Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Terra Lightfoot

Tue, September 25, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Mississippi Studios

Portland, OR

General Admission $16.50 | $3.50 increase day of show

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Matt Andersen
Matt Andersen
Unbridled joy springs eternal from Halfway Home by Morning. Recorded live off the floor in
Nashville, Tennessee, celebrated songwriter Matt Andersen’s tenth album collects all the
essential elements for a down-home ramble and shoots them through with enough electrifying
energy to drive the rock ‘n’ roll faithful to simmer, shimmy, and shake. Over its lucky 13 tracks,
he explores every facet of his sound—sweat-soaked soul, incendiary rhythm and blues,
heartbroken folk, and gritty Americana—and binds them together with palpable heart, as the
band leaves everything they’ve got on the sweet old hardwood of the Southern Ground studio,
in the same spot that legends like Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, and Jerry Lee Lewis turned up
the volume ‘til it couldn’t go up anymore.
Along with the infiltrating buzz of Music City putting its stamp on the record, the studio itself
became like a second home for Matt and the band. He and bassist Mike Farrington would
routinely kick back with a drink and just listen to the horn section reminisce about the players
they’d shared the stage with, and the kitchen took on its typical all-important role as war room,
the spot where meals brought the whole crew together to plot next steps. Sometimes it’s tension
that shapes a record. But what Halfway Home by Morning offers is soul rejuvenation, looking
outward at the anxious state of the world and offering a helping hand, or searching inward to
clarify what really matters. And to make a record like that, with warmth and verve, you need to
keep your comrades close and feelin’ right. “There really is nothing like listening back in the
studio and everybody has the same smile on their face over what we’re hearing,” Matt says.
“You can’t fake the vibe of musicians playing together, responding to the choices others are
making in that moment.”
Of course, fake vibes were never a threat to Matt. The native New Brunswicker has proven time
and time again, on stages everywhere from clubs to theatres, that he’s the genuine article. And
Halfway Home by Morning is as honest and compromise free as anything he’s ever done. It
stands apart, though, injected with that feelgood swagger that comes from everyone making a
racket in the same room. “What Would Your Mama Say?” opens things up on with a slithering
groove, introducing us to the velvet smooth backing vocals of The McCrary Sisters. Amy Helm
joins the party to slow burn the place down on “Something to Lose,” a righteously tender duet
that explores the long, scarred, and loving history of a relationship. “Gasoline” blazes
appropriately with horn blasts and tambourine shuffle, as Matt urges all good people of the
world: “Let’s start living and forgiving like we’re running out of time.” The acoustic bounce of
“Long Rider” belies its road dog lament, pumping ragged soul like they’ve got just enough in the
tank to get home. “Been My Last” is a devotional for the ages, with pedal steel sweeping in to
burst your heart. And things finish on a relatively sparse, but overwhelmingly poignant note:
“Quarter on the Ground (A Song For Uncle Joe)” recalls a conversation between Matt’s mother
and uncle, as the latter wishes he could hear Joe’s voice over the phone just one more time.
It should come as no surprise that such a commanding performer, set loose on tape, has built a
record that’ll make you dance uncontrollably, weep unashamedly, and fill up any dark spots in
your soul with a blast of sonic light. Nearly two decades into his career, still armed with his
signature room-shaking, heart-quaking voice, Matt Andersen can’t fail. Halfway Home by
Morning is the sound of an artist doing what he was born to do—laying his soul bare using the
music that can’t help but run through him. And doing it with more jubilation than he ever has
before.
About Matt Andersen
A powerhouse performer with a giant, soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt
Andersen has built a formidable following the old-fashioned way: touring worldwide and letting
his stunned audiences and new devotees spread the good word of his righteous tunes all over.
And the world has indeed woken up and discovered him, helping him amass over 18 million
views on YouTube. 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 nabbed the 2013 and 2016 European Blues Award for Best
Solo/Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and was the first ever Canadian to take
home top honours in the solo/duo category at 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
Terra Lightfoot
Terra Lightfoot
Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. 2015’s Every Time My Mind Runs Wild marked the artist’s arrival as a striking songwriter and compelling live performer. 2017 brought two new albums: the orchestral collaboration Live in Concert and her third studio album, New Mistakes. On the latter, Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing — one that has won praise from the likes of No Depression, Pop Matters, Guitar Player, Twangville, and The Boot, and earned a nomination for a 2018 JUNO Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. Terra has toured the UK multiple times in the last two years, will come to the UK fresh from a six-week run supporting The Posies on their US tour dates, and closes out her summer supporting the legendary Willie Nelson on a Toronto date.
Venue Information:
Mississippi Studios
3939 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR, 97227
http://www.mississippistudios.com/
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