Matthew Robinson & The Jelly Kings

Matthew Robinson & The Jelly Kings

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandBluesBlues Rock

With a voice that can go from sweet as a lover's lips to stripping paint off a MoPac freight train at 20 paces, combined with a no retreat no surrender guitar style there is no more authentic Texas blues man than Matthew Robinson

Biography

With a voice that can go from
sweet as a lover's lips to stripping paint off a MoPac freight train at
20 paces, combined with a no retreat no surrender guitar style there is
no more authentic Texas blues man than Matthew Robinson

Matthew
Robinson, has been recognized by the 2016 Living Blues Critics and
Readers Poll Awards as 2016’s “Artist Deserving More Attention.”
 
Living
Blues magazine was founded in 1970 as the first blues magazine in the
United States and is today the premier blues publication in the world.
This is the 23rd incarnation of the annual Living Blues Critics and
Readers Poll Awards. Robinson is in stellar company appearing alongside
blues legends Buddy Guy, Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, and Allen Toussaint on
the 2016 Critics Poll list.
 
Born and bred in segregated Texas,
forced to pick cotton as a child, thrown out of his house at the point
of a gun by his father at age 12, Matthew Robinson found safety singing
in the St. James Baptist Church Choir in East Austin.  In 1964 he
started his first band as singer with The Mustangs, becoming popular on
the Austin college campus circuit.  The Mustangs released the first soul
45 ever recorded in Austin, “How do You Quit” b/w “Tender Loving
Care.”  Working behind the 45, the Mustangs were able to tour the U.S.
opening for Johnny Winter, Jimmy Reed, James Brown, Big Mama Thorton and
a host of others.
 
As the Mustangs eventually wound down,
Matthew continued in his own right, releasing four albums on various
labels including Austin blues specialists, Dialtone.  With Dialtone,
Robinson toured the world playing headline shows in Europe, South
America, and Japan until health and family issues took Robinson off the
radar.
 
In spring 2014 Robinson connected with singer-songwriter,
producer, and harmonica player, Steve Power.  Power brought in long
time cohorts Pete “The Beat” Langhans (Mother Truckers) on drums, former
Jonny Lang and Bernard Allison bassist, Jeff Hayes, and later, award
winning guitarist Joe Lee King, creating Robinson’s backing band, The
Jelly Kings. 
 
In the fall of 2014 Matthew Robinson and The Jelly
Kings recorded the critically acclaimed, “Work That Jelly”, for One Man
and His Dog Records, won The Heart of Texas Blues Challenge in 2015,
were the talk of Beale St representing Austin at the International Blues
Challenge in Memphis, and became a regular fixture at the legendary
Antone’s nightclub from the very beginning of its re-opening in early
2016.

Discography

Sting Like a Bee - 1991 - self release
On a Mission from Jake - 1997- self release
Somewhere in Texas EP - 2004 - self release
The Journey - 2006 -Javelin Records
Nothin' On The Radio EP - 2010 -Javelin Records

Several tracks from both "The Journey" and "Nothin' On The Radio" are getting play from both broadcast and internet radio around the world.

Set List

Sets are determined by venue and situation, anywhere from 1x30min to 3x45min. Below is a band set list for 1x90min with a balance of uptempo rockers and softer ballads. An acoustic solo list would of course be somewhat different.

Nothin' On The Radio
Somebody You Don't Know
Borderline Bar
Paradise
Running For The Border
Somewhere In Texas
DiMaggio
A Good Fool Is Hard To Find
Texas Bound
Blind Willie McTell