Thu, Jan 9, 2014.
Big doings for New Brunswick's favourite blues man Matt Andersen tonight. The pride of Perth-Andover (okay, Bairdsville) is about to release a new album, coming February 4, called Weightless. There's quite a big push for this one. Andersen has a new label, venerable Canadian company True North Records, the long-time Bruce Cockburn home, among many others. That, along with some behind-the-scenes changes, has everyone ramped up in his camp to break further ground in his career.
It all starts tonight with a launch party/showcase for the new disc in Toronto. It's being held at The Rivoli club, and is a private event just for industry folks and media types, to get the excitement going. Weightless has lots of the usual great guitar on it, Matt's killer voice, and some more mellow, singer-songwriter work as well. There's a big name producer behind it as well, Steve Berlin from the group Los Lobos. He's worked with East Coast acts before, notably Great Big Sea, and should help open the U.S. door further. Andersen's already carving out a solid audience there, and is about to embark on a big tour through the U.S., starting in New York Jan. 11.
Don't worry, he'll be back in Canada soon enough, although it will be a bit before we see him home again. Andersen's next NB shows are April 2 at the Imperial in Saint John, April 3 at The Playhouse in Fredericton, and April 4 in Moncton at the Capitol.
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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).