Matthew Curry’s music displays a maturity that belies his young age but there is a lot of hard work behind his authentic blues sound
Matthew Curry can’t remember when his life didn’t revolve around the guitar. While his father strummed on an old acoustic, a four-year old Curry would lie in bed and listen, mesmerised.
Soon after, his parents bought him his first “cheap Walmart” guitar.
“I was never big about school, I always wanted a guitar in my hands,” Curry recalls.
The 18-year-old blues phenomenon was attracted to the old-school sounds of ZZ Top, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix and BB King.
For Curry, it was blues music “from day one”.
“For me it’s a release of any type of emotions you have. It’s something that flows through you,” he says.
“When I play the guitar – me and the guitar are one. You don’t have to tell someone about your problems. When you start playing, it all comes out.”
He has a gravelly voice to rival authentic blues icons and shreds on the guitar.
Having soaked up as many influences as possible, Curry says his remarkable talents come from “practising, listening and playing”.
“I don’t think anyone will ever be the best,” he says.
“I love everything about playing and touring. I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.”
Set to make his Australian debut at Byron Bay Bluesfest this month, Curry can’t wait to play alongside “the cream of the crop”.
“I am really looking forward to Gov’t Mule – I’ve been into them since I was quite young,” he says.
“It would be so good to meet Jeff Beck and John Mayer. They are huge.”
With two albums Electric Religion and If I Don’t Got You under his belt, Curry hopes his band makes an impression.
“I want people to be really impressed with our show, and really take something from it,” he says. Curry plays Bluesfest on Sunday April 20 and Monday April 21. Byron Bay Bluesfest plays at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm from April 17-21.