Iain Matthews introduces new release

By From page B12 | May 02, 2014

Iain MatthewsThe Center for the Arts in Grass Valley will present Iain Matthews, opening for Richard Thompson, on Wednesday, May 7.

While probably best remembered in the United States for his 1978 smash “Shake It,” Iain Matthews has been a worldwide music icon for more than 45 years. Whether as a founding member of Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort, Plainsong or as a solo artist, Matthews has taken listeners on a journey with each recording.

“Welcome to The Art of Obscurity,” is Matthews’ first new release in his staggering fifth decade of recording and performing music and his first American album in 15 years.

Recorded in his adopted home of Austin, Texas with producer Bradley Kopp, this 12-track release highlights Matthews’ knack for acoustic folk with jazzy undertones — capped off by his rich singing voice and reflective and insightful lyrics.

Matthews declared that “The Art of Obscurity absolutely sits up there with my four or five finest recorded moments.” In his liner notes, he stated, “’The Art of Obscurity’ will be my last solo album. It will however, not be my final recording. Music is in my blood. Music motivates me. Music is my mistress.”

Show time on May 7 is 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55.

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