River Matthews, as an artists story, is somewhat hard not to like. A career as a musical therapy teacher, and no small amount of heartbreak.. Has led to working with world renowned songwriter Jamie Scott and more recently, supporting Rag ‘N’ Bone Man on his sold-out ‘Human’ tour. His latest EP ‘Sunshine’ cemented his place as one of the country’s finest new songwriting talents, garnering support from Spotify on New Music Friday, a BBC Radio 2 playlist & features on Billboard, Clash and The Line of Best Fit. All in all, it’s a really heartwarming story of a guy that just wants to write songs.
Since breaking into the scene with the tantalisingly beautiful ‘Stars’, River has had an unbelievable year cementing himself as one of the countries most promising new singer-songwriters. Having sold-out his first ever London headline show, he’s now out on a European tour including last night’s incredible & intimate show at The Islington, London.
Sold-out in advance, anyone who’s been to The Islington will be testament to the fact that it’s not exactly Wembley Arena. So the gig definitely had a more, intimate, feel than perhaps you might get at other London grass roots venues. Still, River came on stage and made it feel as though he was personally serenading every woman (and man!) in the room. Acres of softly spoken charm and generally good guy charisma. That’s before I get to the songs. Simply sublime transitions between folk, Americana and nostalgic 70’s songwriting. Can’t wait for the new album in January.