Matt Andersen, award-winning purveyor of soul-shaking blues, will release Halfway Home by Morning on March 22, 2019, via True North Records. The New Brunswick native may hail from Canada, but his sound is steeped in the sweaty roots-tinged grit of the American South. His commanding performance style is mind-blowing, and while nothing beats seeing and hearing an artist’s emotion up close and in-person, Andersen captures that magic in the in-studio video for album single “Quarter On The Ground (Song For Uncle Joe)” featuring Nashville soul and gospel fixtures The McCrary Sisters.
“Why can’t you just pick up the telephone/I just need to hear you say hello…I wish we could talk just one last time,” Andersen sings, reminiscing about the loss of a beloved uncle. “My uncle Joe was the uncle who was always stopping in for a visit or calling on the phone,” he explains of the song’s inspiration. “After he passed away, one of his brothers said that he wished he could talk on the phone with Joe just once more. While I was in Nashville recording the new album, we had The McCrary Sisters in to do some singing. I thought as a surprise for my mum I would record the song with them singing so she could have a proper recording of it,” he continues. “I never intended for this song to end up on the album but my manager convinced me otherwise. I got the chance to make this video a few weeks ago. I love getting to sing with The McCrarys,” he adds. “Sitting across from them and their harmonies is a sound to behold.” Truly, this blend of vocal harmony is heaven on earth.
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents Matt Andersen’s “Quarter On The Ground (Song For Uncle Joe)” ft. The McCrary Sisters: