Matt Andersen to play Inverness in May.
After extensively touring his latest album ‘Honest Man’ last year, Andersen has returned to this side of the pond for a handful of Scottish dates.
Matt Andersen has been enthralling audiences with his one-of-a-kind performance in North America, Europe and Australia for years. In the autumn of 2015, the award-winning artist once again decamped from his New Brunswick home – this time to record his latest album ‘Honest Man’. Produced in New York with Commissioner Gordon (Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, KRSOne), 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.
“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.”
The ten songs that make up Honest Man explore both the political and the personal. The title track, co-written with Chris Kirby, was inspired by a US political cartoon while “Let’s Get Back”, penned with Andy Stochansky, has Andersen thinking about how his country as a nation has changed, but not for the better. “Who Are You Listening To?” was hatched with Ryan Hupman during a pre-election social media flood and emerges as rally call for people to make up their own minds and not be swung by the ‘information’ we’re being fed. Since the album has been released we’ve seen the rise of ‘post-truth’ and an animated, misogynistic toupee installed in the White House, making the album’s material all the more pertinent.
With over 10 million views on YouTube, two European Blues Awards, 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.
Fochabers Institute, Fochabers Village, Scotland Friday 19 May 2017
Tooth & Claw, Inverness Saturday 20 May 2017
The Tunnels, Aberdeen Sunday 21 May 2017
Mash House, Edinburgh Monday 22 May 2017
Matt Andersen plays the Tooth & Claw, Inverness on May the 20 th.