The most influential Blues-inspired guitarist to emerge from the UK in several generations, Schofield’s blend of blues, funk, rock and jazz has brought accolades from both sides of the Atlantic.
On hearing Schofield’s latest album “Ear To The Ground” the influential music critic at the Los Angeles Daily News said “In Schofield the UK has produced the best blues guitarist to emerge from any country in decades.”
With Jonny Henderson’s Hammond organ playing a key role alongside schofield’s guitar, the band has more in common with American acts such as The Allman Brothers and cult funksters, Soulive, than it does with any British band. Drummer Evan Jenkins also plays with the Neil Cowley Trio (winner of the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards Album of the Year).
In 2006, Matt Schofield gained the distinction of being one of only two living British artists to be given a maximum four star rating in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings. Guitar & Bass magazine placed Schofield in their TOP TEN ALL-TIME GREATEST BRITISH BLUESMEN review in March 07.
Born in August 1977 in Manchester, and celebrating his 30th birthday in August, Matt grew up in Fairford, Gloucestershire listening to his Dad’s American Blues records. A defining moment arrived when, aged 13, he saw a video of BB King, Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan jamming together. That set his course – he wanted to be a guitarist!
After completing his schooling at 18 he ventured to London to check out the scene. He was quickly recruited to several bands, which took him throughout Europe and as far afield as India and the Caribbean. During this time he got to back notable American players and to learn his craft.
The formation of his Trio dates to 2003. An opportunity to record a live set in a small club - of unrehearsed material, as it happens - led to their much acclaimed 2004 debut CD release (The Trio Live, Nugene Records NUG601), followed a year later by the first studio album (Siftin’ Thru Ashes, NUG501), another live cut (Live at The Jazz Café, NUG503) and 2007’s Ear To The Ground.