Released in 1998, Jeff's debut album began as a project based on his solo performances. By adding the solid rhythm section of Jesse Wickman on drums and Paul Hunt on bass, it began to take it's eventual shape as an acoustic folk-rock presentation. Rounded out by guests like Rick Hatfield on harmonica, Ed Neff on mandolin, and Ryan Ramirez on keyboards, the result was a powerful and well-received introduction to an exciting new artist. 'This record has a very authentic sound...the focus is on Mattison's reedy voice, as well as his lyrics and acoustic guitar-based tunes...an excellent band helps elevate the record above standard coffeehouse fare while creating a very live, in the living room sort of feel.' -Section M, The Magazine of the North Bay Music Scene Several outstanding songs from the album clearly show how successful the approach was. Whether it's the driving guitar and harmonica of Last Calvaryman, with it's gospel-themed apocalyptic folk sound, the yearning in the loneliness of Brand New Day, the pointed and politicized social observations of Emma's Blues and Singin' in the Rain, or the updated rendition of the slave spiritual in Auction Block Blues, Jeff's catchy yet literate songwriting invites listeners to both shake a leg and use their minds.