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    • 11/25/21 Edmonton at Blues on Whyte
    • 11/26/21 Calgary at Arts Commons
    • 11/27/21 Calgary at Arts Commons
    • 12/17/21 Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
    • 01/21/22 St. Petersburg, FL at BANANAS in-store

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    GA-20’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM “GA-20 DOES HOUND DOG TAYLOR: TRY IT… YOU MIGHT LIKE IT!” OUT AUGUST 20, 2021!

    A TRIBUTE TO HOUND DOG TAYLOR FROM COLEMINE RECORDS’ IMPRINT KARMA CHIEF RECORDS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALLIGATOR RECORDS!

    GA-20 HITS THE ROAD THIS FALL FOR MASSIVE U.S. TOUR CO-HEADLINING WITH JD SIMO! (TOUR DATES BELOW)

    Blues music is revered for its timelessness. The best blues – no matter how old – sounds as fresh and visceral today as it did when first recorded. The high-energy electric blues trio GA-20 – guitarist Matt Stubbs, guitarist/vocalist Pat Faherty, and drummer Tim Carman – know this well. Since first forming in 2018, GA-20 has drawn inspiration for their primal, original music from late 1950s/early 1960s blues, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. They use rare and vintage gear (including at times the famed Gibson GA-20 amplifier for which the band is named), creating powerfully raw, driving music that is at once traditional and refreshingly modern. The band’s dynamic self-penned songs sound and feel as fresh and real as the old blues they love and perform, including songs by Otis Rush, J.B. Lenoir, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells and especially their favorite, Hound Dog Taylor. According to Stubbs, “Not enough people know just how cool Hound Dog Taylor was.”

    Legendary six-fingered Chicago bluesman Theodore Roosevelt “Hound Dog” Taylor always knew how he wanted to be remembered, declaring, “When I die they’ll say, ‘he couldn’t play shit, but he sure made it sound good!’” His first full length recording in 1971 was also the first album on now world-famous Alligator Records, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. In fact, label president Bruce Iglauer founded Alligator for the sole purpose of recording and releasing that album. Fifty years later, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers is considered a classic of the genre, and Alligator boasts a catalog of over 350 blues and roots rock releases. With Taylor on wild slide guitar, Brewer Phillips picking out the bass notes on his beat-up Telecaster guitar, and Ted Harvey driving the beat at breakneck speed, the band – playing their second-hand instruments through third-hand amps – made a loud, fast and joyful noise. Famed critic Robert Christgau referred to them as “the Ramones of the blues.” At the time, Iglauer figured, “If I love this band and this music so much, everyone else will love them too.”

    Now, Colemine Records – working in partnership with Alligator Records – will release GA-20’s new full-length album, GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor: Try It…You Might Like It!, featuring 10 songs written or performed by the Chicago blues legend. From the fiery first single and album opener She’s Gone to the blistering Sadie to the all-time Hound Dog classic Give Me Back My Wig, GA-20 deliver one electrifying track after another. According to Stubbs, “We feel a strong connection to the unique setup of two guitars and drums with no bass, and we all have massive appreciation of Hound Dog’s raw and no-frills sound. It’s essentially what we try to do as a band.”

    With 2021 marking the 50th anniversary of both Alligator Records and Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers, the timing for GA-20 to record these songs seemed perfect. With the pandemic shutdown and tour dates postponed, the band was ready for something new. As fate would have it, Iglauer, not knowing the band was under exclusive contract, approached Stubbs about a potential project with Alligator. Since GA-20 was already committed to Colemine, the idea to work together with Alligator on this album was born. Alligator continues its 50th anniversary celebration by working with GA-20 and Colemine Records to present a new album of Hound Dog Taylor’s music, while the band gives their fans some of the most raw and honest performances imaginable with Try It…You Might Like It!

    According to Colemine Records owner Terry Cole, Try It…You Might Like It! is a natural fit for both labels. “Teaming up with Alligator for this release feels like a perfect pairing! Alligator was created to give Hound Dog Taylor a home, and over the last 50 years, the label has established itself as a perennial winner in the blues world. With GA-20, we’re really excited about applying some of the old-school production techniques found on most of our soul records to the blues genre. Using just a few mics and recording live, all together in one room, is really what makes so many classic blues, soul, and R&B records so special!”

