Award-winning Canadian soul-bluesman Matt Andersen, announces an international tour, spanning across the US, UK, Europe and Canada, which will support his upcoming album release, Halfway Home by Morning (available worldwide March 22, 2019 on True North Records). The 13-song album (recorded in Nashville, TN) deftly captures the New Brunswick-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 will include 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, “Something To Lose,” (featuring Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Amy Helm) and “Better Than You Want,” were released Friday, February 15.
“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. A session with my pal Ian Janes completed the song. 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
To accompany “Something To Lose,” Andersen has released a studio video with Amy Helm. Watch it below.
“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 sang 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, an International Blues Challenge and a JUNO Award nomination.
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 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 2019 US, UK, EUROPEAN & CANADIAN TOUR
March 19 // Cologne, DE // Kulturkirche
March 20 // Utrecht, NL // TivoliVredenburg
March 22 // London, UK // Dingwalls
March 23 // Leeds, UK // Brudenell Social Club
March 24 // Glasgow, UK // The Blue Arrow
March 25 // Nottingham, UK // Bodega
March 29 // Baden, CH // Royal
March 30 // Mezzago, IT // Italian Blues River at Bloom Club
April 1 // Munich, DE // Technikum
April 2 // Hamburg, DE // Elbphilharmonie (SOLD OUT)
April 3 // Berlin, DE // Passionskirche
April 10 // Truro, NS // Marigold Cultural Centre **
April 23 // Kelowna, BC // Kelowna Community Theatre *
April 25 // Vancouver, BC // UBC Chan Centre for the Performing Arts *
April 26 // Calgary, AB // Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium *
April 27 // Edmonton, AB // Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium *
April 28 // Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre *
April 29 // Winnipeg, MB // Burton Cummings Theatre *
May 2 // London, ON // London Music Hall ^
May 3 // Oshawa, ON // Regent Theatre ^
May 4 // Kitchener, ON // Centre in the Square ^
May 5 // Hamilton, ON // New Vision United Church ^
May 7 // Belleville, ON // Empire Theatre ^
May 8 // Orillia, ON // Opera House ^
May 9 // Kingston, ON // Grand Theatre Rosen Auditorium ^
May 10 // Toronto, ON // Danforth Music Hall ^
May 30 // Rouyn-Noranda, QC // Rouyn-Noranda Congress Centre Concert Hall
June 1 // Buffalo, NY // 9th Ward ^^
June 2 // Cleveland, OH // Beachland Tavern ^^
June 3 // Pittsburgh, PA // Club Cafe ^^
June 4 // Nashville, TN // City Winery ^^
June 5 // Charlotte, NC // Stage Door ^^
June 6 // Atlanta, GA // Eddie’s Attic ^^
June 7 // Asheville, NC // Isis Music Hall ^^
June 8 // Carrboro, NC // Cat’s Cradle ^^
June 9 // Vienna, VA // Jammin’ Java ^^
June 11 // Philadelphia, PA // The Locks ^^
June 12 // New York, NY // City Winery
June 13 // Ridgefield, MA // CHIRP
June 14 // Fall River, MA // Narrow’s ^^
June 15 // Boston, MA // City Winery ^^
June 16 // Portland, ME // Port City ^^
June 18 // Pictou, NS // DeCoste Performing Arts Centre #
June 19 // Moncton, NB // Casino New Brunswick #
June 20 // Summerside, PE // Harbourfront Theatre #
June 21 // Saint John, NB // Imperial Theatre #
June 22 // Halifax NS // Rebecca Cohn Auditorium #
June 29 // Montreal, QC // Montreal Jazz Festival
September 11 // Fredericton, NB // Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
* with Wild Rivers
^ with Amy Helm
^^ with Erin Costelo
# with Bobby Bazini
** with Dave Sampson
All tour dates and tickets here.