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The Civil War influenced this Ypsilanti singer/songwriter's new album

Nov 19, 2014

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Matt Jones is a singer/songwriter from Ypsilanti. He’s also a big Civil War nerd. The Civil War inspired many of the songs on his latest album, called "The Deep Enders."

Today on Stateside, Matt Jones on how the history of the Civil War influences his work.

Tune in at 3 p.m. to hear Jones on the show.

One big influence, he notes, is the relationship between Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson. When General Jackson died in 1863, General Lee was forced to think about how he was going to fill that hole in his life. Jones’ song, "Bountymen," explores this theme of losing someone or something and not knowing how you’re going to replace it.

"The Darkest Things," another song from "The Deep Enders," was the first song Jones wrote for the album.

Jones says this song stems as much from his own personal struggles as well as the Civil War.

“It really did allow me to write the rest of the songs on the album,” he says. “When I started writing it, I was just really, really, kind of bummed out.”

Writing the song, however, turned Jones’ mood around and inspired him to write the rest of what would become "The Deep Enders."

Matt also performed his songs, "The Friends I'm Thinking Of" and "The Darkest Things" in our "Songs from Studio East" segment.