KRISSY MATTHEWS OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY
It was 1995, Krissy was three years old, and his father Keith Matthews invited him up on stage to strum along to Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman”.
This is when the Krissy Matthews story started…
Now 24 years old, he keeps bursting from strength to strength in all aspects of his career from his live performances, guitar playing, vocal ability, song writing and reputation as being one of the most promising, individual and unique artists the 21st century has seen.
Krissy received his first electric guitar on his eighth birthday, and for the first two years, his father spent time teaching him songs from Hank Marvin and The Shadows song book. However, at the age of 11 he discovered the blues.
In August 2004 Krissy ended up backstage at a festival show in Norway for the “Godfather of British Blues”, Mr John Mayall. He ended up handing Mr Mayall a little demo, which included the Otis Rush classic “All Your Love”. John Mayall invited Krissy to sit in on that song on the encore. The first night went so well, that Krissy ended up performing two songs with him the following night, resulting in several national radio/TV and press interviews in Norway. The opening act on these two festival shows were the British Blues All Stars featuring Peter Green and Long John Bauldry. Krissy used the same amp as Peter Green. A pretty good milestone for someone of 12 years old.
Krissy went back to Norway in October 2004, where he appeared on “God Morgen Norge”, Norway’s national breakfast TV, did a radio session with Knut Reiersrud for “Blues Asylet” on NRK P2, and performed live on stage with Larry Burton (Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, Albert King) in the club “Muddy Waters”, centre of Oslo, which was filmed for national TV.
When Krissy got back to the UK, he started his first band Krissy’s Blues Boys. This was a four piece, with the extra guitar added by Keith Matthews. The band did several pub gigs to get the name around, with the odd festival and an appearance by Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake) sitting in at one of them. Krissy continued to build his name up locally.
Then about a year later, Keith Matthews went onto bass, forming a 3 piece power blues trio, and this was the line up to stay. The band used different drummers, but in July 2005 (Krissy was 13 years old), went onto record their first CD “Influences” in Timeless Studios with Mark Freeman on Drums and Keith Matthews on Bass.
This was to be sold just at gigs, but then in February 2006, Krissy got a licencing deal with Via Music in Norway, and the CD was renamed “Blues Boy” for a European release. During March 2006, Krissy was invited backstage to meet the King of the Blues BB King where he received advice on the industry and met one of his all-time heroes. Immediately after, Krissy went back to Norway for a press weekend to promote the CD. This included national breakfast show “God Morgen Norge” again and several radio and newspaper interviews such as “Dagbladet”, “Vaart Land” and “Aftenposten”.
Later that year, Krissy had a 7 page feature in the British national magazine “Blues Matters”, as well as several good reviews of the record across Europe and more concerts.
In February 2007 the band went off to Norway to record the second CD “No Age Limit”, in Juke Joint Studios, Notodden. This record features Keith Matthews on Bass, Freddy Schaal on Drums, Mike Smith on Keyboards, and two special guests Felix Peikli on Clarinet and Silje Hagen on Backing Vocals. This was released on CDBaby.com.
This was followed up by their first invite to perform at a European festival. A trip to France, where they performed the Blues Autour Du Zinc festival in Beauvais to a great response.
2 months later, in May 2007, Krissy was invited up by Jeff Healey to perform on stage with him, which sadly turned out to be his last ever two songs performed live in the U.K. Jeff Healey was one of Krissy’s favourite guitar players, and still is, so that was a huge highlight in Krissy’s career.
The CD was released in August 2007, and to celebrate that, the band did a 15 date tour of Scandinavia, which included playing Rockefeller, Oslo supporting Walter Trout, and going off for two nights in the Mojo Blues Bar, Copenhagen. That same year, the band also went off to Europe in October, to celebrate the release. This included 3 shows supporting Robben Ford, as well as 4 club dates in and around Belgium and Holland, with a support slot for Walter Trout in the U.K, where Krissy got up and jammed with him.
In April 2008, the band went off for their second tour of Europe, where they performed 15 shows in 15 days. Krissy quit school in May 2008, and has been a professional musician ever since.
Also, in September 2008, the band was invited to perform at the prestigious “Festa Avante” in Lisbon, Portugal. They performed on the second stage to 1000 people, and later the same night, Brazilian blues guitarist Nuno Mindelis invited Krissy to join him on the main stage for a song, where 20,000 people were in attendance. People loved Krissy and his band so much, they were invited back the following year to open up the main stage.
The next CD “Allen in Reverse” was recorded in January 2009 at M.A.R.S Studios with Keith Matthews on Bass, Chris Sharley on Drums, Mike Smith on Keyboards and special guest Holly Petrie on Backing Vocals.
During July 2009 Krissy got a phone call from Marshall Amplification inviting him to come and perform for the Marshall Class 5 Amplifier Launch Party at the famous Ronnie Scott’s in London supporting Joe Bonamassa. Of course the band did the gig, and from that received an invite to record for BBC Radio 2, and also had one of his songs on the “Classic Rock” magazine compilation CD, and “Total Guitar” featuring him in the “Bands to watch out for” section.
