Matt Johnson (drummer)

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Matt Johnson (born November 6, 1970) is an American drummer who played in the band of Jeff Buckley, appearing and co-writing one song on his album Grace[1] in 1994, as well as on subsequent live releases and EPs. Although he stopped playing with Buckley before recording began on what was to become the singer's final original album (released posthumously as Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk), Johnson shares writing credits for one of its tracks.

Matt Johnson has also performed and recorded with Duncan Sheik,[1] Elysian Fields, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Gabriel Kahane,[2] Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips, Beth Orton, David Poe, and Theo Eastwind. Johnson is currently collaborating with Sheik and fellow musician/songwriters David Poe, Morgan Taylor and Fil Krohnengold on an as-yet unnamed band project. Artist/drummer Matt Johnson has stepped away from the drum lift to record and release the solo project "Cagefighter". It's a moody and graceful collection of Matt Johnson original music, including the piece "Together We Say". Johnson is also expected to release more solo material.

Matt Johnson has appeared in many live performances and toured with American indie musician St. Vincent from 2011 to 2015.

The authentic styled drummer is also a member of the Australian singer-songwriter duo Angus & Julia Stone, with which he performed around the year 2011. When the duo split apart for a time to work on solo-projects, Matt Johnson accompanied Angus Stone on his solo-tour.[3][dead link]

Matt Johnson has released his second solo album, titled Law of the Land. Here is a multi-faceted artist with a unique voice as can be heard in the well-rounded emotion of "Dying Breed" and the kicking tempo of "Break You Down". The smiling chagrin of "Those Shoes" is nicely counter-balanced by the resigned sorrow of "Low Soft Refrain." Again, Johnson is expected to release more solo material.


  1. ^ a b "Duncan Sheik Remembers Jeff Buckley On New Record". MTV. 3 September 1998. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Chinen, Nate (19 September 2011). "A New Album by Mick Jagger and Friends". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  3. ^ See for full biography

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