We’re pleased to share the premiere for the new video from Norwegian-British singer-songwriter Krissy Matthews. ‘Grateful’ references many of the challenges everyday people face, from prejudice to financial hardship, before encouraging listeners to be thankful for what they have: “Some of us are hanging on // Most of us are fine // We still got to see // Quite a big piece of the sky.” Matthews picks and strums an engaging acoustic melody but when he goes electric and releases an urgent solo, he really displays his talent on the guitar. Equally melodic is Matthews’ smooth, clear vocal, which sounds effortless.
‘Grateful’ is taken from the forthcoming ‘Pizza Man Blues’, due out on 27th August. Head here to purchase the album. The new album is a reflection of the times and documents that moment when everything changed and the courses of people’s lives altered virtually overnight, sometimes forever. Matthews explains: “During the pandemic, we’ve all had to adapt to circumstances. I’ve been forced off the road, but I’ve tried to keep the engine alive, keep earning, not lose my passion. I’ve done so many jobs, like pizza and flower delivery driver and tree surgeon assistant. These songs are all about the experiences I’ve had.” Given the challenges we’ve faced over the last couple of years, this is an album that many listeners will find easy to relate to.
In a varied career so far, Matthews has played over 1,000 shows across Europe, China, Russia and the UK, sharing stages with the likes of Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Satriani, and Los Lobos, as well as headlining the Burg Herzberg festival in Germany in 2018. Krissy Matthews has certainly come a long way since he was invited to perform with John Mayall for two consecutive nights at Norway’s Notodden Blues Festival back he was just twelve years old. That sort of experience at a young age has a profound impact and Matthews’ heart was set on a musical career. Krissy Matthews has packed a lot into his short career. Check it out.