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.