Young gun ready to rock Bluesfest
ALREADY a seasoned performer at 18, blues-rock musician Matthew Curry astonishes audiences with his blazing guitar style, original songs and soulful vocals.
Often described as a cross between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, the Chicago-based singer-guitarist is igniting the blues scene.
Blues Blast Magazine nominated Curry in 2011 for an unprecedented three awards: Best Debut CD, Sean Costello Rising Star, and Best Blues song.
Already inducted into the prestigious Brotherhood of the Guitar, Curry started playing guitar at the tender age of four and performed his first live gig just five years later.
Though this is his first trip to Australia, he is already an experienced performer having jammed with the likes of Tommy Castro, Bernard Allison, Bryan Lee and Ronnie Baker Brooks, not to mention opening for Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Sonny Landreth.
Bluesfest punters can expect a number of original songs from his two CDs Electric Religion and If I Don't Got You plus classic blues tunes performed in Curry's unique style: hot guitar and great grooves backed by a pro band.
"We're going to be bringing music from both the albums along with new, unrecorded and unreleased material," he said.
Explaining his music as a "release of emotion" that he cannot categorise, Curry said his version of electric blues would get the crowd dancing.
"We try to sponge off all genres and incorporate it into our music and, while blues is often associated with sadness, our music is just great, fun music to listen to."
Describing the Bluesfest line-up as "mind boggling", Curry said he was excited to share the stage with many of his heroes.
"I love playing the outdoor venues at rock'n'roll festivals," he said.
"There's definitely going to be some sightseeing for me to do."
While still only a teen, Curry said his age had been no barrier as he looked to forge a career in the music industry.
"Blues people are very accepting of a new generation trying to carry the torch," he said.
"It's the music I like to play. It's the music I feel and despite that the guys in my group are 10 years or older than me, I feel accepted."