Krissy Matthews

Live at Freak Valley

(Proper Music)

A proper live album is what Matthews claims to deliver here, folks. As in, not ‘fixed’ in the studio later. In the past some performance recordings have had so many parts touched up or even replaced by engineers that they can hardly claim to be ‘Live’. Or ‘Dangerous’…I will say no Moore.

The group here is :Krissy Mathews gtr/vcl, Max Maxwell dr/vcl and Sam Weston on bs /vcl and the shows you hear here was in Germany – at Freak Valley and also Gerd’s Juke Joint, for the later cuts.

Feeling For The Blues bursts into action with pumping bass, crashing drums and slashes of guitar plus an impassioned vocal. Before a minute is up Matthews is off into a squealing and fluid guitar solo, from a cold start this is pretty impressive. There are ideas a-plenty and the group plays with tempo changes with skill. Harmonics splinter off the fretboard as if he can’t wait to get his store of licks out on display.

No stop and we are off into I’ve Been Searching with its greasy riffing ; All Night Long has swagger to it as it falls into gallop. Every now and again the twisting figures and stop-start elements put the listener in mind of the late Rory Gallagher, here. Searching For The Desert For The Blues is the Blind Willie McTell and just over a vocal he gets the crowd clapping and overall the tune is well-handled.

Language By Injection has Southern Rock vibes about it; The Soul Will Never Die is dedicated to B.B. King and he eases up on the lightning riffing to put some space between the guitar playing, which uses a bee-sting fuzz and delay to good effect.

Bad Boy is all thump and punch, as befits a festival I guess. Freedom is the Hendrix song and works quite well.

Hit The Rock starts the Club tracks and has funk drum intro before the stabbing song starts. A slick tempo change rolls us into Texas shuffle. Roadsick Blues pummels its way into life and betrays a liking for Zappa, I suspects it tumbles intro fast country rock. Final number Bubbles & The Seven Phones is about a deceased manager and takes its favourite track overall.

This trio gels extremely well, Matthews’ singing apes an American accent too often for this listener but so many acts fall into this trap. The guitar work is flashy and spirited, he so obviously lives to play. The material is varied enough and would work well in most live performance situations. He has made his point!

Pete Sargeant


'Krissy Matthews: Live At Freak Valley' is released on Friday 14th April 2017 on Proper Records.

It will be available in the following formats: CD, Download & Limited Edition Vinyl. 

You can pre-order the CD from Amazon UK Here:

For more information visit his official website here:

To support the release, Krissy Matthews Band will be embarking on a headline Spring 2017 UK Tour. The tour will stop at the following venues:

Krissy Matthews

Wednesday 29th March 2017 - The Bullingdon, Oxford, United Kingdom

Thursday 30th March 2017 - The Chambers, Folkestone, United Kingdom

Wednesday 19th April 2017 - The Fiddler's Elbow, Camden,  London, United Kingdom

Thursday 20th April 2017 - Tring Blues Bar, Tring, United Kingdom 

Friday 21st April 2017 - The Bear Club, Luton, United Kingdom

Saturday 22nd April 2017 - The Fleur De Lys, Didcot, United Kingdom

Sunday 23rd April 2017 - Black Market, Mansfield, United Kingdom

Monday 24th April 2017 - Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Thursday 27th April 2017 - The Arches, Coventry, United Kingdom