Matt Andersen Keeps It ‘Honest’

Canadian Matt Andersen’s next U.S. road trip in support of his “Honest Man” album begins April 28 in Ann Arbor, Mich., and presents more opportunities for you to experience the soul/blues powerhouse in action.

Honest Man, the follow-up to his 2015 Juno Award-nominated album, Weightless, was produced by Commissioner Gordon (Amy Winehouse, Quincy Jones, Joss Stone, Santana).  The first single from the LP is “Let’s Get Back.”

But it’s the album’s title track that’s getting attention these days, mainly because it’s based upon a political cartoon and taps into the maelstrom that is the U.S. 2016 presidential campaign.

“‘Honest Man’ is a plea for people to avoid getting caught up in the circus of pounding fists and hollow promises, to search for the ones who are really out there to do the right thing and move forward, not backward,” Andersen told Relix. “What got me thinking about this idea was an editorial cartoon of Trump and Sanders at a press conference.  The cartoon clearly depicted that the press was much more interested in catching Trump’s ‘car accident’ speech – the kind you hate to see but can’t look away from – and ignoring Sanders who was trying to touch on the real issues.”

Andersen’s tour plans include shows in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia before his next U.S. leg begins.  Here’s the rundown:

April 11 – Fredericton, New Brunswick, Fredericton Playhouse
April 12 – Fredericton, New Brunswick, Fredericton Playhouse
April 13 – Moncton, New Brunswick, Capitol Theatre
April 14 – Saint John, N.B., Imperial Theatre
April 15 – Halifax, N.S., Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
April 16 – Halifax, N.S., Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
April 28 – Ann Arbor, Mich., The Ark
April 29 – Chicago, Ill., Schubas Tavern
April 30 – Saint Paul, Minn., Turf Club
May 1 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa, CSPS
May 2 – Omaha, Neb., Slowdown
May 3 – Kansas City, Mo., Gospel Lounge @ Knuckleheads
May 4 – Salina, Kan., The Stiefel Theatre For Perf. Arts 
May 5 – Dallas, Texas, The Kessler Theater
May 6 – Austin, Texas, Cactus Café
May 7 – Conroe, Texas, Dosey Doe Coffee House
May 8 – San Antonio, Texas, Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall
May 9 – Albuquerque, N.M., The Cooperage
May 10 – Tucson, Ariz., Club Congress
May 11 – Phoenix, Ariz., MIM Music Theater
May 12 – San Diego, Calif., Winston’s Beach Club
May 13 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Mint
May 14 – San Francisco, Calif., Brick & Mortar Music Hall
May 15 – Santa Cruz, Calif., Moe’s Alley
May 18 – Bend, Ore., Volcanic Theatre Pub
May 19 – Portland, Ore., McMenamins White Eagle Saloon
May 20 – Seattle, Wash., The Triple Door
May 21 – Electric City, Wash., Sunbanks Lake Resort (Sunbanks Rhythm & Blues Festival)

Some shows are already on sale.  Click here for more details.