Fr. Justin Mathews | Confessing Between The Lines

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Confessing Between The Lines

by Fr. Justin Mathews

Indie folk and passion, beautiful but worn, Justin Mathews may be just what you have been listening for...
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Lauds
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2. the collection
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3. peaceful
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4. path to salvation
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5. nathanial miles
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6. see paradise
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7. eight a dime
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8. striving
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9. confessing between the lines
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10. punctuate the peace
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4:20 $0.99
11. lovers of truth
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12. liturgy
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13. hem
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Album Notes
Like a dry creek reveals stones tossed with a wish or without a care some long afternoon, Fr. Justin Mathews music uncovers the worn and beautiful moments of a pilgrim's life.

With well crafted songs and singable melodies, Fr. Justin's music will pull at your voice like a southern Gospel anthem begging you to join in. With the indisputable depth of folk and the energy and warmth of roots-rock Fr. Justin Mathews may be just what you've been listening for.

Fr. Justin's last release entitled "Confessing Between the Lines", has been described by Peter Jon Gillquist as "one of the best folk albums produced by an Orthodox Christian in our time".

Fr. Justin is an Orthodox priest in addition to an artist, producer and retreat leader. He resides with his wife, Jodi, and their three sons, Elias, Asher and Hayden in TN.

Fr. Justin is available for concerts nationally. For more information please visit or email him at



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Kathy Pigford

Inspiring, vocally soothing, & fresh. Lyrics give food for thought

Bernhard Kolbe

Love the sound - hear the message - fell the commitment to the faith.
I have eclectic tastes, and appreciate folk music when the voice is well suited to the music. I find the sentiments faithful and real to the gospel of grace. Being a liberal with deep mystical leanings and love of Mary, the saints, and the sacraments, this CD nourishes the personal ties to the devine while reminding the christian about service.

Sandra Bryant

Love the cd. Hope he does more soon.
My daughter brought the cd home after hearing Justin live at Friends University in Wichita, KS. I bought one for my husband, a Navy CDR stationed in Quatar until Feb. 06. and also one for myself. This feels like we are less seperated when sharing our orthodoxy.

Oksana Willower

Started out strange but the rest was upbeat and powerful
The CD started out a little strange but got my attention. I wasn't sure if I was listening to a chant or a folk song but it made me curious enough to want to listen more. I wasn't disappointed. The music was inspirational and upbeat and had so many wonderful and powerful messages. Thanks to my friend for giving it as a gift, I will now pass it along!

Monks of New Skete

A word of gratitude for the CD “confessing between the lines”
I’d like to send you a word of gratitude for the CD “confessing between the lines”... It’s been making the rounds here at the monastery. It’s not a genre I normally listen to, but I must say I was engaged from the first cut. I really liked it. The intricate blend of vocal and instrumental with spiritual sophistication in the lyrics is very appealing and refreshingly inspiring. I was especially moved by the last piece. I admit a prejudice for Georgian folk and sacred music, so the subtlety of its suggestion is a masterful touch.

God bless you in your work ... it’s a hit at New Skete.

In the love of Christ,
Monks of New Skete

Peter Jon Gillquist

You may have heard him as the lead singer of Nashville-based “Many Waters” in the mid-‘90s. Or you may have caught him on tour before that under his nickname “Fuzzy.” But chances are unless you frequent Kansas or Pennsylvania, you haven’t caught the recent concerts showcasing the new tunes of Orthodox folk-rock artist Justin Mathews.

Confessing between the Lines is the first full-length release by Mathews since his conversion to Orthodoxy in 1998. While his previous CDs were more along the lines of the CCM rock genre, his new disc features a more acoustic folk-rock sound. Lyrically, the content is thoroughly “Orthodox,” though you will find few songs actually arguing dogma or doctrine.

The disc opens with the familiar vesperal psalm “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm150) sung in a heartfelt Byzantine plea over a guitar-strum ison. Immediately following this appropriate and prayerful intro, Mathews kicks into an energetic picking pattern and a song about his contacts with various homeless souls in Nashville (The Collection). Next is an upbeat, bass-drums-guitar tune about a seeker with a calm and peaceful vibe (Peaceful).

Throughout the album, Mathews shows his diverse writing capabilities by addressing issues ranging from homelessness and his personal spiritual struggles to the very vibrant relationship he enjoys with his wife. Similarly, he demonstrates his musical skill by offering memorable stand-out guitar melodies that make simple folk tunes great.

Perhaps the apex of the album comes at track 11, “Lovers of Truth,” when a driving, muffled guitar strum is joined by tight drums and a traveling bass line. The arrangement opens the door for the following chorus to challenge listeners to action:
It might be down to us now!
We’ve got to try and live this out.
It might not start a revolution
but if it’s only a spark
it still starts with me and you!

All in all, Confessing between the Lines reflects the sound of musical giants like Dave Matthews, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Lisa Loeb. Butwhile Mathews borrows from many, he copies none. This is a fully original work, each song refreshingly new and challenging. And unlike many folk CDs, there is a notable variety of both instrumentation and tempo.

If you like creative writing and great guitar work, don’t be like the national radio gurus who have somehow overlooked this musical artpiece. Pick up a copy today!

Kalyn - Denver, CO

touching music...
This cd has touched me in many ways. Justin is inspirational, and sincere through his music. It is the kind of cd that calms the soul and moves the spirit...

Maria Gallos

Singing in my car
Justin's CD has been a great encouragement to me, both in my ministry and in my spiritual life. The great part is that you can really get into the music, and even sing along if you like! I was recently singing along to the song "Lovers of Truth" in my car with the windows rolled down. I pulled up to a stop light and was belting out the verse that goes "Hey, you, always dreamed of painting icons..." The passenger in the pick-up truck next to me kind of leaned out the window and turned around to look at me. Not sure if he thought I was talking to him, thought I was crazy, or if he was enjoying the music, but I guess the bottom line is that something got his attention - which is part of the spirit of the song. This whole CD will grab your attention, not only with it's driving melodies, but also with the contemplative "small, still" songs. Congratulations to Justin on this great CD, and I hope we get to hear more of his inspired work!