Matthew is one of Chicago’s most respected harmonica blowers and Blues bandleaders. For the past 28 years he has played all of Chicago’s heaviest show case venues and toured much of the world with his super-tight ensembles. Deeply rooted in the tradition of the Chicago blues elders with whom he worked and studied, Skoller has developed a unique style that conjures the past while being firmly planted in the present. He has self-produced 5 of his own critically acclaimed CDs. As a producer he has produced 2 award winning CDs by Lurrie Bell: Let’s Talk About Love and The Devil Ain’t Got No Music. Skoller penned the title cut of the latter which was nominated for song of the year by the Blues Music Awards in the US. (Skoller puts his own spin on this song on his latest release). The same album was awarded the Prix Blues by L’Academie du Jazz in Paris, France in 2012. Matthew has played harmonica on three Grammy nominated cd’s in the last 4 years: Chicago Blues: A Living History, Still I Rise, by Heritage Blues Orchestra and Muddy Waters 100 the definitive tribute to Muddy’s centennial. Matthew collaborated with his brother Larry Skoller (producer) on the Grammy nominated, historical project, Chicago Blues A Living History and co-produced volume two The (R)evolution Continues which won Traditional album of the year at the Blues Awards in 2012. He lent his production experience, deep knowledge of Chicago Blues history, and his harmonica to both these albums that are now being hailed by critics as one of the greatest Chicago Blues events of our time. All of these accolades pale next to Skoller’s fiery and riveting live performances which combined with passion, humor and some of the most muscular and swinging harmonica playing in the business keep audiences riveted to the stage while they shake their shimmy’s!
“BLUES IMMIGRANT” – New Release
Packed with powerful, original songs this Chicago Blues harmonica master releases his most powerful recording to date.
After having produced several critically acclaimed albums for other artists, blowing harp on 3 Grammy nominated CDs in the last 4 years and playing thousands of live shows Matthew Skoller releases his first solo album in 10 years! The critically acclaimed new album Blues Immigrant features nine searing originals including Story of Greed, My Get it Done Woman, Big Box Store Blues, Tear Collector and the auto-biographical Blues Immigrant. Skoller brings a singersongwriter sensibility to his 35 years of deep Chicago Blues experience.
« Story of Greed » (Blues Immigrant)