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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Crys Matthews ll Kris Math-use

Recommended if you like: Tracy Chapman, Chris Pureka, Melissa Ferrick, Amos Lee

Story behind your band/artist name: My mom named me Crystal, but has called me Crys as long as I can remember.

Band Members: Crys Matthews - vocals and acoustic guitar, Mark Williams - lead guitar, bass, drums and percussion, Graham Drew - bass, Patrick "Hammer" Thornton - bass, Wes Lanich - keys, Tommy Gann - keys, Helen Hausmann - violin, Ben Tufts - drums and percussion

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Virginia

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Crys Matthews is one of the only artists in the DMV to play upside-down and backwards (a right-handed guitar NOT restrung, but played left-handed).
Mark Williams is the genius behind Sucker Punch Recording Co. and has produced some of the DMV's best.
Ben Tufts is not only one of the best drummers in the DMV, he also has one of the most impressive beards. He also does amazing work with the Craig Tufts Foundation (named for his dad).

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August, she simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes. In August 2015, Matthews released an EP called The Izzle Ballads, vol. II. Just as in the first installment, Matthews sings about hope, love, perseverance and justice with an ease and candor that one might expect from a southeastern North Carolina native whose mother happens to be a preacher. She has four other releases under her belt to date.

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Main Genre: Folk

Other Genres: Americana, blues, adult contemporary