Sounds of Sundance 2018: Crys Matthews
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You can’t spell “ambition” without C-R-Y-S. Get to know who the folksy singer is and why she’s so absolutely F-I-E-R-C-E.

Describe your sound in three words.
Folk-blues fusion.

What’s your favorite F-word?
Fierce.

Song you can never get out of your head?
Mary Gauthier’s cover of Jack Hardy’s song “Ain’t I a Woman” (about Sojourner Truth).

Any pre-performance rituals?
Hot tea (one part peppermint, one part ThroatCoat), honey, lavender, peppermint, and lemon essential oils.

Last thing you ordered at a drive-thru?
Vanilla sweet cream cold brew.

One film you want to see at the fest?
Burden.

Who are you most excited to spot at the fest? Celeb or otherwise.
Ava DuVernay.

Elevator pitch us your idea for a film that would screen at SFF.
HRC, RBG, and Michelle Obama sip tea while spilling the T on what they really think of 45 (like the most amazing episode of Pop-up Video EVER).

One thing you’d like to change about your industry?
The ‘queering’ of everything by default — proud lesbian over here. Ask, don’t assume.

One thing you’d never change about your industry?
That there are now enough amazing LGBTQ artists to warrant the above answer.

What’s next for you?
Playing Olivia’s 45th Anniversary at the Hard Rock Puerta Vallarta in February, then touring the east coast through spring.


The 2018 Sundance ASCAP Music Café is located at the Rich Haines Gallery (751 Main Street, Park City, UT) and is open to all Festival credential holders (21 and older).

Crys Matthews performs on Thursday, 1/25, at 2 p.m. and on Friday, 1/26, at 2 p.m.

photo by: Urusla Hoppe
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