GA-20's Matthew Stubbs: “By 16, I really had the blinders on for that early electric blues sound”

GA-20's Pat Faherty [left] and Matthew Stubbs (Image credit: Rosie Coche)

“John Lee Hooker and Eddie Taylor, the Myers Brothers, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers – that lowdown, funky two-guitar thing that you hear on so many classic blues records of the late '50s is what we were most inspired by in putting this band together.” 

Guitarist Matthew Stubbs is talking about the Boston-based retro/blues band GA-20 (named after the highly collectable Gibson GA-20 amplifier introduced in 1950 and heard on many classic blues recordings) that features himself, guitarist Pat Faherty and drummer Tim Carman. 

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.