Matt Andersen has recently announced the upcoming release of his eighth full-length album, Honest Man, produced in New York with famed R&B producer Commissioner Gordon. Honest Man follows up the JUNO Award nominated Weightless, released in 2014. In his upcoming album, Andersen explores new territory and accredits this new creativity to his producer, Gordon. “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” Andersen describes Gordon. Honest Man has a new sound that you haven’t heard in Andersen’s previous albums – drums. “Gordon brought a drum beat to one of our first sessions that I loved, and I wrote ‘Let’s Get Back’ around it… Using beats is something I never thought I would go for. But it was a lot of fun and I’m really excited with what we recorded. If I was left up to my own devices it would have been a very different record.”
Listen to the first song released from his latest album, Honest Man for a sneak-peek at what to expect.
Set for release on February 26 via True North Records, Honest Man consists of ten songs that explore both the political and the personal. Andersen is not shy to express his thoughts and feelings in this album. The title track, co-written with Chris Kirby, was inspired by a US political cartoon while “Let’s Get Back”, co-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 a rally call for people to make up their own minds and not be swung by the ‘information’ they’re being fed.
On “All The Way”, written with Gordie Sampson, Andersen takes a more personal approach as he sings about the decision to fully commit to a relationship, while on the alluring piano ballad “I’m Giving In”, composed with Andy Stochansky and Jamie Hartman, he muses about the moments leading up to that commitment.
A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding presence, Andersen has shared the stage and toured with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Bachman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Serena Ryder, and more. Andersen has received three Maple Blues Awards, a Memphis Blues Challenge win, a CIMA Road Gold Award, a European Blues Award, and a Juno Award nomination.
Matt Andersen has been to The Centre before, when he performed on our intimate OnStage set-up in 2007. He’s back this March to perform on our Main Theatre stage. Don’t miss this opportunity, get your tickets today!