Born in Manchester on August 21st 1977, Matt Schofield grew up listening to the sounds of his Father’s collection of classic blues LPs. Already familiar with the music of Muddy Waters, Freddie, Albert and B.B. King, along with contemporary guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, he began fooling with the guitar around the age of 7, after his family had relocated to Gloucestershire.
However, after a brief spell with the bass guitar, the defining moment for Matt came at age 12 whilst visiting his Dad who had by now moved to Northern California. There he saw a video of B.B. King, Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan jamming together that blew his mind. It was unlike anything he’d witnessed before and the sheer power and virtuosity of these artists left a permanent impression.
Returning home Matt immediately formed a band with his schoolmates, and by age 13 had performed his first gig. Local gigging in and around Gloucestershire and Wiltshire followed including bands with Jonny Henderson, still organ player in Matt's trio, until at the age of 18 he started venturing to London with friend and fellow guitarist James Henderson to check out the blues jams. After finishing school and heading out for a lengthy stay in the U.S.A, taking in gigs and learning first hand at the feet of American blues greats, Matt returned to the UK and at age 19 moved to London to turn professional.
He was quickly welcomed into the tight knit London blues scene and immediately joined the Lee Sankey Group, recording the critically acclaimed 1997 debut album “My Day is Just Beginning” and it’s follow up - the live/studio EP “She’s Not Alone”. Matt played and toured with Lee for the next 4 years.
Always in demand, Matt found time along with countless one night pickup gigs, to be in as many as five different bands at once, including developing his ongoing association with current Nugene Records labelmate Ian Siegal, and his work the piano player Dino Baptiste. In 1999 Matt played on and co produced Dino’s debut album, and along side Dino and drummer Evan Jenkins, who currently holds the drum chair in Matt's own trio, he found himself as guitarist for British blues diva Dana Gillespie appearing on three of her albums and touring the world extensively including unique trips to India and the Caribbean.
His time in London with these bands proved to be a huge learning experience, opening up avenues to future ventures, and allowing Matt to develop his fluid and versatile style amid many different musical contexts. It also afforded him the chance to perform with many great international blues artists at festivals and concerts throughout the world. Personal highlights, to name just a few, include the privilege of opening shows for Robben Ford and Jimmie Vaughan - two other favourite musicians and vital influences for Matt.Read more