Matt Butler is a folk artist, a rock’n roller, and a storyteller. Weaving personal experience with a timeless style, Butler brings honesty and openness to his classic approach to songwriting.
Matt Butler first gained notoriety as the lead singer of the New York based band Reckless Sons, who released two Eps, the latter with legendary record producer David Kahne (Lana Del Ray, The Strokes, Sublime, Paul McCartney).
Parting with the punk and garage rock of his past, Butler’s heart and voice have found a new home in the world of Americana. In late 2015, he stepped into Degraw Sound, A Brooklyn studio owned and operated by long time friend and colleague Ben Rice (The Mooney Suzuki, The Skins, Blackbells). Although forever indebted to his songwriting heroes Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, this trip to the studio saw Butler draw inspiration from contemporary artists like Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Ryan Adams. What resulted was Reckless Son, a poignant confession of Butler’s struggle with alcoholism and addiction and his inspiring path to recovery. Rich and masterful storytelling makes a listen through the record a journey of its own. Moreover, Butler was able to pull together a community around his message and crowdfund the entire project through a successful Pledge Music Campaign. Butler’s band on the record included Josh Lattanzi (Norah Jones, The Candles, Lemonheads, Ben Kweller) Greg Wieczorek (Norah Jones, The Autumn Defense, Joseph Arthur), Wes Hutchinson (The Candles, Lenka, Hugo), and Kurt Thum (Zak Smith).
Reckless Son was released to critical acclaim on Sept. 9th, 2016. Immediately following the release, Butler wrote and performed ‘Just One’, the original song for the feature length and nationally distributed documentary Generation Found. The film portrays the devastating effect the current drug and opiate epidemic has had on adolescents in and around Houston, TX, and the unprecedented way in which the community has rallied to support them.
During his relatively short professional career, Butler signed a development deal with Mercury Records (Island Def Jam), toured the United Kingdom (including main stage appearance at the Brighton Beachdown Festival), was a featured performer for TEDx San Francisco, recorded a single with Jeff Saltzman (The Killers), appeared in The LA Times, Nylon, Vanity Fair, Spin Magazine, and New York Times, as well as being the face of John Varvatos STAR USA ad campaign with Converse. As a solo artist, he has shared bills with the likes of Neil Young, Norah Jones, and Willie Nile.
A gifted singer/songwriter on the rise, he has co-writes with Angelo Petraglia (Kings Of Leon), Bobby Huff (Shinedown), Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly), Scott Stevens (The Exies), Mike Viola (Candy Butchers) and Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace).
Songs of Butler’s have been licensed to numerous films and television shows including American Pickers (Main theme song), NBC’s The Voice, A&E’s Biography of Bruce Springsteen, Pawn Stars, NY Ink, STARZ Network series Crash, Ax Men and Burn Notice.