MILLVILLE, N.J. — If you’ve watched TV shows such as Pawn Stars, NY Ink, Burn Notice, The Voice and the STARZ network series Crash, you’ve already heard Matt Butler’s music.
The New York City-based musician and songwriter, who has been performing around the nation relentlessly for the past few years, has also had his music placed in the A&E Biography of Bruce Springsteen and as the theme song for the long-running A&E show American Pickers.
Butler’s song “Just One” was written and performed by the 30-year-old singer-songwriter for the 2016 documentary film Generation Found.
His new album, Reckless Son, includes 12 introspective, original songs written by Butler, who describes himself as a “folk artist, rock ’n’ roller, and storyteller.”
In today’s strange music business, musicians have to take hold of their own music, their own destiny, and that’s just what Butler is doing.
Once signed to Mercury Records (Island / Def Jam) with his band the Reckless Sons, Butler spent his 20s as an up-and-coming rocker, touring the United Kingdom, recording a single with Jeff Saltzman (The Killers), and appearing as the face of a John Varvatos “Star U.S.A.” ad campaign with Converse, as well in the pages of the New York Times, L.A. Times, Nylon, Vanity Fair and Spin.
As a solo artist, Butler has shared bills with Neil Young, Norah Jones, and Willie Nile, and has co-written songs with some of the best in today’s songwriting business. His influences range from Jason Isbell, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan to Nirvana, the Replacements and hardcore punk act Minor Threat.
“The first band I think I really loved was Nirvana,” Butler says during an April interview with SNJ Today, while he was in Cumberland County taping a TV show.
“And I got really into sort of those harder rock bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana and Pearl Jam. And then from that, very quickly I got into a lot of ’80s stuff and my favorite bands throughout high school were Fugazi and Minor…