NC native and VA resident Crys Matthews has been performing professionally since 2008. She has shared the stage with artists like the Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, Melissa Ferrick, Chris Pureka, etc. Crys was an official showcase artist at Folk Alliance International in 2012. She has also performed at: Out/Loud, FolkFest St. Pete, Charlotte Pride, Savannah Pride, Charleston Pride, Capital Pride, Shakori Hills Festival, Tacoma Park Folk Festival, Virginia Women’s Music Festival, SisterSpace, and many more.
A prolific lyricist and composer, Crys Matthews has penned three full-length albums and has already began working on a fourth. Backroads and Driveways is her debut album and first studio release. Having found her voice in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and her inspiration for most of the album in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Backroads and Driveways is about a journey. From “Traveling”—which was literally written on an airplane—to the title track, these songs play like journal entries along the road to love and happiness.
The album was engineered and produced by recording legend, Karen Kane (who engineered Tracy Chapman’s first demo), and it is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and at various retailers. It is in rotation on Pandora; and it is being played on various broadcasts from Harrisonburg, VA (WMRA’s Acoustic Cafe) to Portland, OR (KBOO Radio).
Crys Matthews just released her sophomore album, A Lesson Learned, as well as an EP called The Izzle Ballads. In the September issue of Curve magazine, Rachel Shatto wrote: “A Lesson Learned sounds like how a glass of iced tea tastes: familiar, comfortable and refreshing…Fans of Tracy Chapman and Ani DiFranco will find plenty to love with this album, as Matthews shares their gifts of telling simultaneously intimate and relatable stories, all while continuing to refine her own unique brand of R&B folk.”
Look for a third full-length album from Crys Matthews in 2013.