Eureka native Matt Jordan focuses on writing country songs that Midwesterners can relate to.
Country music often focuses on Southern life and has shifted to a decidedly pop sound, Jordan said Tuesday. Saint Louis live. Jordan, influenced by Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, offers a different sound.
“To me, country music is just story songs,” he said. “I think if Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp came out today, they would be considered country artists. Their kind has kind of disappeared.
After a three-year stint in Nashville as a professional songwriter, Jordan returned to St. Louis with his wife, Jenna, to start a family and a cybersecurity business. Instead of trying to perfect catchy pop choruses for others, he said he found he preferred to sing his own country-rock songs.
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“I really kept writing a lot,” he said. “But it was more writing for my sound and trying to figure out what my sound was, not trying to write what was commercial or what was on the radio at the time.”
In 2019, Jordan sold his business to pursue country music full-time in St. Louis. Although he has two toddlers and a 3-month-old at home, his wife is fully supportive.
“She’s a good dream partner,” he said. “When I’m not sure about a song, I send it to him and ask his opinion.”
The coronavirus pandemic has hampered Jordan’s ability to play live shows, but it has given him more time to write songs and work on his digital presence as an independent artist. In 2020, he released a single almost every six weeks.
Last month he released his first single of 2022, “Heart of the Heartland.”
A prolific writer, Jordan writes hundreds of songs a year and said he’s looking forward to returning to Nashville for studio recording and resuming live performances – but only once his new baby starts sleeping through the day. night.
Jordan will perform at the Duck Room in Blueberry Hill this Friday.
What: Matt Jordan opens for Jordan Suter and The High Road
When: 7 p.m. on March 4
Where: Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room
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