Bain Mattox + Jordan Chassan + Todd Martin at Jammin’ Java

Wednesday November 9 $8 7:30PM pop/rock

The band Bain Mattox – led by the charming front-man of the same name – inspires devotion. It’s a devotion shared by thousands of fans across the Southeast, a devotion that can be traced to a simple image: a television.

This year finds Bain Mattox exactly where they want to be – holding an album’s worth of radio-ready songs to be recorded in early 2005, and winners of awards across the board: “Best Rock Band” and “Best Singer-Songwriter” in Athens, Ga’s Flagpole Music Awards, “Best Front-Man” in The 2004 Atlanta Music Guide Music Awards, and Citizens’ Choice for “Best Singer-Songwriter” and “Best Instrumentalist” in Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta 2004.

Somewhere between the intense, rapid-strumming style and infectious personality of Matt Nathanson and the unique pedal effects of Howie Day you’ll find Todd Martin. The Philadelphia-based singer-songwriterÔø?s broad range of influences including David Gray, Rockwell Church, Damien Rice and Ryan Adams, have inspired him to make music that overflows with the passion that words alone can’t convey. Though Jordan Chassan got his start as a bandleader in the New York underground movement of the 70s, and has recorded for both Atlantic and Polydor Records, it is with his newest record Ôø?East of Bristol, West of KnoxvilleÔø? on the new indie label Strong Recordings that Chassan really comes in to his own with a stripped down yet totally unique and compelling style.

Ôø?Possibly the best under-the-radar album of the year.Ôø? –Guitar World Acoustic, Oct/Nov. 2005

Ôø?Ôø?the world might be a better place if everyone listened to East of Bristol, West of Knoxville at least once a dayÔø?Ôø? –The Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2005