It’s been a busy week! ETA has three acts touring Europe simultaneously; Joe Satriani, Matt Schofield and the Tedeschi Trucks Band! But no rest for the weary, because the touring never ends… Check out the band pages for the details of their schedules!
Though he holds a British passport and is an inductee of the British Blues Hall of Fame, Matt Schofield has been making his mark globally as one of the top players in the new class of six string wunderkinds.
The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, ‘ In Schofield, the UK has produced the best Blues guitarist from any country in decades… head and shoulders above the herd’, while Guitar & Bass Magazine rated him in the top ten British blues guitarists of all time ranking him with icons Eric Clapton and Peter Green.
Born in the industrial city of Manchester and raised amongst the rolling hills and locked in time Cotswolds, Schofield began playing guitar at the age of 12.
“My dad relocated to America, but before he left he gave me a BB King video. I watched it before school every day; it was three or four tracks from a concert. Later, when I was in California with my father, he showed me BB King with Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan on video”.
“It was like; I’ve got to do this. There’s something about the way the three of them were jamming. B.B. really was majestic. As an 11-or 12-year-old watching him, I was mesmerized but didn’t think there was any way I could ever do that. It was too special. But when I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan playing with him, I thought maybe I could. Stevie made it seem accessible to people. I taught myself, working my way through my Dad’s great blues record collection. I did my first gig age 13, and I’ve been doing it ever since”.
At age 18 Matt left the countryside and moved to London. There, as a sideman, he was able to hone his skills by backing a great variety of experienced and well known artists of the British Blues scene, visiting American artists, as well start touring internationally. The introspective, well read (lover of science, history and philosophy) and passionate Schofield said, “this enabled me to stay close to my roots while learning my trade and exploring a variety of musical frontiers.”
“By age 25 I was starting to explore my own band projects. Although my formative guitar influences are the largely the old school blues players, I never wanted my own music to be constrained by a rigid formula, or even genre. I just want to play ‘Matt Schofield music’. Classic Jazz, funk, soul and rock and all the music I love have all found their way into it. The process of writing and singing has become increasingly important to me, and I feel it’s those other aspects of creativity that helped define my own voice guitar. It’s always been important to find a context for the guitar to be part of, so that it’s not just guitar solos for their own sake.
“I remain a music lover first and foremost. The recognition I’ve received from both fans and peers is humbling and inspiring, and those ‘pinch me’ moments where I found myself trading licks with heroes like Robben Ford and Buddy Guy are still the biggest thrill.”
“Now after five studio albums and a solid 10 years of touring with my own band, I have definite broader concepts I want to explore. Remaining open to where the music might take me while maintaining the excitement that improvising and collaborating with talented musicians allow is key to me. My inspiration and goals came from many places: My influences old and new, including musicians I have wanted to collaborate with for years. Things I still feel I hadn’t fully realized on previous studio records, and a need to keep pushing myself. It all meets at the place where I’m heading now. I’m always aiming to go as far as possible to capturing the same connection with the listener that I aim to make at a live show on record. That’s the goal. Capturing that special moment.”
Matt is signed to the Mascot Label Group, which is home to some of the world’s most respected guitarists.
It is with a heavy heart that we report that a true Legend has left us all. B.B. King passed away last night. He was one of the most influential guitarist the world has ever seen and will be deeply missed and remembered. Here is a lovely photo of Matt […]
Read all about it! The Nottingham Post (UK) interviewed three time British Blues Guitarist of the Year, Matt Schofield, recently. The article doesn’t come out in the papers until Tuesday Nov 11th, but we’ve got the link for your reading pleasure!
Matt Schofield is returning to the NYC area on October 21st to play the BB King Blues Club. If you are a true blues and rock fan and haven’t caught him yet, you better check it out or you’ll be sorry you missed it.
Actor James Wood traveled to see Matt this weekend at his sold-out performance a Chan’s in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Wood is an avid guitar collector, a fan of Matts’ and friends with Eddie Van Halen whom he said is also a Matt fan. After the show he insisted on buying […]
A “Veel geluk!” [good luck!] out to Matt, who will be playing at the Chicago Social Club in Amsterdam tonight for the Mijke & Co radio show. Not that he needs it…
Here’s a great pic of The Matt Schofield Trio and Wayne at the Wanee Festival this past weekend. They tore it up on stage and the fans loved every minute of it!
Matt is already hanging out in sunny Florida after an awesome show in Boca on Sunday. Next up is a show in St. Petes on Friday and the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, along with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, over the weekend.
Matt is playing with the Matt Schofield Trio the next four nights in a row in the midAtlantic area. First up is the Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis tonight, followed by a gig at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, PA tomorrow, then a stop off in Richmond […]
Matt Schofield played with his Trio at The Ridgefield Playhouse, in Ridgefield Connecticut last night. Feeling a little under the weather, Matt put on an amazing show as always! He impressed the crowd with not only his singing and playing skills, but his ability to make his guitar sing the blues. He […]
The Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut, in collaboration with Matt Schofield, is offering an extremely unique opportunity to attend a one hour Guitar Master class prior to Matt’s performance on the March 13th! To learn more and to purchase tickets to the class or performance visit Ridgefield Playhouse website.
Check out this pic of Matt visiting “Big Boy Bloater” and Team Rock Radio on Matt’s Twitter page.
Ok, so it’s not the Blues Chart, but it’s pretty darn cool that Matt Schofield’s new album just broke into the UK Indie Album Top 40 chart at #33 this week!