Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Monica Rizzio

Thu, August 29, 2019

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

Mississippi Studios

Portland, OR

General Admission: $10 | $2 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
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
Monica Rizzio
Monica Rizzio
With a perspective equally influenced by her Texas roots and her Cape Cod home, singer-songwriter Monica Rizzio has emerged as one of the finest talents in the east coast music scene. After a decade with Tripping Lily, a folk acoustic-pop band to which shredded fiddle and vocals, she’s now embarked on a solo career that draws on her East Texas roots for an Americana-tinged flavor of folk. Releasing her second full-length album in the fall of 2019, Monica’s songs are often autobiographical yet delivered through a fictional approach --whether using a trademark sense of humor or with such striking honesty that the pain in her voice is tangible. Her debut album, aptly named Washashore Cowgirl, is a testament to the relationships she has forged with many artists over the years, featuring Raul Malo (The Mavericks), Mark Erelli, Sierra Hull, Abbie Gardner & Molly Venter (Red Molly), Tim Chaisson (The East Pointers), Brittany Haas (Hawktail), and Laney Jones.
Venue Information:
Mississippi Studios
3939 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR, 97227
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