Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bluesman Matt Andersen Earns Major Honours

Matt Andersen Earns Major Honours @ Canada's Maple Blues Awards - Entertainer and Acoustic Artist of the Year!

Guitarist and singer Matt Andersen started off 2011 with a bang — winning the Entertainer of the Year and Acoustic Artist of the Year honours at Canada’s national Maple Blues Awards.

The ceremonies, in Toronto’s luxurious new concert venue, Koerner Hall, were held before a sold-out house of 1500 people. Andersen — whose flight from a recording session in Nashville to Toronto was delayed — barely made it to the show, but scored with a show-stopping performance.

Now living in Nova Scotia, Andersen is rarely home in the Maritimes. He’s set to play more to 200 concerts this year — including a major appearance in Toronto’s venerable Massey Hall opening for blues master Buddy Guy.

This month, he will be the only Canadian artist on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, an eight-day floating tour of the Caribbean, which will also feature Taj Mahal, Joan Osborne and The Holmes Brothers. Tommy Castro, Denise LaSalle and Kenny Wayne Shepherd among many other artists.

He’s also been booked for the 2011 Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England; he’ll perform twice at the five-day festival, appearing on the Bourbon Street Blues and Jazz Stage on June 23 and on the closing day, June 26. Glastonbury calls itself the largest open air music festival in the world; all the 140,000 tickets for the event were sold in a little over four hours the day they went on sales last October.

Meanwhile, he’s currently adding the finishing touches to a major new recording, produced at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, NY, and in Nashville by Canadian producer Colin Linden. Helm’s daughter, Amy, will be featured as will former keyboard player in The Band, Garth Hudson. Release is expected in late Spring.


Wisewebwoman said...

Did you actually get to see him LIVE and in PERSON?
I am GREEN with envy if so.
I love this man's voice and his way of handling a tune.

ViewPoint2010 said...

Yes, LIVE and in PERSON! :-)
(Green is not your colour by the way - more brownish earth tones to go with your writing cabin methinks)

Matt is an extraordinary talent. He hails from a small village in New Brunswick and impressed everyone very early with his musical ability.

As the story says, he's just recorded his latest album at the legendary Levon Helm studio in New York with ├╝ber guitarist Colin Linden manning the production board. I'm looking forward to hearing it.

Last time I actually saw Matty was about three years ago when he and Charlie A'Court (from Halifax) were touring together in an acoustic show. Two exceptional talents from right here in Atlantic Canada!

You can check out one of Charlie's performances here:

Wisewebwoman said...

Will do - and lucky, lucky you!!!

Did he do "Ain't no Sunshine" by any chance?

If so I won't be green....just tell me what colour apoplexy is..:D


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