Tue, Oct 22, 2013.
There's big news for Matt Andersen fans. New Brunswick's favourite bluesman is wrapping up a new album, his first since the award-winning Coal Mining Blues from 2011. It's going to be called Weightless, and will be release on January 28, 2014. There's some significant muscle behind the album, as its being produced by Steve Berlin, of the Grammy-winning group Los Lobos. Berlin has a long association with East Coast artists, having produced work for Great Big Sea, Nathan Wiley and Stephen Fearing, as well as Crash Test Dummies, The Tragically Hip and many more. The album is being described as full of Andersen's guitar dexterity, as well as moments of reflective blues and soul.
Andersen's also caught on with a new label, signing a deal with True North Records, the venerable Canadian independent, and long-time home to artists such as Bruce Cockburn and Catherine MacLellan. A major push for the disc seems to be shaping up. Andersen is headed to Europe soon, starting a month-long tour on November 2 in Switzerland, which will see him visit Germany, The Netherlands and the U.K. as well. Then in January he begins a major tour of North America, that lasts until May. Along the way he'll open in New York City, travel to Louisville, Kansas City, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, before heading back across the border for a full trip across the country. That includes another stop at Toronto's elegant Massey Hall, and of course, dates in New Brunswick. Andersen will visit Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton Apr. 2 - 4, in that order.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).