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From No Depression: “Canadian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Matt Anderson grew up in the village of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. Life in that blue collar small town on the banks of the Saint John River is fused into his music. In 2010, Andersen won the top prize for a solo/duo at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, beating artists from 11 other countries and five continents — the first Canadian to prevail over the event’s 26 year history. His prize included festival gigs in America, France, and Italy, and a slot on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. More honors came in 2011 with the Maple Blues Awards Entertainer of the Year and Acoustic Act of the Year. Anderson recently signed with True North Records, who brought in Steve Berlin to produce his latest album Weightless, shifting his formidable talents as a blues performer to his songcraft. None the less, Matt has built a formidable following the old fashioned way, touring worldwide and playing at least 200 shows a year.”
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 audience spread his reputation through word of mouth. In addition to headlining major festivals, clubs and theatres 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 the 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.
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.”