Matthews Southern Comfort is a band name that resonates from the late ’60s and the cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’ which was a No.1 single in the UK. After a couple of years and two albums, founder Iain Matthews left and the group released three more albums before folding.
Now MSC has been reborn simply because Matthews feels he didn’t quite get it right the first time. Originally, a vehicle for his musical concepts, forty years on, the sounds and songs just keep on coming.
The original band came to a shuddering and premature halt, when Matthews decided, rightly or wrongly, that it lacked musical depth. The formation of an all new MSC comes from his desire to finish the journey, plus a deep ongoing passion to make perhaps one more important musical statement, that will be both heard and acknowledged by his peers.The new MSC, a quartet, features an all Dutch line-up. With renowned multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, Bart Jan Baartmans, keyboardist, Bart de Win, fresh from several seasons with the Birds of Chicago and his acoustic duo Tipjar, and rounding out the line-up is the Utrecht songwriter, guitar & mandolin player, Eric De Vries. This spectacular band represents both the past and the present, as Matthews cleverly reinvents some of the classic MSC songs, to accompany the new originals.
If you’re looking for an evening of pure, unadulterated, sonic bliss, Matthews Southern Comfort is your ticket to satisfaction. Five years after their triumphant resurgence and the highly acclaimed album ‘Kinda New’ this new recording ‘Like A Radio’ surfaces for release in March. It features re-imaginings of three classic MSC songs, plus nine new originals and another three bonus-tracks including a new version of James Taylor’s “Something In The Way She Moves”.