It all changed when on his eleventh birthday he asked for an electric guitar. His dad duly obliged and brought him a £25 'Kay' guitar complete with a bunch of old records acquired from a relative. Amongst those records was Smash Hits by Jimi Hendrix. This rekindled Matthew's interest in music and he has been playing ever since.
Matthews' inspiration has been drawn from iconic musicians such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Marc Bolan, and Joe Satriani. His first real venture into writing music was with his brother Darren, who plays piano and keyboards, delving into the world of instrumental rock. His colourful musical past led him into prior experimentations with funk, indie/rock and soul. His later band Positive Firefly was his first foray into the role of singer/guitarist.
With the determination to no longer be pigeonholed as such he left his role of a band member behind and emerged as a solo artist. However, these past experiences laid the foundations for his own unique fusion of folk, and blues rock to materialise. Passing Stranger, Matthews' first album as a solo artist, reveals the sound he was striving for from the beginning. Intermingled with the bluesy and gentle tones are the traditional sounds of world music, with a guest appearance from world renowned tabla player Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari. Namdhari has performed alongside one of Scott’s own figures of inspiration, Ry Cooder, and also the legendary Ravi Shankar.
The merging of these different musical cultures was a personal highlight for Matthews during the production of the album. The scope of the album is extensive - for instance, the track City Headache incorporates the warmth and vivacity of the accordion with a taste of French tradition. Black country Ivor Novello winning singer songwriter Scott Mathews returns with his fourth album “Home part 1’ released November 10th through Thirty Tigers on San Remo Records. Recorded at his very own custom made studio without the help of an engineer or producer, Scott’s goal was to write a set of songs that he would be able to reflect on in years to come, by making a more personal album than previous releases. Drawing upon his exceptional song writing and musical talents (he played acoustic and electric guitars, cello, piano, flute, flugelhorn and drums on the record) Scott has managed to produce eleven stunning tracks, including the beautiful first single ‘Sunlight’. ’Home part 1’ treads on familiar ground with the continuation of stories and characters from some of Scott’s previous songs. ‘Mona’ is a prequel to ‘Up on the Hill’ from his ‘Elsewhere’ album. ‘The Outsider’ has an ongoing theme, based around the character in ‘Passing Stranger’.
Scott has also recorded his debut full-length instrumental track ‘The Clearing’. Scott Matthews first made waves with in 2006 with his award winning debut ‘Passing Stranger’, which was followed by ‘Elsewhere’ (2009) and ‘What The Night Delivers’ (2011). Matthews has toured extensively including shows with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Foo Fighters and Snow Patrol. He has received plaudits from all corners including Q magazine who said he was “The most promising home-grown singer/songwriter to emerge in years”, and The Sun saying that ‘It’s no exaggeration to say Scott Matthews is probably the most exciting face of West Midlands Music since Robert Plant’ Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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