Jon Matheson - Biography For Halifax based musician Jon Matheson the music bug bit early thanks to a mother with a connection on her side of the family to a Maritime fiddling legend, a lead guitarist for an uncle and a father who plays and builds acoustic guitars. Jon Matheson's love of music at an early age saw him listening to artists like The Beatles, Elvis Presley and folk/rock singer-songwriter John Mellencamp. At age sixteen while in Ontario, Jon crossed over the railroad tracks, entered an old music store and saw a Stratocaster guitar he fell in love with. He saved enough money from his summer job at a local appliance factory to purchase his first guitar and amp, this experience is a perfect example of Jon's whole approach to life, 'I think if you earn something yourself it holds more value and means more'. Looking back, Jon finds some humor in the past,' who would ever think I would credit putting together hot dog makers with my first guitar'. With first guitar in hand and his dad teaching him his first few chords Jon Matheson strummed away perfecting the popular songs of the day, 'Every Rose Has It's Thorn' by Poison, 'Wanted Dead or Alive' by Bon Jovi and the classic Led Zeppelin tune 'Stairway To Heaven'. Years were spent as a guitarist with numerous bands perfecting his craft and with enough experience and confidence developed his own ideas which would lead the way from simply a guitarist to one of singer-songwriter. A solo career would follow after feeling he had gone as far as he could go playing with cover bands and simply wanting to perform his own material, 'my biggest high is getting to take my own music to people'. Jon's music deals with the themes of loss, love, hope, heartbreak and the overall human and life experience. Jon launched his debut full length CD effort earlier this year simply entitled 'Jon Matheson' an eleven song project. The CD, recorded and produced by Jon himself in his home studio at a budget of under a thousand dollars is another example of how Jon's determination to get something done will not let anything stand in the way. In Jon's own words, 'I'm not a recording engineer by any means at all but going into a full studio wasn't an option for me based on finances so there was only one other option... do it myself!' 2004 looks to be busy year for Jon Matheson as he teams up with Kentville, Nova Scotia's 'Wilson Marketing & Promotions' and 'High Notes Publicity' to actively promote his music to national media and audiences.
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