[Cover photo credit to GRAG Studio]
Celebrated Canadian musician Matt Andersen has unveiled “Only an Island” from his upcoming album, The Big Bottle of Joy, out March 10th, 2023 on Sonic Records. “Only an Island” finds the singer/songwriter/guitarist lamenting love lost.
On “Only an Island” Andersen says:
I toured with Port Cities a few years back, I heard them do this song and fell in love with it. If you’ve got a person in your life, hang onto them.
While “Only an Island” captures the an emotional moment, The Big Bottle of Joy album is essentially a celebration. The release features Blues, Americana, Folk, and Gospel elements. Throughout, Andersen seeks to convey “joy in the life we all share together”. The eight piece band called The Big Bottle of Joy is the source of this energy.
Somebody told me a long time ago that when you put a band together, you need to make yourself the weakest musician. So that’s always what I’ve done. And they’re all just absolutely monstrous at what they do.
Musicians include Geoff Arsenault (drums), Mike Farrington Jr. (bass), Kim Dunn (piano), Cory Tetford (guitar) and Chris Kirby (organ, piano) and Reeny, Haliey and Micah Smith provide harmonies.
The Big Bottle of Joy is Andersen’s 10th studio album and follows 2022’s House to House. Catch Matt Andersen on tour in February, with Mariel Buckley in support.
Feb 1 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door
Feb 2 – Portland, OR – Alberta Rose Theatre
Feb 3 – Lincoln City, OR – Lincoln City Cultural Center
Feb 4 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
Feb 5 – Baker City, OR – Churchill School
Feb 7 – Felton, CA – Felton Music Hall
Feb 8 – Novato, CA – HopMonk Tavern
Feb 9 – Venice, CA – The Venice West
Feb 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe
Feb 11 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
Feb 13 – Santa Fe, NM – Tumbleroot Brewery
Feb 14 – Denver, CO – Soiled Dove
Feb 15 – Salina, KS – Stiefel Theatre
Feb 16 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads
Feb 17 – Dallas, TX – Poor David’s Pub
Feb 18 – Austin, TX – Cactus Cafe
Feb 19 – The Woodlands, TX – Dosey Doe – The Big Barn
Feb 21 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
Feb 22 – Nashville, TN – City Winery Lounge
Feb 23 – St Louis, MO – Blue Strawberry