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  • Reader Spotlight: Merl Middletown

    Reader Spotlight: Merl Middletown

    Meet Merl Middletown, a bassist whose motto is “from pocket to rocket.” Merl can be found rocking the bass in Florida and elsewhere, clearly loves the music, and doesn’t care about the crazy gear list either (and we mean that in a good way). Merl is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week... »

  • Legend: An Interview with Aston “Family Man” Barrett

    Legend: An Interview with Aston “Family Man” Barrett

    Think of your favorite reggae song and chances are what comes to you is actually the bass line. That’s because the bass line is often the actual musical hook of the song, which leaves people humming for days. No reggae music has reached as many people as the songs of Bob Marley, and no reggae... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Steve Earnhart

    Reader Spotlight: Steve Earnhart

    Meet Steve Earnhart, a bassist otherwise known as “Bald Steve”. Steve started out on bass on a whim, but when he heard Jaco Pastorius and Marcus Miller, he had that aha moment and knew what he wanted to do in life. And he’s been doing it ever since. Steve is No Treble’s reader in the... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Spencer E. Zubrow

    Reader Spotlight: Spencer E. Zubrow

    Meet Spencer E. Zubrow, a bassist who currently attends Berklee and got his musical start by stealing a guitar from his brother before coming to his senses and picking up the bass. Spencer is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of June 16, 2014. Be sure to check out his “Bernadette” play-along... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Zakk Zodiac

    Reader Spotlight: Zakk Zodiac

    Meet Zakk Zodiac, a bassist from Australia who is about as diverse as they come (and more proof you can’t judge a book by its cover). Not only that, he has an incredibly entertaining story to share. Zakk is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of June 9, 2014. Enjoy. Bio: A... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Wayne Whittaker

    Reader Spotlight: Wayne Whittaker

    Meet Wayne Whittaker, a bassist who has studied with some impressive teachers and keeps busy as a session musician. We found ourselves smiling at many of the things he said, and many readers will appreciate his approach to the bass. Wayne is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of June 2, 2014.... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Sam Lord

    Reader Spotlight: Sam Lord

    Meet Sam Lord a musician from the UK who has had a bass in his hands pretty much since the day he was born. So it is no surprise he’s been one of the youngest bassists around his local scene. Sam is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of May 26th, 2014.... »

  • In Memoriam: Randy Coven

    In Memoriam: Randy Coven

    Rock bassist Randy Coven, who toured and recorded with artists including Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai, passed away on May 20th of undisclosed causes. He was 54. Born in Great Neck, New York, Coven was introduced to music at a young age. His parents fostered his love of music by taking him to the Beatles... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Jay Dwyer

    Reader Spotlight: Jay Dwyer

    Meet Jay Dwyer, a bassist from the Chicago area who has a very cool gig: paying tribute to John Entwistle and playing his amazing bass lines in a Who tribute band. Jay is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of May 19, 2014. Bio: I am 55 and I started playing at... »

  • In Memoriam: Akihiro Yokoyama

    In Memoriam: Akihiro Yokoyama

    Japanese bassist Akihiro Yokoyama of the veteran thrash metal band United has passed away at the age of 49. The cause of death was not declared, but a statement called his passing sudden. “It happened totally out of the blue and it is very hard for his family, UNITED and the staff to accept it,... »