Matt Schofield

Matt Schofield


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25.00 - $30.00

This event is all ages

Matt Schofield
Matt Schofield
Though he holds a British passport and is an inductee of the British Blues Hall of Fame, Matt Schofield has been making his mark globally as one of the top players in the new class of six string wunderkinds.

The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, ‘ In Schofield, the UK has produced the best Blues guitarist from any country in decades… head and shoulders above the herd’, while Guitar & Bass Magazine rated him in the top ten British blues guitarists of all time ranking him with icons Eric Clapton and Peter Green.

Born in the industrial city of Manchester and raised amongst the rolling hills and locked in time Cotswolds, Schofield began playing guitar at the age of 12.

“My dad relocated to America, but before he left he gave me a BB King video. I watched it before school every day; it was three or four tracks from a concert. Later, when I was in California with my father, he showed me BB King with Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan on video”.

“It was like; I've got to do this. There's something about the way the three of them were jamming. B.B. really was majestic. As an 11-or 12-year-old watching him, I was mesmerized but didn't think there was any way I could ever do that. It was too special. But when I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan playing with him, I thought maybe I could. Stevie made it seem accessible to people. I taught myself, working my way through my Dad’s great blues record collection. I did my first gig age 13, and I’ve been doing it ever since”.

At age 18 Matt left the countryside and moved to London. There, as a sideman, he was able to hone his skills by backing a great variety of experienced and well known artists of the British Blues scene, visiting American artists, as well start touring internationally. The introspective, well read (lover of science, history and philosophy) and passionate Schofield said, “this enabled me to stay close to my roots while learning my trade and exploring a variety of musical frontiers.”

“By age 25 I was starting to explore my own band projects. Although my formative guitar influences are the largely the old school blues players, I never wanted my own music to be constrained by a rigid formula, or even genre. I just want to play ‘Matt Schofield music’. Classic Jazz, funk, soul and rock and all the music I love have all found their way into it. The process of writing and singing has become increasingly important to me, and I feel it’s those other aspects of creativity that helped define my own voice guitar. It’s always been important to find a context for the guitar to be part of, so that it’s not just guitar solos for their own sake.

“I remain a music lover first and foremost. The recognition I’ve received from both fans and peers is humbling and inspiring, and those ‘pinch me’ moments where I found myself trading licks with heroes like Robben Ford and Buddy Guy are still the biggest thrill.”

“Now after five studio albums and a solid 10 years of touring with my own band, I have definite broader concepts I want to explore. Remaining open to where the music might take me while maintaining the excitement that improvising and collaborating with talented musicians allow is key to me. My inspiration and goals came from many places: My influences old and new, including musicians I have wanted to collaborate with for years. Things I still feel I hadn't fully realized on previous studio records, and a need to keep pushing myself. It all meets at the place where I'm heading now. I’m always aiming to go as far as possible to capturing the same connection with the listener that I aim to make at a live show on record. That’s the goal. Capturing that special moment.”
Lender are a groove oriented rock band, producing songs that will make you want to move a little while listening to the thoughtful lyrics and infectious grooves. The sound is rooted in the rhythm section, which not only holds everything down, but also provides color and shape to the songs, allowing the guitar, saxophone and vocals total freedom of expression. They take advantage of it in a wonderful way.

Lender’s second release, Dad Rock For Moms, makes you feel good, like you have been transported to the beach; but not the clichéd tropical beach, always sunny and warm, and not because life is full of only big waves, bikinis, and cold beer. The beach Lender evokes is more like the northern California beaches near their home: sometimes sunny, often not, but always moody and somehow spiritual. The lyrics make you feel good not because they tell of always getting the girl, or of always knowing what you want and getting it, but because we can be happy in the mysteries and vagaries of life. In Not That Smooth, the band displays its cohesion over an exhilarating groove, while singing about not getting the girl due to losing his nerve, and being not that smooth Take Your Time rolls in like a sudden rain storm on our northern California beach, dark clouds appear from nowhere, obscure the light, but a mesmerizing calm comes with the rain, and then it is gone as suddenly as it appeared. I Don’t Mind envelops the listener with another intoxicating bass line while the other players serve the ethereal feel and message of the song. No Floor is complex and well composed, the guitar a perfect representation of the lyrics after he sings “there’s no floor” the band erupts in a dark descending jam which finally resolves back into bright riff which is the theme of the song.

In total the five songs on Dad Rock For Moms offer a glimpse of the abilities of this band to pair strong grooves and expert musicianship with intelligent lyrics that are not just for Moms.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941