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"Singer-songwriter Crys Matthews' new album A Lesson Learned sounds like how a glass of iced tea tastes: familiar, comfortable and refreshing..."
““I think no matter how old or young you are, every human being relates to love and loss,” Matthews said. “They are the two hardest things to articulate, but I do pretty well with a guitar in my hand.””
““Some of those things just get in your fiber,” said Matthews, “and it’s kind of hard when you’re writing songs not to have your fiber come out.” These geographical influences along with her personal taste have cobbled together a surprising and uncommon musical style.”
“Matthews’ work is fun, current, deep, and sure to explode in popularity. Catch her before everyone becomes a fan!”
“Mark Freed adds, “ Crys has won a couple of Regional Artist Project grants from the Watauga Arts Council... She is just starting to break out with her music, performing at venues and festivals across the country. I really think she has a promising career ahead of her.””
“Crys Matthews is referred to most often as a blues performer but also fuses jazz, funk, folk and Americana sounds to form her own eclectic blend of soul music.”
“This year OUT/LOUD will feature some returning guests as well. Matthews, a native of North Carolina, was featured in last year's festival and will be returning this year to front the bill with Melissa Ferrick. ”
““Crys’ music is delightfully eclectic and she’s always very well-received by our audiences. "”
“Matthews first broke into the High Country music scene in 1999 as the vocalist and keyboardist for the band Half & Half. Since going solo, she has performed at a number of High Country venues...”
“the organizers of the two-day Out/Loud Queer Women's Music Festival, truly scored with the performer list, from Crys Matthews and her funky blues/jazz to Eugene favorite folkie Chris Pureka to the synchronized dance of Seattle's Team Gina (pictured below) … and more.”