From Prison Yards to a Headline Tour: The Journey Behind ‘Who Killed Matt Maeson’


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“Darling, can’t you see I’m a broken man with addictive tendencies? And I think I love you.” are the opening lines to Matt Maeson’s “Tribulation,” as he opens up about a journey of both love and loss. Maeson’s entire debut EP, Who Killed Matt Maeson, contains sharp words that hit to the core with an alternative backdrop powerful vocals. 

As striking as his vocal talent, the story of Matt Maeson is a tale of reckless parents, prison yard concerts, and a headlining tour that sets the emerging artist apart from others of his stature: it’s a tale of authenticity and true emotional investment in his craft.

Stemming from a small Virginian town along the Chesapeake Bay, Maeson spent a great deal of his youth traveling between prison yards where his parents ran a ministry and played shows for maximum security inmates. “Matt spent years on the road to prisons and biker rallies: he played songs about salvation in front of strippers and Hell’s Angels at Sturgis, one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the world,” says the biography on his site.

As he grew older, Maeson began to experiment in vices that set him on a dark path; he got into some trouble along the way which eventually led him back to drugs. In fact, by the time he was playing with his parents, he was already deep in the line of fire. What sounds like the beginning of the end for Matt Maeson has turned into something far more inspiring. “I was mad all the time,” he said. “People in my life were condemning me, and not with compassion. Not this is wrong, and we love you. It was this is wrong, and don’t ever come back.”

Despite the harsh consequences, Maeson persisted with his musical endeavors. He triumphed on his U.S. headlining tour last year, produced by an artist-focused organization called Communion, which happens to backed by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. In March, he also performed at SXSW.

All of his tracks seem to ignite a sense of raw emotion, and that shined through even more so live. The alternative instrumentation lends itself to a sense of comfortable familiarity, while Maeson consistently unloads his deepest personal experiences to a captivated audience. It’s this authentic transparency that makes Maeson appealing: a pure connection between an artist and his audience. 

Take a listen to Who Killed Matt Maeson, released via Neon Gold & Atlantic Records, as we hope for more live dates in the near future.