(SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2023)
17th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival
Santa Fe Railyard Park | 740 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501
sponsored by the City of Santa Fe and the New Mexico Music Commission
GA-20 is spearheading a movement— a new traditional blues revival. The dynamic, throwback Boston-based blues trio featuring guitarist Matt Stubbs (lead guitarist for Charlie Musselwhite for ten years) vocalist Pat Faherty, and drummer Tim Carman, “are disciples of the place where traditional blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll intersect,” and they have been at the forefront of traditional blues revival since they first formed in 2018. Recently featured in a cover story in Performer Magazine, they have skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Blues Chart and recently released their third full-length album, Crackdown, topping the Billboard Chart again as one of the Top Blues Albums. Currently on an extensive tour to promote the new album, the band notes that traditional blues has not seen the same recent massive revival as traditional country, soul and funk music, and they are excited that this new album and tour will rev that traditional blues revival right up! Expanding on their previous releases, the new album features “an unvarnished, ramshackle blues that is at once traditional and refreshingly modern . . . finding inspiration on the edges of the genre, where early electric blues first converged with country and rock ‘n’ roll . . . reminiscent of The Ramones, Crackdown is rowdy and fun, filled with instantly memorable, and well-crafted songs” (Mint Talent Group). The grandson of Mississippi Hill Country Blues legend Junior Kimbrough, Cameron Kimbrough spent his childhood nights in Juke Joints watching his grandfather, a host of talented uncles, and his father Kenny Kimbrough sing and play the blues. Watching the music take people away from the hardships of their daily lives, he notes, “It was like people were cleansing themselves. It looked like church, except communion was every day.” Cameron eventually joined up with bluesman, Lightnin Malcolm and together they created a dynamic two-piece drum and guitar band with whom he recorded the critically acclaimed live album, Renegade in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Kimbrough has toured the U.S. playing everywhere from California to North Carolina and his soulful voice combined with his natural talent has led him to grace many festival stages including Blues Rules in Crissier, Switzerland, the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi and others. FREE!