fair Records in

July, and it’s the perfect representation of that laid-back, cool style that’s all EJ. One thing

remains true – songwriting is his true love. “I’m a writer, I don’t do covers.” He’s telling you his

story, and you can bet it’s one you wanna hear. And if you can’t help but shake your hips a little,

well, that’s EJ working his magic.

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December 27, 2022
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm


The Saxon Pub 2022
1320 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704 United States