With his recent selection as British Blues Awards “Guitarist of the Year” for the third consecutive year, virtuoso Matt Schofield has been inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame. chofield was notified of his induction during his current USA fall tour that culminates with an appearance at the Iridium, New York City, on Thursday, October 4th.
With his induction, Schofield joins British bass player Andy Graham, British harmonica player Paul Jones, and acclaimed American guitarist Joe Bonamassa (inducted as “Overseas Artist”). “I’m honored to be named to the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame,” said Schofield. “I play to connect with my audience, and this recognition makes me feel like I am indeed connecting.”
About Matt Schofield:
Matt Schofield’s sound channels British soul, Albert Collins blues, and New Orleans funk. His 2011 release, Anything But Time, produced by 9-time Grammy winner John Porter, was named Blues Pick of 2011 by BBC R2 National Radio. Schofield was a headline performer at the prestigious T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, a main stage performer at the North Sea Blues Festival (along with BB King), and is a 2-time headline performer at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
About the British Blues Awards:
The British Blues Awards was founded by a small group of British blues enthusiasts in 2010 in order to recognize and honor British blues artists across a range of categories (Guitarist of the Year, Album of the Year, etc.). Winners were originally determined entirely by the public. Because of the popularity of the awards, in 2012 a panel comprised of influential UK broadcasters, writers, festival organizers and venue owners was asked to first nominate candidates in each of sixteen award categories. The candidates were then voted on by the public, with winners announced at the Newark (UK) Blues Festival.