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Matthew Curry and The Fury deliver energized blues along with great show. Matthew, at 17 and already a veteran performer, is astonishing audiences with his lead guitar playing, original songs, and soulful voice.
Matthew Curry is backed by The Fury, pro players including Erik Nelson (keyboard), Greg Neville, (drums) and Jeff Paxton (bass).
Their debut CD, "If I Don’t Got You", also features a horn section, background vocals, blazing guitar solos, solid lyrics and well-crafted melodies that highlight Matthew’s versatility. Influences include Sonny Landreth, Albert Collins, ZZ Top and Joe Bonamassa. Larger venues would include the big band.
Matthew is a 2012 International Songwriting Competition Winner (Blues Category, "Blinded By The Darkness"), 3 Blues Blast Music Award Nominations. A busy summer of blues and rock festivals has garnered national and international attention. "Blinded By the Darkness is featured on NPR's "Heavy Rotation" in September, and will be on ESPNU in October.
Greg Neville - Kickin’ it up a notch is The Fury drummer Greg "I'll Drink to That" Neville. Pounding out a thumping beat he keeps everything on track.
Born and raised in Central Illinois, Greg Neville has played in various bands throughout the Peoria-Bloomington area over the past 30 years. Greg remembers being influenced early on by Buddy Rich and later by Neal Peart of Rush. Greg has played in bands covering many genres of music, but is now quite content being a member of The Fury and backing the talented bluesman, Matthew Curry.
Jeff Paxton was born into a musical family at a young age. His parents played the Clackamore and Fiddle-Dee-Do in the Circus, allowing the family to travel the world and learn all styles of music. After many years Jeff got older and eloped with the bearded lady, Hariette. One day Harry, as Jeff called her, left a note for Jeff to pick up a bass for dinner. Jeff misread the note and has been playing bass ever since. People often remark after hearing Jeff play, “Not bad for a one armed guy.”