Published Dec 15, 2015New Brunswick bluesman Matt Andersen delivered the JUNO Award-nominated Weightless back in 2014, and he's now unveiled plans to follow it up with a new album called Honest Man. The record is due out on February 26 via True North Records.
Andersen recorded the new material in New York with famed R&B producer Commissioner Gordon, who Andersen says "was able to tie-in so many new ideas to what I've done in the past without losing touch with my sound."
It hears the singer-songwriter experimenting with drum beats — which Gordon brought to the table as a new starting point for many of the songs. "Using beats is something I never thought I would go for," Andersen said in a press release. "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."
Chris Kirby, Donovan Woods, Andy Stochansky, Ryan Hupman and Jamie Hartman receive co-writing credits throughout the record. Also featured on the album are veteran soul musicians like Andy Bassford (Toots and the Maytals), Benjamin Bouton (Ibibio Sound Machine), Josh David Barrett (the Wailers, Lauryn Hill) and Lenny Underwood (Mary J. Blige, Amy Winehouse).
Leading up to Honest Man's release, Andersen will be embarking on a North American tour. You can find the upcoming shows listed below. Beyond that, hear the first sampling of the new album by giving "Let's Get Back" a listen.
1. Break Away
2. The Gift
3. Honest Man
4. I'm Giving In
5. Quiet Company
6. Let's Get Back
7. All the Way
8. Last Surrender
9. Who Are You Listening To?
10. One Good Song
02/16 Duncan, BC - Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
02/17 Victoria, BC - University of Victoria Farquhar Auditorium
02/18 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
02/19 Kelowna, BC - Kelowna Community Theatre
02/20 Banff, AB - The Banff Centre
02/21 Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
02/22 Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
02/24 Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre
02/25 Regina, SK - University of Regina Drake Hall
02/26 Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
02/27 Guelph, ON - River Run Centre
02/28 London, ON - Centennial Hall
03/01 Kitchener, ON - Centre In The Square
03/02 St. Catharines, ON - St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre
03/03 Owen Sound, ON - Roxy Theatre
03/04 Burlington, ON - Burlington Performing Arts Centre
03/05 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
03/06 Orillia, ON - Orillia Opera House
03/08 Port Hope, ON - Cameco Capitol Arts Centre
03/09 Markham, ON - Flato Markham Theatre
03/10 Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre
03/11 Burlington, VT - Club Metronome
03/12 Boston, MA - Club Passim
03/13 Bethlehem, PA - Blast Furnace Blues Festival
03/14 Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
03/15 New London, CT - Garde Arts
03/16 Portsmouth, NH - Birdseye
03/18 New York City, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
03/19 Philadelphia, PA - Tin Angel
03/20 Fall River, MA - Narrows Center For The Arts
03/24 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
03/25 Montreal, QC - L'Astral