Matt Baker – Owner
Matt Baker has been involved with guitars in one way or another for more than 30 years—as a player, member of several bands on both coasts, student (of music and of the histories of guitars), teacher, repairman, appraiser, instrument and music magazine reviewer, and finally in his current capacity as the owner of Action Music. Prior to opening Action Music, Matt managed several music stores and also operated a stringed instrument repair business. Matt received a repair certification in 1991 from Bryan Galloup’s Guitar Hospital in Big Rapids, Michigan. Matt spent most of his early and teenage years in Southern California, then crossed the country to Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and finally Virginia.
Mike Dutton – Sales
Mike Dutton is our blues and acoustic guitar specialist. A native of Alexandria, VA, he has worked with artists such as Catfish Hodge, Li’l Ronnie & the Grand Dukes and Kurt Crandall & True Story, Washington, DC’s Flatfoot Sam & the Educated Fools, Big Boy Little Band, and Janine Wilson Band. Mike has also backed such nationally & internationally recognized artists as Delta Groove artists Mitch Kashmar and R.J. Mischo, Blues Music Award winner John Nemeth, and harmonica master Phil Wiggins, formerly of the Piedmont blues duo Cephas & Wiggins. Mike also spent several years playing McCartney basslines in a local tribute band. Mike has the chops and real world experience to help you find the sound you are looking for whether you play electric or acoustic guitar or bass.
Cyd Birch – Pedal Specialist
Northern Virginia native, Cyd Birch made her musical introduction by singing in award winning choirs and receiving classical vocal training. It wasn’t until her early twenties when she began playing electric guitar that she took an interest in guitar pedals and other processing gear. She studied Audio Engineering at the Art Institute of Washington and has worked in recording studios in Virginia and D.C. She previously played guitar and synths with the Avant-Garde band, Thirsty Animal, and currently sings and plays guitar in dream-punk trio, Kid Claws and is always crafting experimental solo projects.
Sarah Purgal – Sales/Web & Social Media Specialist
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, she started playing music and singing before she could speak. Sarah was classically trained in piano, violin, clarinet, voice and guitar as a child. Throughout high school, she studied hard in school to obtain her ticket out west, but it never stopped her from playing in a couple bands and performing, as well as writing her own music. After moving to San Francisco, she focused on other pursuits, but continued to play with as many people as she could while juggling multiple jobs and obtaining a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Motion Picture & Television. But it was on set, art directing a music video that would lead her to the next chapter of her life in Denmark, working alongside a few musicians and producers in the Copenhagen music scene. Since she’s been back in the States, she has been focusing on songwriting and working as a recording artist. She is currently developing on an untitled project with a new band, that is set to release in 2018.