Matt Andersen Drops New Album Same Day He Plays Winnipeg
Winnipeg music fans get a belated holiday gift this February 26th when Matt Anderson hits the stage at the Burton Cummings Theatre just as his latest album lands on store shelves.
Honest Man, Anderson’s follow-up album to the JUNO nominated Weightless, sees the New Brunswick audience-favourite team up with Commissioner Gordon (Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, KRS-One). Matt set course for New York this fall to record with the legendary producer and some of the best players in the industry, including Andy Bassford (Toots and the Maytals, Burning Spear, Natalie Merchant), Benji Bouton (Ibibio Sound Machine), Josh David Barret (The Wailers, Lauryn Hill) and Lenny Underwood (Mary J. Blige, Amy Winehouse). The experience saw Anderson set a new course to explore his music.
“Gordon has worked with so many different people, like Santana and Quincy Jones, on so many historic albums,” says Andersen. “He has such a great approach and was able to tie-in so many new ideas to what I’ve done in the past without losing touch with my sound.”
Music fans will happy to hear that Matt Anderson’s unique folksy-blues sound remains. From his award wins (Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, Best Solo/Acoustic Act at the 2013 Euro Blues Awards, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012) to the acclaim of his first album (JUNO nominated, a CIMA Road Gold award and a Maple Blues Award for Male Vocalist of the Year), he has built a loyal fan base across North America, Europe and Australia.
Lucky Winnipeg audience members will be among the first to hear the ten new songs from Honest Man, which explore both the political and the personal. Recording in New York led to magical moments sure to top Anderson’s memories for years to come.
“The song ‘I’m Giving In’ was the final one that I needed to lay down vocals for,” remembers Anderson. “It was my last night in New York and the studio we were using was underneath a ballroom where Alicia Keys was rehearsing for a performance the next night. We managed to get the piano recorded in between the breaks of the rehearsal but had to skip the vocals. We went back to Gordon’s studio to listen back to the weeks’ work and enjoy a scotch when we decided to take a stab at recording the vocals. This was 1 AM. It was a special way to wrap up the session with Gordon.”
Be there when Matt Anderson takes the stage on February 26th at the Burtton Cummings Theatre. And be one of the first to add a copy of Honest Man to your collection while you’re at it!
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