The Albert Collins classic played by Matt Schofield at the Jakarta Blues Festival, 2011.
…is regarded as one of the most distinctive and innovative British blues guitarists, and has been rated in the top ten of British blues guitarists by Guitar & Bass Magazine. Schofield’s prowess has taken his band to twelve countries; seen him playing with musicians including Buddy Guy and Robben Ford, and brought a note in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings as one of only two living British artists to gain the maximum four-star rating. In addition, he has been admitted to the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame.
Matt Schofield is often likened to guitar playing that Robben Ford performs in its melodic and fluid style, and jazzy lines.
Official website: mattschofield.com
2004: The Trio, Live
2005: Live at the Jazz Café
2005: Siftin’ Thru’ Ashes
2007: Ear to the Ground
2009: Heads, Tails & Aces
2010: Live From The Archive
2011: Anything But Time
2012: Ten From The Road
2014: Far As I Can See
Blues is a musical genre known as the folklore of African-American musicians. Its origins are associated with the southern states of the USA, that is the region conventionally called the “deep south”. The very name of the genre (sadness, despair) is related to its nostalgic form, also in the textual layer. Blues pieces touch male-female relationships as well as feelings and emotions (love, loneliness, faithfulness, jealousy). However, blues performers often sing about freedom, work and travel. The songs also feature social criticism relating mainly to racial inequality and political issues.
Many artists are inspired by blues music and combine it with other styles. In this way, such musical mergers as punk blues, soul blues or blues rock. The popularity of this genre in the USA has led to the emergence of regional varieties, such as Louisiana, New Orleans, Texas and Detroit blues. There are also factions characteristic of other countries – British blues and African blues.