The singer-songwriter Iain Matthews recorded his first
solo album with the backing of musicians from his previous group, Fairport
Convention, entitled Matthews Southern Comfort in 1969.
When the second album, Second Spring came
along, also in 1969, he formed the band that became known as the group
Matthews Southern Comfort, which would receive much critical acclaim.
The following year they released a third album, Later
That Same Year, which gave them success with the release of their hit
version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” which kept them at
the top of the UK charts for 3 weeks in October of that year.
They toured successfully for the first couple of years
and underwent several line-up changes, but following the third album Iain
Matthews left the group by suddenly just walking off the stage while
performing a concert in Oxford, England.
The other band members remained together as Southern
Comfort, however, and went on to release the further albums Frog City,
Southern Comfort, Stir Don’t Shake and the compilation Distilled.
They eventually disbanded after they felt the interest
from the public had waned.
Members and Recording Musicians
Carl Barnwell (Guitar/Backing vocals)
Roger Churchyard (Fiddle)
Roger Coulam (Piano)
Ray Duffy (Drums)
Tristan Frye (Vibraphone)
Mark Griffiths (Bass/Guitar/Backing vocals)
Gordon Huntley (Steel Guitar)
Martin Jenkins (Mandolin)
Andy Leigh (Bass/Backing Vocals)
Iain Matthews (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Arranger)
Keith Nelson (Bass/Banjo)
Tom Paley (Banjo)
Byard Ray (Fiddle)
Matthew’s Southern Comfort recordings
Woodstock (Joni Mitchell)
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