Matthews’ Southern Comfort

Matthews' Southern ComfortFrom: Lincolnshire, England

Formed by former Fairport Convention singer/guitarist Ian Matthews, this UK band was named after Matthews’ solo album “Matthews’ Southern Comfort.” Other members of band were Mark Griffiths (guitar), Carl Barnwell (guitar), Gordon Huntley (pedal steel guitar), Andy Leigh (bass) and Ray Duffy (drums). Matthews’ Southern Comfort signed with EMI Records, where they produced five albums.

In 1970, Matthews’ Southern Comfort had a UK Top 40 with their second release, Second Spring. That winter, the band had a number 1 hit with the famous Joni Mitchell song “Woodstock.” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young had also released the song as a single, prior to Matthews’ Southern Comfort, making it that much more impressive that it did so well.

Matthews’ Southern Comfort experienced a lot of tension within the group and Matthews declared his desire to pursue a solo career. Changing their name to just Southern Comfort, three more albums were released before the band separated in 1972.

Artist information sources include: Rovi at Allmusic.com

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From the 1971 album Later That Same Year
Later That Same Year

  • For Melanie
  • Woodstock