It's a shame that at the same time I say goodbye forever to another former internet presence, Confessions of a Fanboy, I introduce my latest fanboy obsession. It happens nearly every year. I don't try to fight it. I just about invite it. Something will cross my path and ignite my spirit and set my soul ablaze with excitement. Without further ado I introduce to you Mr. 2010, Matthew Stubbs.
Stubbs released his solo debut Soul Bender for VizzTone and Medford & Main will be his first for Blue Bella Records. I know I've talked about him before but I've resisted the urge to preach the word until I could put some samples of the music in front of you. That opportunity has arrived, so let's get it on.
Stubbs' musical style is style. He's a soul/blues impressionist. On "Double N," he's created something of a Southern soul/blues/surf revival with the help of horn ace Sax Gordon.
Before becoming the fanboy I am today, I was the worst guitarist at the University of North Alabama for about six months. Before that, I read all the guitar magazines preparing myself for my eventual career as a six-string sorcerer. After all that time, I learned a few things.
For example, I know cool-sounding gear when I hear it. No, I don't mean I can tell one guitar model from another- well I can, occasionally, but my ears aren't quite that refined. I mean looking at the liner notes to the CD, I know what it means to read that on this track he played a '62 RI Fender Telecaster, a '60s Silvertone 1482 with '60s Premier reverb tank and Line 6 mm4 vibrato. That's retro. That's style.
Welcome to 2010. Welcome to the hip, retro world of a soul revivalist who speaks without words. Welcome to my latest musical fanboy mancrush obsession. You're going to hear a lot about him and this record so you might as well get on board now.