Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
The new album is titled, Honest Man. Right now, I’m just staring off a 62 show tour that will be taking me all over North American with my band, The Bona Fide. This is my first tour in years with a band. We’ll be playing a bunch of songs from the new album as well as some my favorites from past recordings.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Meat and potatoes with a peaty scotch to cap off the night. Why? Because I like meat and potatoes and a peaty scotch to cap off the night. It’s all you need, nothing fancy, but always leaves a smile on my face.
Which song resonates most strongly and why?
Wrote A Song For Everyone by John Fogerty. I’ve always loved this song. It’s a song that every songwriter has lived at some point. You can speak to rooms full of people, but not to the ones closest to you.
Have you been touring much? Any on the road anecdotes?
Yes, I’m always on the road. I played on an Air Force base in Trenton, ON one year. It was on Remembrance Day, the hall was full. At one point, the MPs came in and evacuated us due to a bomb threat. As we were all standing outside we started singing O Canada. Turns out the bomb threat was from a wife who wanted her husband to come home… no threat at all.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Life. Experiences of my own and the things I observe. There is always something I can personally connect to in my songs. Singing them night after night, I have to have a personal connection to the lyrics.
What’s next for you?
This tour is going to be lasting for a while. After we wrap up in North America, there will be trips to the UK, Europe and Australia. I’ll be looking forward to summer festivals as well.
Matt Anderson’s Honest Man to be released 28th February 2016. Pre-order here now.
Find tour information here.
Matt Andersen has been enthralling audiences with his one of a kind performance in North America, Europe and Australia for years. In October 2015, the award winning artist once again de-camped from his New Brunswick, Canada home to record his new album Honest Man.
Produced in New York with Commissioner Gordon (Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, KRS-One), Honest Man follows up the JUNO Award Nominated Weightless and sees the songwriter pushing himself into new territory. Blessed with a rich gospel soul voice and armed with a new set of songs, Matt Andersen found a perfect partner in crime with Commissioner Gordon.
From writing around drum beats to bringing in a cast of players 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), Honest Man expands on what we already know and love from Andersen and brings it to a new level.
About Matt Andersen With over 5 million views on YouTube, independent sales over 30,000 albums, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen.
A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt has built a formidable following the old fashioned way – touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth. In addition to headlining major festivals, clubs and theatres throughout North America, Europe and Australia, he has shared the stage and toured with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Beth Hart, Randy Bachman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Serena Ryder, and more.
Andersen has won the 2013 Euro Blues Award for Best Solo /Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and nabbed him 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Since the release of Weightless in early 2014, Andersen has received a JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, a CIMA Road Gold award, and a Maple Blues Award for Male Vocalist of the Year.