    Alligator’s Iglauer is thrilled to be working with the band. “GA-20 absolutely glory in the rough-edged, unvarnished Chicago blues of Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. GA-20 are among the very few artists who have captured the band’s raw essence. Hound Dog would be proud that they are delivering his music so well. They rock the house!”

    Heading into the recording session for Try It…You Might Like It!, the plan was to keep everything as true to the way Hound Dog recorded as possible. Stubbs spoke to Iglauer on several occasions to get info on those early sessions and for the details of the guitars and amps that Hound Dog and Brewer used. Stubbs explains, “Pat and I searched out four 1960’s Teisco/Kingston guitars to find the one with the closest tone to Hound Dog’s original, and Pat used a vintage 1960’s Silvertone amp – the same as Hound Dog. I used a vintage Telecaster and vintage Fender amp like Brewer Phillips played.” They tracked the songs in under two days, live, all in one room, and in no more than three takes per song, just as Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers did. Stubbs continues, “Our essential goal was to capture the spirit and vibe of Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers and (Hound Dog’s second album) Natural Boogie, and I believe we did just that.”

    According to Stubbs, “Some music is more than just music, it comes with a feeling. To me, Hound Dog was raw and visceral, and all of these things that really appeal to me and that I try to bring to my own approach on guitar. It was an exciting challenge to try to embody that on this record, in playing and production.” Guitarist Faherty agrees, saying, “Hound Dog is everything I want to be in blues. No one else today even comes close.” And Carman still can’t get enough of that drum sound. “In my opinion, Ted Harvey is one of the most underrated and underappreciated drummers of all time. I learned a lot from studying Harvey’s playing, especially the way he interacted with Brewer and Hound Dog while still maintaining a driving groove. His ride cymbal playing was one of a kind.”

    Matt Stubbs is a 12-year veteran (and still a member) of blues master Charlie Musselwhite’s touring band. He’s performed with James Cotton and John Hammond, among many others. Faherty played rock and metal guitar until he was bitten by the blues bug. The two met in Boston, and their mutual love of traditional electric blues, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll led them to write, perform and eventually record their modern vision of this life-altering music. Upon forming in 2018, GA-20 quickly began to draw a following, and the band soon signed with acclaimed soul/R&B label Colemine Records, releasing their debut, Lonely Soul, in 2019 to widespread critical and popular acclaim. The album premiered in the #2 position on the Billboard Blues Chart. Their EP Live Vol. 1 seemingly came out of nowhere to debut at #1 a year later. Medium.com declared, “This is the kind of music that travels through time while taking from the era where it was born and turning it into something fresh. Dirty and raw…timeless and modern.”

    GA-20 hit the road hard, performing live at every opportunity, earning new fans at every club, concert hall and festival they played from coast to coast. Now with GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor: Try It…You Might Like It!, GA-20 unleashes this timeless, down and dirty music, making it breathe and live as forcefully today as it did back when Hound Dog Taylor was spitting fire. Alligator’s Iglauer says, “No one made a more wonderfully glorious racket than Hound Dog, Brewer Phillips and Ted Harvey.” GA-20 certainly comes close, as the racket made by Matt Stubbs, Pat Faherty and Tim Carman is also pretty damn glorious. “Ultimately,” says Stubbs, “we think Hound Dog fans and blues fans will love this record, and we’re proud to bring his sound to a new audience.” – Marc Lipkin

    GA-20’s new album GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor: Try It…You Might Like It! will be available August 20th on vinyl, CD and digital/streaming formats via Karma Chief Records & Alligator Records. Link to pre-order: https://ffm.to/kcr12017

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    GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor: Try It…You Might Like It! Tracklist:
    1. She’s Gone (watch official music video)
    2. Let’s Get Funky (watch official music video)
    3. Sitting At Home Alone
    4. Phillips Goes Bananas
    5. It’s Alright
    6. Give Me Back My Wig
    7. It Hurts Me Too
    8. See Me In The Evening
    9. Sadie
    10. Hawaiian Boogie

    GA-20 (photo: Fancey Pansen)

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    FOR MORE INFO ON GA-20:
    https://www.ga20band.com
    https://www.facebook.com/GA20blues

    FOR MORE INFO ON KARMA CHIEF RECORDS:
    https://www.coleminerecords.com/collections/karma-chief

    FOR MORE INFO ON COLEMINE RECORDS:
    https://www.coleminerecords.com

    FOR MORE INFO ON ALLIGATOR RECORDS:
    https://www.alligator.com

    FOR RADIO AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:
    Tony Bonyata
    Pavement PR
    p: 262.903.7775
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    GA-20 2021 TOUR DATES

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    PREVIOUS PRESS RELEASE FOR GA-20’S DEBUT ALBUM “LONELY SOUL”…

    GA-20’s NEW “LONELY SOUL” ALBUM DEBUTS AT THE #2 SPOT ON BILLBOARD’S BLUES ALBUM CHART!

