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  • Oceans of Love: Chuck Rainey’s Life in Music

    Oceans of Love: Chuck Rainey’s Life in Music

    “I wouldn’t be the musician I am today without Chuck Rainey,” said Victor Wooten. “If there was a musical soundtrack put to my childhood, Chuck would have played bass on most of it.” We should have taken Wooten’s adulation as fact, but we weren’t sure. Was Rainey some sort of musical superhero? As bass players,... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Uffe Lykke Kristensen

    Reader Spotlight: Uffe Lykke Kristensen

    Meet Uffe Lykke Kristensen, who at age 11 saw a video by Victor Wooten, and the rest was history. Uffe spends his time playing and studying music in Denmark. He’s this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I’m a 20 year old busy bass player based in Esbjerg, Denmark. Over... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Lazarus Michaelides

    Reader Spotlight: Lazarus Michaelides

    Meet Lazarus Michaelides, a bassist living and working in London on a variety of musical related projects. Lazarus’ story caught our eye for his appreciation for everything happening in the world of bass, while keeping it “simple” in his playing. Lazarus is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: Lazarus... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Beth McPherson

    Reader Spotlight: Beth McPherson

    Meet Beth McPherson, a bassist from Dallas who impressed us with her drive in pursuing music – both as a craft and as an eventual career. We’re betting she’s going to succeed in both. Beth is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s her story… Bio: I’ve been playing electric bass for about... »

  • In Memoriam: Rob Wasserman

    In Memoriam: Rob Wasserman

    Bassist Rob Wasserman, who played alongside some of the world’s greatest musicians, has passed away from an undisclosed illness. He was 64 years old. Wasserman began as a violinist, switching to bass as a teenager. He studied bass at the San Francisco Conservatory as well as composition with John Adams. His early career included stints... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Cole Millward

    Reader Spotlight: Cole Millward

    Meet Cole Millward, who started on bass out of necessity (a bass player quit, Cole was handed a bass and asked to learn fast). Today, Cole stays busy with a few bands – including playing upright in a bluegrass Pink Floyd tribute band. Cole is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his... »

  • In Memoriam: Brian Rading

    In Memoriam: Brian Rading

    Brian Rading, who laid down the low end for Canada’s Five Man Electrical Band, has passed away after fighting throat cancer. He was 69 years old. Rading co-founded the band in 1963 in Ottawa. Originally called The Staccatos, the group changed their name after a handful of albums on Capitol Records of Canada. Rading was... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Janette Kidd

    Reader Spotlight: Janette Kidd

    Meet Janette Kidd, a bassist from Scotland who has had an interesting career – in and out of music. One of my favorite parts of her story is how she turned a guitar into a bass (way before our how-to video), which set her on a path for life. Janette is this week’s No Treble... »

  • Great Is Our Sin: An Interview with Brett Bamberger

    Great Is Our Sin: An Interview with Brett Bamberger

    When I had the pleasure of working on a Profiles in Tone interview with metal legend Alex Webster, he sent me a few examples of his favorite bass tones in metal. If I can trust anyone’s ear for metal bass, it’s Alex’s. One clip that particularly caught my ear was a video of a band... »

  • In Memoriam: Mike Chapman

    In Memoriam: Mike Chapman

    Nashville session bass ace Mike Chapman has passed away after battling an aggressive form of cancer. He was 63 years old. Chapman was an absolute staple of country music. Born in Alabama, he began his career playing in nightclubs “6 nights a week, 5 sets a night for the biggest part of a decade,” his... »