Great article on our ABS Musician Sponsor Garrett Collins
Blues & Beyond: No Looking Back
By Hal Horowitz, Creative Loafing.
After weathering the worst year in music, Garrett Collins prepares for his next act.
Collins, who grew up in a musical family, discovered the guitar when he was around 15 in 2013 after being exposed to Jonny Lang. It was love at first sight. “Something about when I picked up the guitar and started listening to the blues, I just completely immersed myself with that. I knew I wanted to do music, but (after hearing the blues) that was the first time I thought ‘this is what I want to do, play blues music.’” He quit high school and homeschooled for the remaining few years. “I knew it was the best thing for me, because I wasn’t looking back. I knew what I wanted to do and wanted to achieve,” he clarifies. After being inspired by fellow Atlanta bluesman Cody Matlock when the two connected at a Northside Tavern tribute to Sean Costello (Collins was playing acoustic at that point), he learned how to solo on electric guitar and hasn’t looked back.