“Technically, he was such a gifted and bluesy player. I’m not a really good soloist – but I know how to sit down, learn, and get work done”: Jakob Nowell, son of Sublime’s Bradley, is picking up his late dad’s guitar to reunite the band and the family

Jakob Nowell with Sublime
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If you grew up in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, you may have spent countless hours with a beer in one hand and a spliff in the other, your ears tuned onto a set of speakers blaring Bradley Nowell’s classic tunes What I Got, Smoke Two Joints and Garden Grove.

Nowell’s amalgamation of skate punk, ska and reggae via his band Sublime – which he formed in Long Beach, California, in 1988 alongside drummer Bud Gaugh and bassist Eric Wilson – was a revelation. Their three albums, 40oz. to Freedom (1992), Robbin’ the Hood (1994) and Sublime (1996), are proof.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.