Blues Night on Civic Plaza featuring GA-20; Toni Morgan & Soulful Sounds; Charlie Musselwhite
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). A former background singer for the Empress of Soul, Ms. Gladys Knight, Toni Morgan has been a freelance artist since her departure from the road, performing for several events here is New Mexico, including the NM State Fair, NM Expo, Santa Fe Summer Series, NM Jazz Festival and many others. Because she loves all genres of music, she forms her bands according to request by various venues and named her group “Soulful Sounds” after realizing all the wonderful talent here in New Mexico. She loves the idea of playing with all of them at different events and performs everything from R&B and Gospel to Neo Soul and Blues. For this event, Soulful Sounds will feature Steve Figueroa, keys; Dimi DiSanti, guitar; Robert L. “Milo” Jaramillo, bass; and Jordan Adkins, drums, Grammy Award winning Blues harmonica virtuoso, singer, songwriter and guitarist Charlie Musselwhite, last heard at Outpost’s 2015 Gala fundraiser concert at the Albuquerque Museum when he was brought in to replace Taj Mahal who had to cancel at the last minute due to health reasons, returns to headline Blues on Albuquerque Civic Plaza! Boasting a fifty-year career of nonstop touring, performing and recording, Musselwhite is living proof that great music only gets better with age. Having cut his (musical) teeth alongside Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and everyone on the South side of Chicago in the early 1960’s, he is a revered elder statesman of the blues who, “more than any other harmonica player of his generation, can rightfully lay claim to inheriting the mantle of many of the great harp players that came before him with music as dark as Mississippi mud and as uplifting as the blue skies of California.” He has truly earned and deserves to be honored as a true master of American classic vernacular music. Nominated for 13 Grammy awards, including winning an award for the album, Get Up (2013) with Ben Harper, he is a 33-time Blues Music Award winner, has released over 25 albums and has collaborated with everyone from Ben Harper, Cyndi Lauper, Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, to The Blind Boys of Alabama, George Thorogood, Cat Stevens and personal friend and best man at his wedding, John Lee Hooker. With a voice and harp tone like no other, he remains at the top of his game – his depth of expression as a singer and an instrumentalist only growing deeper. FREE!