EACH CHORD

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

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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.

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