Krissy Matthews backstory
The British-Norwegian blues throwback has bounced back in style after lockdown temporarily derailed a seemingly unstoppable rise.
Described as ‘one of the most promising artists on the blues-rock scene’ by Cream lyricist Pete Brown, Matthews has been active as a guitarist from childhood.
He’s honed his craft, learning from and performing with top-tier talent like B.B. King.
As Howlin’ Wolf’s sideman, Hubert Sumlin, put it: “Oh boy, this kid can play…”
Matthews has built a burgeoning solo career fronting the Krissy Matthews Band.
And for the last seven years he’s been a full-time member of legendary German outfit Hamburg Blues Band — performing alongside Chris Farlowe, Arthur Brown and Maggie Bell.
The Krissy Matthews Band’s live show — featuring Felix Dehmel on drums and Josh Rigal on bass — continues to garner critical acclaim.
The band has performed thousands of shows across the world, sharing the stage with Toto, Graveyard, Joe Bonamassa, Gregg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Beth Hart and Joe Satriani.
Matthews signed to legendary German label Ruf Records last year and released his last album, Pizza Man Blues, written during lockdown.
In Krissy Matthews’ own words
“Mayday is a song I wrote about the situation today in our planet.
“This is a letter from Planet Earth to the Human Race asking for us to change our ways.
“Our grandchildren and their children need to have a planet to live on, thrive on and enjoy.
“The music video that accompanies this song is clips from us playing it in the studio and trying to capture the vibe of how much fun we had in the studio making this song.”
The verdict on Mayday
This is ferocious, affecting, bullish blues rock in the vein of classic Sabbath.
In fact, stick an Ozzy vocal on top of a blistering riff, and Mayday takes you back to metal’s mid 70s heyday.
Matthews might not be the Prince Of Darkness.
His tone’s far too clean and far from disarming.
But he knows how to deliver a doom-laden message with genuine emotional thrust.
Mayday peddles a foreboding narrative that’s sure to resonate with like-minded souls.
And yet there’s a joyous optimism about the fabulously on-point fretwork.
It’s that juxtaposition between the musically light and lyrically dark that elevates this surprising twist in the tale of Matthews’ creative journey.
Sure, the bedroom-shot video doesn’t do justice to a biting track.
But don’t let three blokes who look like they’ve just got out of bed detract from a blistering blast of brilliant heavy blues.
What’s next for Krissy Matthews
One of the rising stars of the British blues rock scene plays Temperance, in Leamington Spa, tonight.
Catch him tomorrow at Coulsdon’s Tuesday Night Music Club.
And Matthews is back in action next month when he hits The Bullingdon in Oxford on December 21.