Interviewed by: Steven Hefter
@ The Hamilton
The Hamilton is a beautiful, fairly new club in DC. Mavis Staples inaugurated the club with the first show in January of 2011. It is a higher-end supper club, serving a full course menu of very good food at reasonable prices and great sushi. I can’t think of anything I don’t enjoy about this club – from the large semi-circular stage, to the separate levels for each successive row of tables, to the awesome oversized photos of various music legends on the walls, and my personal favorite – a fantastic sound system! Oh yes – and the very, very reasonable ticket prices.
On Saturday, January 26, 2013 I had the wonderful opportunity to catch The Matt Schofield Trio at The Hamilton.. Matt Schofield is an amazing, fairly young, blues guitarist from England. His style is deceivingly smooth, yet complex. Technically superior to most guitarist players I’ve seen in recent years, it is his obvious deep passion that drives his sound. He is vocally very strong and if you close your eyes, you’d never guess you were listening to an English “kid” laying down the blues.
Matt has eight albums. His most recent release, “Ten From The Road”, is an outstanding live album recorded during his 2011 UK tour. In the last three years alone he has been awarded the British Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year 2010 & 2011, Mojo Magazine Blues Album of the Year 2011, and British Blues Awards Album of the Year for Heads, Tails and Aces in 2010. I expect there to be many, many more awards for Mr. Schofield in the years to come.
Matt plays with a drummer and a keyboard player. The keyboard player, Jonny Henderson, also plays the pedal bass – and is incredible in his own right. At the 2010 British Blues Awards Jonny won the award for Best Keyboard Player.
That night I was also extremely fortunate to arrange a meeting with Matt backstage where he agreed to sit down for an interview.
Matt discussed his guitars, his signature series of amplifiers, and effects, as well as some of his writing strategies. Matt is very cool. He was more than willing to share his thoughts on a wide range of topics and made me feel relaxed and right at home talking to him.
I hope you enjoy the interview and find it informative as well as the video of “On My Way” from his 2005 album “Siftin’ Through Ashes” that I shot that night.
Matt Schofield– Guitar, vocals
Jonny Henderson–keyboard, pedal bass
Perry Morris– Drums (fill-in)
1. Wrapped Up In Love (original by Albert King)
2. Cookie Jar (“Ear To The Ground” 2007)
3. Ear To The Ground (“Ear To The Ground” 2007)
4. On My Way (“Siftin’ Thru Ashes” 2005 MS)
5. See Me Through (“Anything But Time” 2011)
6. Live Wire (“Heads, Tails, and Aces” 2009)
7. Don’t Know What I’d Do (“Anything But Time”2011)
8. People Say (original by The Meters)
9. Shipwrecked (“Anything But Time” 2011)
10. Where Do I Have To Stand (“Anything But Time” 2011)
11. Black Cat Bone (1st appearance of Matt’s version on “Live From The Archives” a Live 2007 radio broadcast on NPS in Holland released in 2010)
12. Once In A While (“Ear To The Ground” 2007)
13. (You Got) Evil On Your Mind (?)
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