Live Concert Photography: Black Pumas with GA-20 at Mercury Lounge 7/29/19
Over the past few months, I’ve written a bit about Black Pumas, a rapidly rising Austin, TX-based soul act, featuring Grammy-winning producer, songwriter, composer and guitarist Adrian Quesada, 27 year old Los Angeles-born, Austin-based phenom (and vocalist) Eric Burton and a cast of collaborators and associates.
The duo’s that self-titled full-length debut was released earlier this year through ATO Records, and since its release, the band has been relentlessly touring to support it — and the tour included a stop at a packed Mercury Lounge last week with Boston-based blues rock act GA-20. Check out photos from the show below.
Last year, I wrote a bit about Boston-based bandleader, songwriter, composer and guitarist Matthew Stubbs, and as you may recall, Stubbs has played in the backing bands of a number of blues legends including Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond, James Cotton, Junior Watson and James Harman. He’s also had a lengthy solo career that has seen him release two instrumental albums — 2008’s Soulbender released through Vizztone Records and 2010’s Medford and Main released through Chicago, IL-based Blue Bella Records that drew from the Memphis, TN soul/blues sound. Stubbs also leads his own band Matthew Stubbs and The Antiguas, an instrumental rock act that’s influenced by Duane Eddy, Link Wray, Booker T, B movie soundtracks and Afrobeat that features Just Lopes (organ), Chris Rivelli (drums) and Marc Hickox (bass). The Boston-based JOVM mainstay, composer, songwriter and composer recently began collaborating with his longtime friend Pat Faherty in GA-20, an act that’s centered around the duo’s mutual love of traditional blues, 50s and 60s R&B and the work of Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells. Feeling a void in contemporary music, the duo set out to write, record and perform a modernized version of the blues — with the same sort of passion and earnestness on stage and in the studio of the genre’s heyday.