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE FULL ALBUM VIA SPOTIFY

    BOSTON-BASED BLUES GROUP IS LED BY MATTHEW STUBBS (CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE’S LONGTIME GUITARIST) AND SINGER/GUITARIST PAT FAHERTY

    GA-20’s Matthew Stubbs & Pat Faherty (photo credit: Rosie Coche)

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    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. Live, 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.

    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.

    GA-20’s new album Lonely Soul is out now via Karma Chief Records. Click here to order.

    Big thanks to the following stations that have already been spinning GA-20’s new Lonely Soul LP…
    ART SOUND FM (Canberra, Australia)
    B.B. KING’S BLUESVILLE (Sirius / XM Radio)
    BLUES ON THE HILL (Victoria, AU blues radio show)
    BOX OF FROGS RADIO SHOW (Victoria, AU radio)
    TRIPLE U FM (Nowra NSW Australia radio)
    THE FACE RADIO (Brooklyn, NY)
    KAOS (Olympia, WA)
    KCEI (Red River, NM)
    KDHX (St. Louis, MO)
    KDNK (Glenwood Springs, CO)
    KDUR (Durango, CO)
    KFAI (Minneapolis, MN)
    KEXP (Seattle)
    KHOL (Jackson Hole, WY)
    KMUD (Garberville, CA)
    KMUN (Astoria, OR)
    KOTO (Telluride, CO)
    KPCW (Park City, UT)
    KPTZ (Port Townsend, WA)
    KRFC (Fort Collins, CO)
    KRVM (Eugene, OR)
    KRZA (Alamosa, CO)
    KSJD (Cortez, CO)
    KTUH (Honolulu, HI)
    KUAA (Salt Lake City, UT)
    KUBU (Sacramento, CA)
    KVNF (Paonia, CO)
    KWUR (St. Louis, MO)
    KXCI (Tucson, AZ )
    KZMU (Moab, UT)
    RADIO BOISE (Boise, ID)
    ROUTES & BRANCHES (music blog/podcast)
    VINKOVCI RADIO 90.2 (Croatia radio)
    WAYO (Rochester NY)
    WBRS (Waltham, MA)
    WCUW (Worcester, MA)
    WDCB (Chicago, IL)
    WERU (Bluehill, ME)
    WFHB (Bloomington, IN)
    WFIV (Loudon, TN)
    WFMU (Jersey City, NJ)
    WFVR (South Royalton, VT)
    WKKL (Cape Code. MA)
    WMBR (Cambridge, MA)
    WMEB (Orono, ME)
    WMFO (Medford, MA)
    WMSE (Milwaukee, WI)
    WMPG (Gorham, ME)
    WNCW (Charlotte, NC)
    WPKN (Bridgeport, CT)
    WMRW (Warren, VT)
    WOJB (Reserve, WI)
    WOMR (Provincetown, MA)
    WPKN (Bridgeport, CT)
    WQFS (Greensboro, NC)
    WRIR (Richmond, VA)
    WRUV (BURLINGTON, VT)
    WRUW (Cleveland, OH )
    WSCA (Portsmouth, NH)
    WSUM (Madison, WI)
    WXNA (Nashville, TN)
    WXRT (Chicago, IL)

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    FOR MORE INFO ON GA-20:
    http://www.facebook.com/GA20blues

    FOR MORE INFO ON KARMA CHIEF RECORDS:
    http://www.facebook.com/karmachiefrecords

    FOR MORE INFO ON COLEMINE RECORDS:
    http://www.coleminerecords.com

    FOR MEDIA AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:
    Tony Bonyata
    Pavement PR
    p: 262.903.7775
    e: tony[AT]pavementpr.com
    http://www.pavementpr.com

