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  • Reader Spotlight: Roy Eraca

    Reader Spotlight: Roy Eraca

    Meet Roy Eraca, who got his start on bass after making a promise to improve his grades (he did, and his reward was a new bass guitar). Since then, Roy has gone from being a “closet player” to a gigging one. Roy is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!)... »

  • Jaco Pastorius: 30 Years Later

    Jaco Pastorius: 30 Years Later

    Today marks 30 years since Jaco Pastorius passed away. Though three decades have come and gone, his approach to the bass and singular voice on the instrument is still strongly felt. We remember him today with a collection of reader favorite videos and transcriptions from our archives »

  • Reader Spotlight: Nick Castledine

    Reader Spotlight: Nick Castledine

    Nick Castledine lives an interesting life, working as a mechanical engineer (and on his Ph.D. in robotics) while balancing a healthy gigging schedule. He started on saxophone until an opportunity in a metal band came up, which is when he made the switch to bass. Nick is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight... »

  • Off Beat: An Interview with Katie Thiroux

    Off Beat: An Interview with Katie Thiroux

    Bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux is having a good year, to put it mildly. She just spent the summer in residence at Quincy Jones’s new jazz club in Dubai, and her sophomore album, , was released in August. Now she’s supporting the album with a U.S. trek followed by a tour of Denmark. Produced by... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Zach Fowler

    Reader Spotlight: Zach Fowler

    Meet Zach Fowler, a bassist living and working in Nashville. Zach got his start on bass thanks to his parents, who bought him a bass for Christmas as a kid, and decided since they spent the money, he should probably give it a shot. The rest is history. Zach is this week’s No Treble reader... »

  • In Memoriam: Holger Czukay

    In Memoriam: Holger Czukay

    Holger Czukay, who co-founded and played bass in the experimental rock band Can, has died from unknown causes. He was 79 years old. Czukay was born in what is now Gdańsk, Poland in 1938. He worked at a radio repair shop where he became interested in electrical engineering and the sound of radio broadcasts. This... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Colin Nee

    Reader Spotlight: Colin Nee

    Meet Colin Nee, a bassist who works by day in a job he says is “not rock & roll,” but manages to make time for music on nights and weekends. Among his musical life, Colin performs in a Johnny Cash tribute band, who regularly plays in a former prison. How cool is that? Colin is... »

  • In Memoriam: Todd Honeycutt

    In Memoriam: Todd Honeycutt

    Sad news to report today: Enfold Darkness bassist Todd Honeycutt has died by suicide. He was 30 years old. The band made the announcement on their Facebook page. “Our brother Todd, who performed on our latest album, has taken his own life,” the statement read. “I wish that we could give you a better sounding... »

  • In Memoriam: Walter Becker

    In Memoriam: Walter Becker

    It’s another tough day in the music world. Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died at the age of 67. A cause of death was not announced. Fellow Steely Dan songwriter Donald Fagen paid tribute to him in a piece for Rolling Stone: “Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since... »

  • Smoke On This: An Interview With Rex Brown

    Smoke On This: An Interview With Rex Brown

    Rex Brown has traveled the globe playing bass in some of the world’s greatest metal bands, but that’s only one facet to his musicality. Now fans are able to hear another side of the musician on his debut solo album, entitled Smoke On This. The record draws on Brown’s early influences from the ’70s and... »