In September 2009 “Allen in Reverse” was released on Membran Records, Germany. It received great reviews, and was followed up by numerous shows around the UK and Europe. The famous “Jazzism” magazine in Netherlands said about the record…”A stunning example of innovative blues. Great promise for the future…”
By the age of 18, Krissy had recorded and released 3 albums.
November 20th, the band went to record a live session for BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones at BBC Maida Vale, which was aired February 2010, just before a string of UK shows.
2010 proved to be another busy year for the band. Miikey Dean Smith joined the band on the drum stool, just before the festival season started, giving the band an extra dimension, and Krissy had his first 15 date tour of Poland on his own with a Polish band, as well as several other fantastic gigs in Europe. The year ended with the recording of the 4th studio CD “Hit the Rock” in Oxford which was released late April 2011 on “Rock the Earth” records. The name was inspired from a near fatal van accident the band had in Norway a month prior to the recording, skidding in the ice of the snowy Norwegian mountains. “Classic Rock” said “Hit the Rock is a great record and a MUST for any blues enthusiast”.
2011 and 2012 was spent being very busy touring and promoting “Hit the Rock” all across Europe. This included the first 6 date tour of Spain where Krissy attracted 1200 people in Gandia for his own headline performance, and performed the famous Majorca Jazz Festival and Burlada Blues Festival with Miikey Dean Smith on Drums and Aaron Spiers on Bass. Other gigs included opening up for bands and artists such as Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gregg Allman, Beth Hart, Los Lobos, Ten Years After and TOTO, and sitting in with incredible artists such as Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac), Clem Clempson (Colosseum, Humble Pie), and Chris Farlowe. Dutch Guitar Magazine “Gitaarplus” featured Krissy on the front page, and had 5 pages inside about him. Several other magazines in this time had interviews and features on Krissy Matthews including Blues News Norway, Blues News Germany, Blues News Finland, Route 66 Spain and Blues in Britain and the new Classic Rock Blues magazine, including one of Krissy’s tracks on a compilation disc highlighting the best talent around today.
During 2013 Krissy carried on performing live shows, gaining lots of road and life experience and doing what he does best, but then went back into the studio to record his 5th studio album. He assembled a band who had never worked together before. A collaboration of musicians that Krissy liked, and wanted to merge together with all their different musical backgrounds. Paul Jobson on Keyboards, Aaron Spiers on Bass and Kevin Hickman on Drums, with special guest’s Nikki Loy and Keith Matthews. They went into Echo Studios, Buckingham to record this.
The legendary poet, song writer and producer Pete Brown was in the producer’s chair. Krissy had met Pete previously at a German festival in September 2012, where they developed a good relationship, thus, leading to writing and performing live shows together. Pete has co-written some of the most well-known rock songs in history including many of the hits for British Rock Band “Cream”. These include “Sunshine of Your Love, White Room and Politician” alongside the late Jack Bruce. Pete Brown has also co-written 11 songs on the record with Krissy. The album features 11 originals, and one Blind Willie McTell cover of “Searching the Desert for The Blues”.
While release for this was being sorted, Krissy continued performing shows across the UK and Europe and hired 18 year old Max Maxwell to be the full time drummer. This included a performance at the legendary amphitheatre in Loreley, Germany. This was for a one day rock festival, which had only one stage. The other acts that were on the bill included Joe Bonamassa and Joe Satriani. The band performed to 6,000 people there, and received lots of great feedback.
Summer 2014, Krissy signed a licencing deal with Proper Records, and the band played many other festivals and clubs, including appearances alongside Jimmie Vaughan and Steven Seagal.
The record which was recorded in 2013 with producer Pete Brown and engineer Jamie Masters, became entitled “Scenes from A Moving Window” and was released on March 2, 2015 on Promise Records (an imprint of Proper). Blues and Soul said “He sounds like Krissy Matthews with those licks, not a copycat”, whilst Classic Rock stated “Krissy Matthews writes, sings and plays guitar like a man possessed”.
September 2015, Hamburg Blues Band feat. Maggie Bell gave Krissy a call asking If he could join the band as a featured member, replacing previous guitarists Miller Anderson and Clem Clempson. Big shoes to follow, Krissy said yes. Since then, Krissy has been extremely busy touring with both bands.
2016 was a busy year for Krissy. For the first time in his career, he took a 5 piece band out for a European tour. This was Max Maxwell (Drums), Sam Weston (Bass), Colin Henney (Keys) and Kristel Morrison (Backing Vocals).
Summer 2016, Krissy did his first 15 date tour of China which was a great success. He also appeared at some fabulous European festivals including Freak Valley Rock (Germany), Zwarte Cross (Netherlands), Canal Street Jazz/Blues (Norway) and Silda Jazz (Norway). This culminated in them recording a live performance at Freak Valley Festival, Siegen, Germany on May 27 which is due for release Spring 2017 on Proper Records. This will be the band’s first live record. Included on the CD are three bonus tracks from a 5 piece show they performed in April 2016 at Gerds Juke Joint, Joldelund, Germany.
At this current time, Krissy is mainly touring with a trio. Max Maxwell is the full time drummer, and Keith Matthews and Sam Weston share bass duties.
To date Krissy has performed in 2 continents, and 21 different countries including England, Wales, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Switzerland and China.