We have witnessed, and very often enjoyed, the evolution of many artists. The shared efforts of many has given us opportunities to reflect on music of artists we have listened to for decades, but never heard together. Steve Postell and Iain Matthews are an outstanding example of artists we have looked forward to bringing here for many years.
When some artists are referred to as “legends” it is usually a measure of years, or quality. Iain Matthews has been judged favorably by both and nurtured many others along the way. While Iain graced our living room in 2017, the opportunity for Steve Postell to join him this spring is a first, and Steve has been an artist long on our wish list.
As a founding member of Fairport Convention in 1967, Iain appeared on the bands’ first three recordings and continued there until 1969. The next two years yielded three critically acclaimed releases from the band most of us in the US are more familiar with; Matthews’ Southern Comfort. His work then continued, as a solo artist touring mostly in Europe, and with Plainsong.
Steve Postell may not be known to many of you, but his years of experience as a singer/songwriter/guitarist have often found him focused on work as a composer/collaborator/producer. From his early work with Pure Prairie League to some his more recent work with many of our favorites, such as Dan Navarro and Freebo; Steve, has worked with many others on the refinement and blending of their music. Steve is a musician and a mentor.
Steve and Iain had been working on their first duo recording, in late 2019, when COVID threw a bolt in the works, as Iain lives in the Netherlands and they were faced with two years of limits on international travel. We now find them back together and touring this spring and summer on the West Coast.
We are glad they will be visiting Música Del Río on Friday May 27. We do hope you can join us, for a remarkable musical evening.