GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs in Boston, MA in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love of heavy traditional Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll of the late 50s and early 60s. Faherty and Stubbs bonded over legendary artists like Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells. Feeling a void in current music, the duo have set out to write, record and perform a modern version of this beloved art form. Joined by drummer Tim Carman in 2019, GA-20 is a trio of 2 guitars, vocals and drums. Raw, passionate and honest performance, both on stage and in the studio, is the only goal. GA-20 released their debut album “Lonely Soul” Oct 18th 2019 on Karma Chief / Colemine Records. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard blues charts.
Stubbs has spent the past 11 years as guitarist for Blues legend Charlie Musselwhite. During that time he has also backed up and toured with such Blues giants as John Hammond, James Cotton, Junior Watson and James Harman. Stubbs also leads his own original instrumental psych-rock band, ‘The Antiguas’.
JD Simo melds classic electric blues, the power of heralded British trios like Cream and the expansive sonic explorations of jazz and even The Grateful Dead into a vintage vibe that blurs the lines between genre and generations. Guitar World raved that JD Simo took “another step toward establishing himself as a contemporary blues rock giant”. His remarkable talent has earned Simo opportunities to share the stage with many notable headliners including Greta Van Fleet, Big Head Todd, Tommy Emmanuel, Blackberry Smoke and Phil Lesh & Friends.
NPR said “This Nashville blues trio sounds as if it comes to us straight from 1968.” And Rolling Stone lauded, “J.D. Simo spins soulful psychedelic blues rock with an improvisational bent reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughan”.
His new album released in August 2020 was recorded at The Sound Emporium in Nashville (Alabama shakes, Robert Plant, Jason Isbell) and produced by Eddie Spear (Brandi Carlisle, Chris Stapleton).
JD is currently scoring the new Baz Lurhman directed Warner Bros Elvis biopic starring Tom Hanks as Col Tom Parker under the music supervision of Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile), playing all guitar and co-scoring the entire movie due December 2020.