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Album Review

A rarity in that there are few instrumental contemporary blues albums (the Debbie Davies CD Holdin' Court comes to mind), Matthew Stubbs has pulled it off nicely with a set of originals that sound pure and true to the electric urban tradition. Armed with a variety of vintage Stratocaster, Telecaster, and Gibson Les Paul models, Stubbs and his band, with a three-piece horn complement featuring tenor saxophonist/arranger Sax Gordon, ease through a variety of old-school styles, with a modicum of twang and plenty of soul. Simple rock-based beats and guitar lines drive the title track, while Stubbs works his vibrato bar and reverb on "Double N" and recalls Eddie Floyd's "Groove Me" during "Waffles." Stubbs uses a baritone guitar on the slow, serene, Latin-flavored "Mangos," and dips into the slowed-down, deep Otis Redding soulful sound during "Sleepy Eyes" without any need for a lyric. It's the guitar of Stubbs that does all the talking here, and that should be good enough for any staunch blues fan. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

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Vintage Sounds for the 21st Century

Matt Stubbs combines vintage styles and sounds to create his own musical tapestry that blends elements of '50s surfer/proto rock, Memphis soul, raunchy blues, and tender ballads. Medford & Main is an unexpected, unassuming little record that is charming, funny, and noirish without saying a word. It's too early to say it's the best record I'll hear this year and with great albums from Nick Moss and Kilborn Alley Blues Band already out and High Violet from The National just around the corner but I have a gut feeling when the dust settles on 2010 this is going to be my favorite.

Medford & Main, Matthew Stubbs
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Rock
  • Released: Mar 16, 2010

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