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Axtons to perform at Cottonwood, rain or shine

Lake Tahoe Action

Matthew Axton performs Thursday at the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee.

During a cold, extended Tahoe spring, a sunny day would give folks a reason to sing “Joy to the World.

Acoustic Thursdays at the Cottonwood Restaurant is a summertime tradition. However, the weather hasn’t cooperated yet.

The proprietor is hoping to debut of the deck on Thursday, June 9, when a trio with a high-profile musical legacy is slated to perform.

Matthew Axton and his mother, Donna, will play – rain or shine – with Ed Platt from the band Out of the Blue. If it is too cold to be comfortable outside, the trio will perform inside.

Matthew’s father was Hoyt Axton, who penned many hit song, including “Joy to the World” and “Pusherman.” His grandmother was “Queen Mother of Nashville” Mae Boren Axton, who in 1956 with Tommy Durden wrote Elvis Presley’s first No. 1 song, “Heartbreak Hotel.”

A Tahoe City resident, Matthew Axton took naturally to music.

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“There was always singing around the house when he was growing up,” Donna Axton told Lake Tahoe Action earlier this spring. “Once he decided football was not his future, he focused on his music. He has his own style.”

Matthew Axton kept his songwriting output secretive until his late teens.

Then an impromptu concert for cousins coupled with a stint in a recording studio proved to Donna Axton while he was as vocally powerful as his father.

“He also had his own style and it was clear music was in his soul and it was an old soul at that,” Donna Axton said.