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Matthew Curry has the blues

Illinois teen to play Roots N Blues Festival.

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Up-and-comer Matthew Curry is definitely someone to keep an eye on as he rises to the top of the music scene.

At just 19, he has already made a name for himself by touring with The Steve Miller Band, The Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton. Curry says he has learned a lot from the bands and their humble attitudes.

“One of the best pieces of advice I received was from Steve Miller,” Curry says. “He told me to own my publishing and not to be in a big hurry to get a record deal.”

These days, it is hard to come by innovative musicians, but Matthew Curry & The Fury, Curry’s touring band who will accompany him at this year’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, only plays original material that its members write and compose themselves. Their album “Electric Religion” had them in the studio for seven long months. Curry doesn’t mind, though, as he says studio work is his favorite work.

“Writing each song is different," he says. "Sometimes I am just messing with the guitar, and I will play a riff I really like and then we will all build from that. Everyone in the band starts putting together all of their ideas, and we make a song.”

An authentic blend of blues, classic and southern rock: that’s the genre Matthew Curry would say his music falls under. He’s been compared to numerous influential musicians, from Joe Cocker to Jimi Hendrix. If you ask him what draws him to this type of music, he says it’s simply because it is what he grew up on.

With so much talent at only 19 years old, one has to wonder what Curry sees for himself in the future.

Besides wanting to collaborate with Eric Clapton, he wants something very simple.

“I want to continue doing what I am doing right now and one day travel on a tour bus,” Curry says with a laugh. “It would be nice to have someone carry all of the heavy stuff for us.”

Curry says he couldn’t picture himself doing anything else. Making music and performing it for his fans are things he says he will never get tired of.

“There’s no other feeling like it. Being able to play music and make a living off of it, there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing,” he says. “It’s a labor of love.”

Curry says he doesn’t want anyone to miss the show, and with the talent he possesses, you won’t want to miss it either.

“Outdoor festivals are always fun because you can play louder," he says. "We hope that everyone comes out and has a blast.”

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