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Krissy Matthews – ‘Live At Freak Valley’ – Album Review

Krissy Matthews – ‘Live At Freak Valley’ – Album Review



Krissy Matthews has laid down the law with his latest release ‘Live At Freak Valley’. Showcasing his individuality throughout, Krissy unleashes a blistering array of blues rock infested beauty in this high octane performance. Krissy himself would be the first to admit this is not his most flawless performance, but this is certainly an authentic and honest one. Speaking of live albums Krissy says “Too many bands release “live records” but half of it is over dubbed in the studio and the f*** ups are erased.  On Freak Valley you get the real deal. No overdubs.”




There lies the beauty within this album. It’s a raw sincere achievement that is often lost in translation in modern day recordings, when the search for perfection often overtakes the essence of the performance itself.  Not here, Matthews vents like a man possessed with a collection of high energy, high octane tracks that leave you gasping for more. Each track heavy in dirty guitar riffs and even bigger hooks the album seamlessly flows throughout.


Recorded at the Freak Valley Festival In Siegen, Germany on May 27th 2016. Matthews gives his all, from the first track ‘Feeling For The Blues’ to the last you know you’re being taken on a ride here and Krissy’s got the wheel! A song born out of frustration as a young player, it was picked on by purists harping on about what you have to be to play the blues; not 24 and not talented? Krissy turns that experience around into a finely number with a big ass middle finger to his doubters. That sets the scene for this live performance, you have a young guy giving it his all in every song, selling it 100% like a man possessed! Driving home that he has rightly earned his reputation as one of the best upcoming blues artists today.




Krissy, Sam and Max all put in a tight colorful performance and I highly recommend you give this live CD a whirl, full of hard hitting guitar riffs layered with blistering guitar runs the trio have produced an addictive mix that’s hard to ignore. Live At Freak Valley is released by Proper Records on Friday April 14th with Krissy and the boys hitting the road for a UK tour at the end of March to support the release.




1.            Feeling For The Blues

2.            I’ve Been Searching

3.            All Night Long

4.            Searching The Desert For The Blues

5.            Language by Injection

6.            The Soul Will Never Die

7.            Bad Boy

8.            Freedom

9.            Hit The Rock

10.          Roadsick Blues

11.          Bubbles And The Seven Phones




The Bullingdon, Oxford
Wednesday 29th March 2017
Tickets: £10 advance £12 door
Book Online:
Box Office: 01865 244 516
Venue Email:
162 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE

The Chambers, Folkestone
Thursday 30th March 2017
Tickets: Free Entry
Venue Tel: 01303 223 333
Venue Email:
Cheriton Place, Folkestone, CT20 2BB

The Fiddler’s Elbow, London
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Tickets: £5 advance £8 door
Book Online:
Box Office: 0207 4853 269, 07877 798 233
Venue Email:
1 Malden Road, Camden, NW5 3HS

Tring Blues Bar, Tring
Thursday 20th April 2017
Tickets: £6 entry on door
Venue Tel: 07713 450992
Venue Email:
Tring Park Cricket Club, London Road, Tring, Herts, HP23 6HA

The Bear Club, Luton
Friday 21st April 2017
Tickets: £9 advance £10 door
Book Online:
Venue Email:
Mill Yard, 24A Guildford St, Luton LU1 2NR

The Fleur De Lys, Didcot
Saturday 22nd April 2017
Tickets: £10 on door or call venue in advance
Box Office: 01235 813 247
Venue Email:
30 Main Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot, OX11 9LN

Black Market, Mansfield
Sunday 23rd April 2017
Tickets: £5 on door
Box Office: 01623 842 105
Venue Email:
43 High St, Warsop, Mansfield, NG20 0AB

Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
Monday 24th April 2017
Tickets: £5 advance £6 door
Book Online:
Venue Box Office: 02920644176
Venue Email:
5 Womanby Street, Cardiff, CF10

The Arches, Coventry
Thursday 27th April 2017
Tickets: £7 advance £9 door
Book Online:
Box Office: 024 7671 1010
Venue Email:
22-23 Arches Industrial Estate, Coventry CV1 3JQ