Soulful sound of Matt Andersen comes to town Sunday
WHO: The Center for the Arts presents
WHAT: Matt Andersen
WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday, July 26
WHERE: The Center for the Arts
314 W Main Street, Grass Valley
TICKETS: $22 members, $24 non-member
The Center Box Office - 530-274-8384 ext 14
BriarPatch Co-op or online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org
Powerhouse performer Matt Andersen will bring his giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence to Grass Valley Sunday, during a concert presented by the Center for the Arts.
Anderson has more than 2 million views on YouTube, 30,000 independent album sales, a 2013 European Blues Award, and won Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge. Andersen plays at least 200 shows a year.
Andersen’s discography includes seven albums, including one Christmas album, one live album, and two albums with harmonica player Mike Stevens. His 2011 album, “Coal Mining Blues,” was produced by Colin Linden and recorded at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, N.Y.
His performance of Bill Withers’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” has over 855,000 views on YouTube and is often many listeners’ first introduction to Andersen. These days, Andersen is writing and recording his own songs. With his newest release, “Weightless,” the New Brunswick native shifts his formidable talents as a blues performer to his song-craft.
“When I first started playing, I did a lot of bar gigs, just like anyone. Then when I transitioned into my own stuff, I didn’t have a whole lot of original material. And in terms of confidence, when you know what you can get out of a crowd by playing, “Ain’t No Sunshine,” it’s pretty easy to go with that to get their attention. I did that for a while; in retrospect, probably a bit too long. Now that Ain’t No Sunshine clip is most people’s introduction to me, what they’re drawn to—which is natural. It’s been a struggle, but I’ve shaken off the easy route and focused more on my own stuff at shows,” he said.
Andersen’s reputation as a bluesman won him the 2013 Euro Blues Award for Best Solo /Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and nabbed him 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
“The blues is a big part of what I do, and in my solo show some tunes are straight-up blues, for sure. But I would never stand beside B.B. King and say, ‘I play blues, too.’ None of my albums are blues albums—I’ve won blues awards with them, but I wouldn’t say they’re blues albums,” he said.
Tickets to the 8 p.m. performance are $22 for members of the Center, $24 for the general public and are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org or at BriarPatch Co-op. e Center is located at 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information, go to http://www.thecenterforthear
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