area based Blue Bella Records is a first class operation. Primarily
a blues and rock label, Blue Bella have been known to pull out all
the stops on their fantastic releases and one new one in 2010 thats
raising eyebrows is Medford & Main by guitarist Matthew
Stubbs. On first listen, this album just blows you away with some
hard-hitting bluesy rock grooves and its all instrumental so
you can really focus on Matthews emotional guitar tracks. For
inspiration listen no further than the lead off Medford &
Main title track. What a powerhouse song. Its so great
you have a hard time getting to track 2! Who said theres nothing
new under the sun regarding instro guitar sounds from America? So
who can you compare the Stubbs effect to? Well my first comparison
is Americas greatest soul-rock guitarist Steve Cropper, whose
guitar sound graced so many classic Stax R&B chestnutsfrom
Otis Redding to Booker T & The MGsduring the 60s.
Cropper will flip for Stubbs new one. Others have compared Matthew
to greats like Lonnie Mack and some also cite Matthews work
with the classic bluesy vibe of the Charlie Musselwhite band but clearly,
theres a smokin new guitar vibe here indeed. Recorded
during 2009 up around Matthews Boston area, Medford &
Main features some great players backing up the Stubbs guitar
sound including Chris Rivelli (drums), Marc Hickox (bass)
and more including a rockin horn section too. If you miss the
classic Cropper guitar sound from the Booker T. days, pick up on Matthews
Medford & Main. You wont be disappointed. www.MatthewStubbs.net
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have been playing guitar for 14 years. My father, Dale Stubbs is also
a guitarist so I grew up around live music. I currently tour with
The Charlie Musselwhite Band (www.charliemusselwhite.com)
as well as my own band The Matthew Stubbs Band. Before joining Musselwhites
band I toured with a number of blues and roots acts such as John Nemeth,
Janiva Magness, Junior Watson, Lynwood Slim & Sax Gordon.
My new CD is Medford & Main on the Blue Bella Label,
it comes out March 16, 2010. It was recorded at Middleville Studio
in North Reading, MA. during 2009. Its an all original instrumental
record. I wrote all the tunes and Sax Gordon did the horn arrangements.
Its a mix of 60s rockin Memphis soul/blues &
roots. The band lineup is Matthew Stubbs - electric guitar & baritone
guitar, Sax Gordon - tenor sax, Tino Barker - baritone sax, Scott
Aruda - trumpet, Chris Rivelli - drums, Marc Hickox & Wolf Ginandes
- electric bass. For the most part the CD was recorded live with minimal
I used many different guitars & vintage amps on this record.
In the CD liner notes for the new CD Medford & Main I listed
each combination of guitar, amp & effects for each track. I am
a total vintage amp junky! Here is a list of everything that was used
on Medford & Main.
Guitars - 67 Fender Tele, 62 RI Tele custom, Parts Stratocaster,
56 RI Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, Gibson ES-295 RI, Gibson SG Standard,
Amplifiers - 60s Ampeg Reverbrocket 2 (my favorite amp of all
time), 60s Blackface Fender Super Reverb, 60s Deluxe Reverb,
60s Brown Fender Princeton, 60s Vox AC-30, 50s Gibson
GA-20, Silvertone 1482.
Effect Pedals - 60s Premier Reverb Tank, Line 6 MM4, Boss Blues
For live shows I mostly use my 62 RI Telecaster, 56 RI
Les Paul & 61 RI Gibson SG with two 60s Ampeg Reverbrocket
2. On my pedal board I have the Line6 MM4 (for trem & vibrato),
V-Stack Tweedy (for a nice tweed overdrive), Boss tuner, Seymour Duncan
Pickup Booster (for a clean boost).
I setup all my guitars with with DAddario .011-.049 round wound
strings with the action on the high side. My Telecaster and Les Paul
has Don Mare pickups and the SG has the stock humbuckers.
I would have to say my biggest musical influences are in blues
and soul. I grew up playing almost all blues and have gotten into
other styles through the years. Some of my favorite blues/soul guitarists
are Earl Hooker, Lonnie Mack, Steve Cropper, Ike Turner, Johnny Guitar
Watson, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Teenie Hodges. I am also a huge fan
of short melodic style songs so I really dig lots of 60s soul
and rockn roll / pop such as The Kinks, The Beatles, Booker
T & MGs etc. Some of my all time favorite albums are Lonnie
Mack - Memphis Wham,The
Beatles - Revolver, Junior Wells w/Buddy Guy - Hoodoo Man
Blues, Billy Preston - Wildest Organ In Town, Earl Hooker
- Theres A Fungus Among Us, Beck - Odelay along
with many many others.
I have already started writing tunes for another instrumental
record but not sure when I will get into the studio. I have a lot
of tours coming up this summer with Charlie Musselwhite starting with
a 4 week european tour in March/April and many USA dates to follow
that. Its looking to be a very busy year.
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org