Award-winning Canadian soul-bluesman Matt Andersen has been added as a special guest on the summer tour of superstars Steve Miller and Marty Stuart. This is in addition to Andersen’s continuing solo dates as part of his international itinerary spanning across the US, UK, Europe and Canada, in support of his latest album release, Halfway Home by Morning (on True North Records). The 13-song album (recorded in Nashville, TN) deftly captures the Canadian-native’s long-signature and internationally-celebrated sound: sweat-soaked soul meets incendiary rhythm and blues, with full doses of heartsick folk and Americana grit mixed in for good measure.
Halfway Home by Morning featured a slew of pre-released singles, including “Free Man” and “Quarter on the Ground,” which have garnered 120,000+ streams on Spotify alone and numerous radio adds for “Free Man." The most recent singles included “Something to Lose,” (featuring Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Amy Helm) and “Better than You Want.”
“When it came time to select songs for the new album I knew I wanted this song and that I wanted to sing it with Amy,” Andersen says of “Something to Lose.” “Amy and I have been trying for a long time for the opportunity to write together. We ended being on a tour together and found ourselves with a day off and sat down to tackle a tune. It ended up being the last song we recorded for the album and it was definitely one of the highlights of my time in the studio. I’ll sing with Amy any time I can. She’s the real thing and always brings her own genuine and infectious joy into the room and into any song,” Andersen continues.
To accompany “Something to Lose,” Andersen has released a studio video with Amy Helm -
“For the video, we had an easy and relaxed day at the Henhouse Studio in Nashville with my producer, Steve Dawson, and the band,” Andersen says of the video. “I could have sung this song all day. I really like the stripped-down vibe we had on these takes. Being able to sit across from and just sing into the open air with no headphones or monitors was as real as it gets. I love that we caught that moment,” Andersen says.
With over 18 million views on YouTube and nearly two decades into his storied career, Andersen’s room-shaking, heart-quaking voice has won him countless awards, including two European Blues Awards, seven Maple Blues Awards, and an International Blues Challenge.
With a staggering voice that is at intervals vulnerable and mighty, Andersen sings of love, loss, longing for home, and finding out about “the nails that hung (his) heroes to their crosses.” The songs are honest; they reflect the musings of a blue-collar kid trying to make sense of the wider world as he rolls through another town in an endless stretch of nightly gigs. His dedication to the road earned him the unique CIMA Road Gold certification.
Andersen is a singer of Herculean talent, a songwriter who isn’t afraid of introspection, and a guitarist with “the confidence of a fighter in his prime.” All of those facets of his artistry are on full display in his newest offering Halfway Home by Morning.
MATT ANDERSEN US 2019 TOUR
November 8 Sessions Music Hall Eugene, OR
November 9 Star Theater Portland, OR
November 10 The Triple Door Seattle, WA
November 13 Harlow's Sacramento, CA
November 14 Freight & Salvage Berkeley,CA
November 15 Harold Miossi Hall San Luis Obispo, CA
November 16 The Pico Union Project Los Angeles, CA
November 17 California Center for the Arts Escondido, CA
November 19 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
November 20 Scottsdale CTR for the Perf.Arts Scottsdale, AZ
November 21 KiMo Theatre Albuquerque, NM
November 22 Taos Center for the Arts Taos, NM
November 23 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO