Mathewson Band

John was born on the 8th September and spent most of his life in the small Victorian town of Kyabram. 

John spent many years involved in sport (mainly football) singing only at parties, barbecues and around the camp-fire on camping trips before deciding to pursue a career in music.

John’s debut album “Forever and Always” was recorded at Birubi Recording Studio in Tongala and was released at Kyabram Club on October 23rd 1992. His second album “It’s A Long Road” was recorded at Greenwood Studio in Bendigo in 1994. The title track was co-written by John and Bendigo musician Chris DeAraugo. It was released at Kyabram Bocce Club on December 3rd 1994.

John has a deep voice (often described as smooth) but can just as easily sing in a higher range. John’s repertoire includes songs from old country classics by Jim Reeves, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton and Roger Miller, and the more modern country music artists Alan Jackson, George Strait, Randy Travis, Ricky Van Shelton as well as 50’s & 60’s rock and roll and songs by The Drifters, Delltones, Beatles, Creedance, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka etc.

He can also play a Pride Of Erin or Evening Three Step bracket for the older patrons.

John has had regular work at Moama Bowling Club, Shepparton Club, Shepparton R.S.L. Club, Mooroopna Golf Club, Bendigo R.S.L. Club, Wentworth Services Club, Barooga Sports Club, Cobram-Barooga Golf Club, Mathoura Bowling Club, Barham Services Club, Kyabram Club, as well as festivals, hoedowns, weddings etc.

John’s band “Top Shelf” have become well renowned for their ability as a backing band and have done the backing at many of the major shows at Mildura Country Music Festival for the last ten festivals. They have also done backing on many other concerts, Finley Festival in 1999 and Colac Festival in 2001, Moama Country Carnival 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

John was a judge of the Victorian Champions Of Champions at Mildura in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, & 2004.

John released his 3rd album “Now & Then” at Coomealla Club during Mildura Country Music Festival Sept 2000. One of the songs from the album “Three Rivers Hotel” recorded as a duet with J. R. Williams reached the final five in The Victorian Country Music Awards in February 2001.

John has a vibrant personality making it obvious to the audience that he enjoys himself while on stage.  His dress standard is impeccable and he sings a large variety of songs to appeal to all age groups.  Special requests are encouraged.  John is available as a three or four piece band for clubs, festivals, guest spots, weddings or private functions. He can also act as M.C at weddings.

In January 2006 John performed on the Train To Tamworth with Troy Cassar Daley and numerous other artists.

John has an A.B.N number and is registered for G.S.T. He has a page on the Australian Country Music and Comedy Site here

He can be contacted at his home address:
1 Pullar Street
Kyabram  3620
Ph: 03 5852 1447
Mobile 0418 372 447
Fax 03 5852 2909

In 2007 they appeared at Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon.

Pictured at Lake Charlegrark 2007 (photos by I Fisk)

John - lead guitar & main vocals
Rhett and Travis Mathewson
Rhett - rythym guitar & harmony vocals
Travis - bass guitar & harmony vocals

Melissa Pascoe was their drummer for their ACMC April 2008 appearance.