The British blues scene is undergoing somewhat of a renaissance right now. There are so many talented artists out there, and Matt Edwards is no exception to that rule.
Matt’s sophomore album Four Berry Jam traverses the whole spectrum of blues. The band which features Andy Norris (drums), Roger Inniss (bass), and Matt Edwards (guitar/vocals) deliver a really tight groove.
The slower blues numbers on the album like “Same Old Self,” “Another Round,” and “Walk” shine a spotlight on Matt’s sublime guitar playing; he demonstrates a superb appreciation of space, excellent control, and remarkable tone. At times, it almost as much about the notes not played as those that are. Roger Inniss’ pounding bass lines are also very prominent throughout particularly on tracks like the funky up tempo “Make A Wish.”
Four Berry Jam is packed with catchy blues rock numbers like opening track “Behind The Wall,” the Hendrix-esque “This Year,” and southern sounding “Picking At The Bone,” which is one of the stand out tracks on the album. “Taking Up Time” has an old school blues feel to it reminiscent of RL Burnside’s “Georgia Woman.”
With Matt Edwards’ second album, you get a superb, contemporary blues-rock record with an appreciation of what came before. We look forward to more of what is to come from a rising star of the British blues scene.