Matt Schofield: Telluride Blues & Brews pre-show in Mountain Village 9/16

Matt Schofield: Telluride Blues & Brews pre-show in Mountain Village 9/16

[click “Play” for Susan’s conversation with Matt Schofield]

Matt19(small) copy British blues guitarist Matt Schofield is on his way to the Telluride region for a FREE Telluride Blues & Brews pre-show, with still a few months left to go on a tour that brought him across the pond in June. The not-to-be-missed concert takes place Thursday, June 16, 5 – 7 p.m., Sunset Plaza, Mountain Village. Schofield’s set on Friday, opens the Blues & Brews weekend.

Matt Schofield may not be a household name in the U.S –  yet – but the musician is clearly on his way. Over a relatively short career, Schofield’s prowess as a stringbender has taken him to 12 countries; seen him play with iconic guitarists such as Robben Ford; and brought him high praise in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings as one of only two living British artists in recording history to gain the top four-star rating. “In Schofield, the UK has produced the best blues guitarist from any country in decades,”  raved the LA Daily News.

Schofield may not be in a league of his own, but he is certainly in good company. Guitar & Bass Magazine rates him among Ten Top British Blues Guitarists of All Time, which puts Schofield alongside the iconic Eric Clapton and Peter Green.

Schofield’s distinctive style, blues fused with rock and funky jazz, reflects his influence by the jazzy elegance of Telluride Blues & Brews headliner B.B. King,and the gritty electric blues stylings of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Born in Manchester, England in 1977,  Schofield fell in love with the blues from a young age listening to his dad’s extensive record collection. A professional guitarist from age 18., Schofield began his recording career as a sideman, initially with bandleader and harp player Lee Sankey. He then spent four years with British Blues Diva/David Bowie prodigy Dana Gillespie, touring the UK, Europe, and India. About seven years ago, Schofield formed his own band, The Matt Schofield Trio.

To learn more, click the “play” button and listen to Schofield’s interview.

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