A singer/songwriter with a warmly melancholic tone, Scott Fab initially came up through the Detroit hardcore punk scene in the 1980s playing drums for the band GCMS. Fab had transitioned into acoustic music by the early ’90s, emerging as a respected alt-folk tunesmith with a dark-hued introspective style. Over the next several years he became a fixture of the Detroit music scene and recorded a pair of independent EPs, the most prominent of which was 1997’s Lately. It was still the era of big label contracts, and Fab pursued demo deals with a handful of prominent record companies before moving away from the music industry in the early 2000s. A decade passed before he made a cautious return, quietly booking a handful of low-key shows and reestablishing his connection to Southeast Michigan’s music network. Working with longtime collaborators Cary Marsh and Gary Watts, Fab returned to Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor, where he and engineer Geoff Michael had made his last release nearly 20 years before. The resulting album, 2017’s understated Leave My Friends, was Fab’s first ever full-length release.
Michigan native Matt Jones is a talented singer/songwriter whose approach ranges from rootsy acoustic music to intelligent indie rock. Born in Adrian, Michigan in 1978, Jones began playing piano at the age of 8 and got hooked on classic ragtime; later, he played sousaphone in his high school’s band. As Jones took up guitar, he started writing his own songs and began making his way into the Southeast Michigan musical community after settling in Ypsilanti, Michigan, sharing stages and appearing on recordings by the likes of Kyle Norris and Chris Bathgate. Jones made his recording debut in 2005 with the EP Right to Arms, credited to Matt Jones & the Reconstruction (the band’s name stems from Jones’ passion for Civil War history). In 2009, Jones released his first full-length album, an eclectic and carefully orchestrated piece entitled The Black Path. The album was critically well-received, but Jones has said dealing with the adulation of his peers was difficult, and led to a period while he fell into alcohol abuse. In 2010, Jones was in an auto accident while intoxicated; the experience forced him to get a better handle on his attitudes about music and life. Jones’ next effort, 2012’s Half Poison, Half Pure, was a literate but more musically upbeat effort that added greater traditional rock elements to the tunes while still maintaining his artful approach to both lyrics and melody. In 2013, he dropped a digital single, The Darkest Things, which was followed in 2014 by Lesser Birds, a live-in-the-studio session that featured 16 songs from throughout his career. Jones has also collaborated frequently with Misty Lyn Bergeron, of the group Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful, drumming in her band and employing her to sing in his. In October 2014, he released his third LP, the haunting, civil war-inspired The Deep Enders.