Former Fairport Convention vocalist Iain Matthews formed Matthews Southern Comfort in 1970.
The band’s country-tinged sound proved to be an excellent forum for Matthews’ songwriting talents and in the summer of 1970, their second album, Second Spring, reached the UK Top 40, followed by their chart-topping single, a version of Joni Mitchell‘s Woodstock.
Unfortunately, success was followed by friction within the band and two months later, Matthews announced his intention to pursue a solo career.
One more album followed, after which the band truncated their name to Southern Comfort. After two further albums, they disbanded in the summer of 1972.
Matthews reformed the band with mostly Dutch musicians in 2010, releasing two new albums, Kind Of New and Kind Of Live, and again in 2017, releasing two further albums, Like A Radio (2018) and The New Mine (2020).
Pedal steel guitar