Matthew E. White won’t knock you off your feet with the sonic intensity of his music, but there’s a stillness, a pensiveness about it that will instantly catch your attention. It’s not difficult to see why he’s opening for She & Him this Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl — his warm, tempered, husky whispers might just as easily be mistaken for those of M. Ward.

White is a man of many talents: guitarist, producer, entrepreneur. In 2011 the Virginia native founded his own label, Spacebomb Records, on which he released his debut solo effort, the critically lauded Big Inner. Not one to be pigeonholed, White is also often found collaborating with the likes of Sharon van Etten and The Mountain Goats, cementing a folk pedigree that is indeed well traversed and deeply rooted.

Big Inner

What makes White so intriguing, though, is the blend of jazz within his folk tunes. Jazz. Folk. So now you might be thinking his machination of Americana lies near Delta Blues on the spectrum but there is no Robert Johnson or Muddy Waters to be found; White’s jazz inflections of horns and free ramblings are more akin to the bebop and avant-garde genres of the ’50s and ’60s.

In addition to headliner She & Him, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell will also perform. Tickets are still available, so be sure to catch White this Sunday because after the Bowl, he will be headed to Europe for a handful of dates.

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