Wed 12 Jun 2013
At 08:00 PM
After playing the prestigious 2004 East Coast Music Awards, Matt continued cultivating crowds, appearing with Randy Bachman, Bo Diddley, Little Feat, America, Loverboy, April Wine, and others. He signed with Busted Flat Records for a string of exalted albums: 2007’s Second Time Around, 2008’s Something in Between, and 2009’s Piggyback (a duo set with harmonica king Mike Stevens) and Live at the Phoenix Theatre.
with support from KEITH THOMPSON
Having toured the length and breadth of the UK and Europe as a solo artist and with his band, Keith has finally released an acoustic album, "Steel Strings & Bruised Reed" to much critical acclaim. Some of the songs on the album are unplugged versions of band material and other songs that until now had no outlet. So, armed with an acoustic guitar and a bunch of songs, Keith set out to do a few solo acoustic gigs. The experience proved to be so enjoyable and audiences warmed to the personality that comes across in a more intimate and simple form, it was decided to do more. Keith loves the music played in the band but outside of the band context Keith tended to gravitate to acoustic music and the work of many singer songwriters. The blues and rock influence is still evident and the result on stage and on the album is a very raw and honest collection of songs.
Over the years he has released a lot of incidental music for television programs and soundtrack projects and he has sold over 100,000 albums. Keith also writes songs and music for other artists and musical projects. Recent credits include, “Road to Recovery” the AA’s theme tune. His song "Preaching The Blues" was voted into third place in the "People's Voice" competition, being the only UK finalist in the International Song-writing Competition (Blues Category) out of over 16000 entries.
Matt Andersen seems like someone who, long ago, would have been the subject of folk songs rather than someone who sang them. A giant of a man, with a voice to match, the New Brunswick native (now based in Cape Breton) has firmly established himself over the past year as one of Canada's brightest new roots music stars. In 2010 alone, he became the first Canadian to win the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, which quickly led to an opening stint for Old Crow Medicine Show. The increasing hype surrounding him has been justified with this new full-length, produced by Colin Linden and recorded at Levon Helm's Woodstock, NY studio.