Iain Matthews first gained attention as a founding member and vocalist for the innovative Fairport Convention’s first three albums, changing the voice of folk music in his country. He moved on to create Matthews’ Southern Comfort, exploring his interest in American music. They had a No 1 hit in the UK with Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’. Never one to stand still for very long, Iain moved on during the 1970’s with another group - Plainsong, an ensemble that allowed Iain to blossom as a songwriter and acoustic guitarist – supported by his ex-Fairport mates, Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson, both in the studio and in Richard’s case on tour. Between his own solo recording and various Plainsong line-ups Iain released ten albums to critical acclaim including another well known Top Ten US hit with the single ‘Shake It’.
During the early 1980’s Matthews turned towards the business side of music as a rep for Island Records, but was persuaded by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin to get back to making music.He returned to the USA for more solo work and Plainsong records. During this period he recorded a wonderful version of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Mercy Street”, contributed to a Phil Ochs’s Tribute album and recorded plus toured with Nanci Griffith.
In 2000 Matthews settled in the Netherlands and found a busy, happy life in Europe with more touring of the UK and continent. Yet more well received collaborative recordings were issued including a Tribute album to Sandy Denny. Since then Matthews has found one of his most sympathetic musical companions, the pianist Egbert Derix. 2018 also saw the return to the studio and stage by a new lineup of Matthews' Southern Comfort.
A final Plainsong album, "Reinventing Richard: The Songs Of Richard Farina", was followed by an encore tour with Andy Roberts, and a performance in the spring of 2017 at Off The Cuff Improv Theatre in Cedar City. UT. Some 17 months later, Iain Matthews returned to the venue in a duo performance featuring acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter Steve Postell.
Keeping good company, Steve Postell is also a member of the band, The Immediate Family - along with Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Russ Kunkel, and Leland Sklar. Steve has also played with such greats as David Crosby, Robben Ford, John Oates, Eric Andersen, and Jennifer Warnes. Steve Postell's Night Train Music Club has been a fixture of the Los Angeles music scene for several years. Steve is known for assembling the best of LA's musicians, singers and songwriters – depending on who's in town on any given night. As a producer he recently completed albums with Dan Navarro and Jodi Siegel.