Grand Rapids area readers be sure to check out 19-year-old guitar phenom, Matthew Curry as he performs on Wednesday, June 3 at the Frederick Meijer Gardens with Grand Funk Railroad.
Seemingly out of nowhere, MATTHEW CURRY has been creating a serious buzz the past few years, especially 2014. This rising star from the Heartland of Normal, IL has already seen rock star-like standing ovations at key festivals both in the U.S. and abroad, and the lines for his autograph at the merchandise booths are longer than most headliners.
His rare combination of youth and maturity have been taking audiences, and the music industry, by storm and surprise with his triple-threat talents of compelling songwriting, dynamic vocals, and incendiary guitar work. Now, having released two albums on his own--2011’s IF I DON’T GOT YOU and 2013’s ELECTRIC RELIGION, both available on iTunes—MATTHEW is poised to bring his thunderous guitar stylings to even more audiences courtesy of tours where he has the honor of opening for the Doobie Brothers, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, and the Steve Miller Band starting next month.
Not only did IF I DON’T GOT YOU get recognized by the International Blues Competition with high marks, the song “Blinded By the Darkness” won in the “Best Blues Song” of the International Songwriting Competition. The same year the album was released, MATTHEW was one of five international finalists in Ampeg’s “Straight Up Tone” competition. And the album’s title track was included in NPR’s “Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing” feature.