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Matt Andersen & the Mellotones

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New Vision United Church

24 Main Street West

Hamilton, ON L8P 1H2

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Celebrated songwriter Matt Andersen returns to Hamilton for a night of sweat-soaked soul & incendiary rhythm and blues

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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 & theatres throughout North America, Europe and Australia, he has shared the stage & 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 & 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.

Unbridled joy springs eternal from Halfway Home by Morning. Recorded live off the floor in Nashville, Tennessee, 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.

Combining powerful vocals, dynamic horns, and a groovy rhythm section with a catalogue that dives deep into the history of soul, funk, disco, and R&B music, Halifax's The Mellotones recall an era dominated by the classics of Motown, Stax, and Chess Records. The members – Jeff Mosher (vocals/saxophone), Jody Lyne (trumpet), Eric Landry (trombone), Sean Weber (lead saxophone), Brad Conrad (guitar), Ian Mosher (keyboards), Mike Farrington Jr. (bass), and Damien Moynihan (drums) – are a remarkably tight unit. Equipped with a wealth of experience as road-tested session players and backup musicians for ECMA and JUNO Award winning artists, The Mellotones are a hard-working, well-oiled collection of some of the region’s best performers.

Amy Helm sought what she calls a "circular sound" for her new album. It's a well-rounded one, one marked by streaks of Americana, country, blues, and gospel, and the kinds of four-part harmonies that can burst open a melody and close the loop of an octave. And sentimentally, it's a sound that represents the feeling of community. This Too Shall Light (Yep Roc Records), comprises 10 songs produced by Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Joe Henry. Helm left her home and comfort zone of Woodstock, NY, choosing to record in Los Angeles within the confines of just a four-day window. The musicians were directed not to overthink the songs, and Helm herself barely performed any of the selections while leading up to the recording. As a result, the sessions forced fast musical trust among the collaborators and yielded the vibrant instrumental improvisations heard throughout This Too Shall Light.

A lifelong musician and music-lover, Helm's parents -The Band's legendary drummer and singer Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus - guided her training and influences. She later became a founding member of the alt-country collective Ollabelle and served as a backing musician in her father's Midnight Ramble Band. And on This Too Shall Light, Helm says that two songs in particular pay homage to Levon - "The Stones I Throw," a song he released in 1965 with Levon and the Hawks, and the closing traditional number, an a cappella version of the hymnal "Gloryland," which was passed from father to daughter. While This Too Shall Light is only Helm's second album under her own name, it serves as a comprehensive portrait covering her life's journeys and recoveries; They're the stories that, no matter where they take her, seem to end and begin in the same place like a circle.

Supercrawl Presents

MATT ANDERSEN & THE MELLOTONES Halfway Home Tour

with special guest Amy Helm

Sunday May 5, 2019 | 7pm door, 8pm show

New Vision United Church | Hamilton ON

GA Seated | Licensed/All-Ages

Fan Club Pre-sale Starts Wed Feb 20 @ 10am EST via stubbyfingers.ca

Public On Sale Starts Friday February 22 @ 10am EST

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