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  • Bass of the Week: Memphis Guitar Spa Cinnamon Gurl

    Bass of the Week: Memphis Guitar Spa Cinnamon Gurl

    As a Neil Young fan I’m also a huge Rick Rosas fan, so I was pumped to see pictures of his newest bass pop up on Facebook. Rosas called on Kevin Ferner of Memphis Guitar Spa to create a bass to bring a different sound to his studio work. This week we check out the... »

  • Vavá Rodrigues with Edson Barreto: Leave Me Alone

    Vavá Rodrigues with Edson Barreto: Leave Me Alone

    Bassist Edson Barreto shared this video of him performing with Vavá Rodrigues, and man… this band cooks! A lot of it has to do with Edson’s playing… as I’m sure you’ll agree. »

  • Billy Cox and Bootsy Collins to Join Experience Hendrix Tour 2014

    Billy Cox and Bootsy Collins to Join Experience Hendrix Tour 2014

    The Experience Hendrix Tour is back for its eighth run, and this year is set to be another spectacular show. Leading the charge is bassist Billy Cox who will be a constant member of the tour’s rhythm section. Cox is the only musician, apart from Hendrix himself, who was a member of both the Band... »

  • Track by Track: Chuck Rainey Talks “Interpretations of a Groove”

    Track by Track: Chuck Rainey Talks “Interpretations of a Groove”

    Let’s face it, if you call yourself a bass player and don’t know and speak the name Chuck Rainey with reverence, then you would be in the minority. The bulk of us have long admired and emulated this pioneer of the bass guitar from the moment we began playing anything that grooved. Indeed, for most... »

  • Victor & Regi Wooten: Live Clinic Jam

    Victor & Regi Wooten: Live Clinic Jam

    Earlier this month, the Escuela de Musica de Buenos Aires in Argentina hosted a clinic while Victor Wooten was in town with his band. Here’s a clip from that clinic, where Victor is joined by his older brother, guitarist Regi Wooten. And as is the case with the Wooten brothers, the duo showed their out-of-this-world... »

  • Poco’s “From the Inside” Reissued

    Poco’s “From the Inside” Reissued

    Before The Eagles, bassist Timothy B. Schmit was a member of the pioneering country-rock outfit Poco. While Poco had only two major hits (“Crazy Love” and “Heart of the Night” in 1979) well after Schmit’s time with the band, its influence has been a lasting one, particularly as a part of the country-rock continuum that... »

  • Setting a Path to Session Work

    Setting a Path to Session Work

    Q: I have been toying with the idea of starting a session band. I have the right musicians, we are already tight and working on our own stuff, but I have started wondering how one would go about promoting themselves as a session musician. I have been trying to get in with some professional organizations... »

  • Steve Metcalf: All Bass Cover of Lorde’s “Royals”

    Steve Metcalf: All Bass Cover of Lorde’s “Royals”

    Steve Metcalf is back with an all bass arrangement of Lorde’s “Royals,” and it’s incredible. He nails the melody at the very top of the bass’s range while laying his own tight harmonies and bass lines. The video editing is great, too. Check out the closeups of the bass strings as he plays – you... »

  • Reader Spotlight: David Ferguson Jr.

    Reader Spotlight: David Ferguson Jr.

    Meet David Ferguson Jr., a musician who spends his day doing “Music, music and more music.” David shares a lot of great stories, but I think my favorite by far is his response to the “superpower” question. Read on and you’ll see what I’m talking about. David is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for... »

  • Von Dauer Launches Bass Line with Art Bass M1

    Von Dauer Launches Bass Line with Art Bass M1

    Von Dauer, a newly formed German bass brand, has announced the launch of their first bass called the Art Bass model M1. The instrument is handmade in Germany in small production runs. The M1 riffs on the traditional J shape with a whitewood body accented by an inset stained ash scratchplate that’s sits flush with... »