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  • Here’s what critics have been saying about GA-20…

    “GA-20 commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Hound Dog Taylor’s raw debut (and the first Alligator Records release) Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers, and it enhances their own reputation whilst displaying true affection and respect for Hound Dog’s legacy. Its vibrant live sound, captured in two days straight to the studio board, is authentically Taylor in an eleven-song, thirty-four-minute energy eruption.” – David Innes, RNR MAGAZINE | UK

    Raw and powerful… tight and melodic… delivered with an aggressive edge that’s deep down in the groove… Retro blues wailers with impressive pedigrees and total dedication. – GUITAR WORLD

    A raucous throwback to the raw intimacy of vintage Chicago blues. Potent performances are modern-day variations of the joyous menace of the heyday of Chess Records… Muscular power and passion in a straightforward lo-fi style. – ALLMUSIC

    Searing, snarling, sinister… the earthy, no-frills music expresses an unfettered enthusiasm. – LIVING BLUES

    “This is jump blues that’s combined with early R&B, then produced by snarling guitars and scorching, distorted vocals that somehow manage to sound vintage and fresh at the same time. If the blues did have a baby, and they named it rock & roll, GA-20 went back in time and were in the delivery room.” – JD Nash, AMERICAN BLUES SCENE

    “… pure vintage blues gold. GA-20 are poised to be the biggest thing to hit the blues scene in a generation.” – Marc Michael, THE PULSE

    [Album Of The Week] “The most noticeable thing about Lonely Soul is the vintage tones. Press play and visions of smoking indoors with some whiskey on the rocks come to mind. It’s the kind of music that travels through time while taking from the era where it was born and turning it into something fresh. Make sure to get your hands on this debut.” – Rob Duguay, MEDIUM

    “… a total scorcher. Sounding like a lost ‘60s Bo Diddley or Buddy Guy rocker, ‘Lonely Soul’ bops with a Chicago blues swagger and smolders with a cool that we haven’t heard since Leon Bridges first burst onto the scene. This is a perfect soul blues nugget that you’ll certainly want to blast hundreds of times before their full LP drops in October.” – RECORD CRATES UNITED

    [4/5 stars] “If you like your blues young, loud and snotty, then Boston-based GA-20 may be your delicious whisky in a jar. The heavily reverbed, snarling guitar sound of Matthew Stubbs and echoed vocals and guitar by Pat Faherty reach back decades to the good stuff… the real killer electric blues.” – Jeff Monk, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    “… a modern version of traditional blues, R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll. Their new single, ‘Lonely Soul,’ is all of that. From the opening scream, you know this song is going to be a lot more rock ‘n’ roll than most neo-soul songs out there today.” – IF IT’S TOO LOUD

    “GA-20, led by blues guitarists Matthew Stubbs and Pat Faherty, mines the 1950s and 1960s territory where blues, R&B and rock & roll came together in both a sensual and fiery way.” – Mayer Danzig, TWANGVILLE

    “You can’t go wrong with a short, sharp shot of classic rhythm and blues. GA-20’s Lonely Soul album arrives Oct. 18, but you can get up on what they’re putting down by tuning into their single ‘Lonely Soul,’ a 116-second hit of old-school twang, thump ’n’ wail.” – Darryl Sterdan, TINNITIST

    “… sounds like something Junior Wells would have done if he ever recorded with Fat Possum. This is an interesting album because GA-20 produces a traditional blues sound with a modern-rock twist. You can get down with this just like you can with any classic blues artist.” – Gary Schwind, AMERICANA HIGHWAYS

    “… mixes blues and soul with a dash of rock’n’roll. The songs are on the shorter end, offering great nuggets showcasing each musician’s character, instrumental skills and arranging choices.” – Cassie Betten, WYCE RADIO

    “Old-school blues done by new-school cats.” – BOSTON HERALD

    “What’s so impressive about GA-20’s Lonely Soul is that it perfectly captures retro sounds while also managing to sound contemporary.” – Steve Ovadia, GLIDE MAGAZINE

    “GA-20 are the real deal.” – THE ARTS FUSE

    [4/5 stars] ”… an album that goes well beyond being labeled a blues record and will be enjoyed by any fan of plain old Rock n Roll as it is a timeless jam from front to back!” – Thomas Wilde, THE FIRE NOTE