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  • The Revolution: An Interview with BrownMark

    The Revolution: An Interview with BrownMark

    A Minneapolis native, BrownMark has always known what it means to be funky. The bassist cut his teeth in the musically rich city before being picked up by the one and only Prince in 1981 for his 1981 Controversy tour. The bassist held his own and was featured on the albums Around the World In... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Jesse Baumgartner

    Reader Spotlight: Jesse Baumgartner

    Meet Jesse Baumgartner, a bassist who can thank two people for his love for bass and music. One was his own father, and another was the father of a friend, who gave him some music that started him on his path. Jesse is this week’s reader in the spotlight (you can be next!) Here’s his... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Gregory Johnson

    Reader Spotlight: Gregory Johnson

    Meet Gregory Johnson, who first fell in love with the bass guitar thanks to a Fender Precision back in 1977 and has been on a musical journey ever since. Gregory is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I got serious about playing bass in 2014, and in 2016 I... »

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  • Unify: An Interview with Billy Sherwood

    Unify: An Interview with Billy Sherwood

    When Billy Sherwood first formed the band World Trade with Guy Allison, Bruce Gowdy, and Mark T. Williams in 1988, he probably didn’t know that it would help lead him to his current musical situation. The band’s demos caught the ear of Yes’s Chris Squire, leading the two to work together throughout the years. The... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Gaines Cooper

    Reader Spotlight: Gaines Cooper

    Meet Gaines Cooper, a bassist-turned-guitarist-turned-bassist who got his start when he was 10 years old. He now stays busy playing in two bands. Gaines is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: The first thing I ever learned on bass was when I was 10. After that, I started playing... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Omar Harb

    Reader Spotlight: Omar Harb

    Meet Omar Harb, a busy bassist who attended Berklee, has played and recorded with hundreds of international projects, and is heard as the bassist on the Arabic version of “The Voice.” Omar is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I’m a professional bass player who graduated from Berklee College... »

  • Behold the Seer: An Interview with Jeff Hill

    Behold the Seer: An Interview with Jeff Hill

    Jeff Hill may be the newest member of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, but he’s no novice. The skilled bassist cut his teeth on rock and jazz in Chicago and New York City for years before becoming a go-to player for artists like Rufus Wainwright, Shooter Jennings, Linda Thompson, and more. Now his fantastic groove and... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Alex Nikolaeff

    Reader Spotlight: Alex Nikolaeff

    Meet Alex Nikolaeff, who started playing the bass because no one else in the band wanted to pick it up. He says he’ll play his trusty Fender Jazz bass for the rest of his life. Alex is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I’m a 34-year-old bass player from... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Ricardo Ferrari

    Reader Spotlight: Ricardo Ferrari

    Meet Ricardo Ferrari, a guitarist-turned-bassist who said was thanks to “the absence of one more lower octave on the standard guitar.” Ricardo is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I began playing nylon guitar at 16. First, pop Brazilian music and then classical. I graduated from Berklee in 1985.... »

  • In Memoriam: David Zablidowsky

    In Memoriam: David Zablidowsky

    Sad news to report today: Adrenaline Mob bassist David Zablidowsky has died after the band’s touring RV was struck by a tractor trailer. He was 37 years old. The news was confirmed in part by Disturbed bassist John Moyer, who formerly played in Adrenaline Mob. “This talented, humble, sweet soul left us today way too... »