Matt Andersen

Thursday
04
Oct

Powerful, Soulful Guitarist

Why you should see this show…

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. In addition to headlining major festivals, clubs and theaters throughout North America, Europe and Australia, he 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 won the 2013 and 2016 European 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 six Maple Blues Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year. Matt and special guest Terra Lightfoot will be performing solo sets.
 

 

Matt Andersen Bio
From the first notes of “Weightless” to the slow-dying roar of the crowd as the last licks of “Devil’s Bride” squeal out, Matt Andersen and the Mellotones Live at Olympic Hall is a rollicking, sizzling night of Andersen’s thunderous voice and hot guitar playing mashed up with the ten-piece force of nature that is the Mellotones, all captured at a historic dance hall in downtown Halifax.

Andersen calls it “the most drastic thing I could do,” a far cry from his usual one guy, one guitar context. “I make an impact when I’m solo with the quiet parts more than the loud parts. With a band it’s the opposite.” And if you’re going to have a band, it should be the Mellotones. Long a staple of Halifax’s live music scene, the band features a smoking horn section along with keys, drums, and more. “I felt like a rock star,” Andersen says.

A stirringly soulful singer with powerful songs and a live band that cooks are two of the elements that go into making a live record a success. The third necessary element is, of course, a live audience. And Andersen had one that was hot to trot. “They were a really great crowd,” Andersen says. “To look out into the audience was pretty special from that stage, they sold the balcony too, so there were two tiers of people.” Andersen was particularly pleased to play at Olympic Hall. He loved seeing the old signs of its dance hall past—photos on the walls of audiences dressed to the nines, sitting at round tables, with space in the middle for dancing. Andersen’s show, though, was a less formal affair, with the sold-out audience on its feet from start to finish. “I don’t get to play shows with everyone standing up, I usually play softseater shows, so it was great to get on stage and have that kind of energy. People were excited, the band and the audience both.”

Andersen wanted to make a live record that would be something fans could come back to again and again, the way he did when he was a kid, with Eric Clapton Unplugged. “It’s a bit of a subconscious confirmation that it is real. You can’t really fake it. A lot of people like to have that representation of what happened. Anytime I play a show, people ask, ‘which album is most like your live show?’ They want to take home their experience.”

Andersen notes that for artists who don’t get a lot of radio play, “live music is vital.” And more than that, he says, “I think it’s a basic connection, to be part of that energy going on. I just wish everyone could come to a live show. It’s the best way to hear music for sure.

 

 

Terra Lightfoot Bio
Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. 2015’s Every Time My Mind Runs Wild marked the artist’s arrival as a striking songwriter and compelling live performer. 2017 brought two new albums: the orchestral collaboration Live in Concert and her third studio album, New Mistakes. On the latter, Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing — one that has won praise from the likes of No Depression, Pop Matters, Guitar Player, Twangville, and The Boot, and earned a nomination for a 2018 JUNO Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. Terra has toured the UK multiple times in the last two years, is coming off a six-week run supporting The Posies on their US tour dates, and closes out her summer supporting the legendary Willie Nelson on a Toronto date.
 

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