Matt Andersen tones down the flashy fretwork on Weightless

By Steve Newton Neil Young has been in the news a lot lately for his opposition to the Alberta tarsands, but not everyone is in a mood to bash the controversial moneymaker. On his new album, Weightless, Matt Andersen has a song cowritten with Dave Gunning called “Alberta Gold” that—in its lyrics about Maritimers heading west … Continue reading Matt Andersen tones down the flashy fretwork on Weightless

Matt Andersen’s Weightless energized by Hip producer Berlin

Steve Berlin first got noticed on the music scene as a saxophonist for the Blasters, and later on Los Lobos, but in recent years he’s been known just as much for his producer credits, having helmed records by such diverse artists as Susan Tedeschi, Deer Tick, Leo Kottke, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Leftover Salmon. Berlin’s latest … Continue reading Matt Andersen’s Weightless energized by Hip producer Berlin

Stubby fingers don’t slow Matt Andersen down

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 14, 2010 By Steve Newton When you hear New Brunswick fretmaster Matt Andersen wailing away on “Better Days”–a track off Piggyback, the 2009 album he made with Canadian harmonica ace Mike Stevens–the word dextrous comes to mind, because he’s tearing off enough rapid-fire acoustic licks to challenge Eddie Van Halen … Continue reading Stubby fingers don’t slow Matt Andersen down

interviews

Some of my interviews, arranged alphabetically, from AC/DC to ZZ Top AC/DC Malcolm Young & Brian Johnson, 1983 AEROSMITH Joe Perry, Sept. 2010 AEROSMITH Steven Tyler, 1997 AEROSMITH Joe Perry, 1997 AEROSMITH Tom Hamilton, 1994 AEROSMITH Joe Perry, 1988 AEROSMITH Tom Hamilton, 1983 TOMMY ALDRIDGE 2001 ALICE IN CHAINS Jerry Cantrell, 1991 ALL Bill Stevenson, 1993 … Continue reading interviews