Matt Andersen – Coal Mining Blues (Busted Flat Records)

In listening to the latest record from New Brunswick bluesman Matt Andersen, you can’t help but get the feeling he is on the cusp of really blowing up. There is a reason the man is selling out shows wherever he plays: the passion he has for his music bleeds through his soulful vocals and every note of every song on Coal Mining Blues. Recorded at the studio of Band drummer Levon Helm, Andersen’s mix of blues, roots and rock shines on tracks like Fired Up, Heartbreaker and Make You Stay. Andersen’s ability to offset the album’s electric moments with the beauty and relative simplicity of tracks like Willie’s Diamond Joe and Home Sweet Home shows that he truly is a force to be reckoned with.