Matthew Francis Andersen “Pine River” (Independent, 2020)

The third album by Chicago-born Matthew Francis Andersen is a collection of songs themed around a fictional town called Pine River. From the off, it feels like this is a place that’s very familiar and has been visited countless times before. “Have you got another bottle?” he asks on the opener, ‘Absolutely’, a tired, bluesy, country-boogie shuffle that sounds like it was found lying on the floor of a touristy bar somewhere in Nashville or Austin – the album was recorded in the latter city. Continue reading “Matthew Francis Andersen “Pine River” (Independent, 2020)”