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  • Paul McCartney Speaks on Health, Rescheduled Tour Dates

    Paul McCartney Speaks on Health, Rescheduled Tour Dates

    After falling ill in Japan, Paul McCartney’s plans for his “Out There” world tour got thrown off track. Macca was hospitalized for a brief period, which nixed his appearances in Asia, and then doctors told him to take more time off. This offset the return of his tour to the U.S., but the former Beatle... »

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  • Adrian Belew Power Trio, Featuring Julie Slick, Announces Massive North American Tour

    Adrian Belew Power Trio, Featuring Julie Slick, Announces Massive North American Tour

    King Crimson alum Adrian Belew has just announced a massive North American tour with his Power Trio, which includes bassist Julie Slick and drummer Tobias Ralph. The tour is the group’s first outing since Belew and Slick started up the Crimson Projekct tour in 2011. Things kick off on October 22nd in Charlottesville, Virginia before... »

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

    Vulfpeck’s Jack Stratton sent me another one of his cool visualization videos highlighting another impressive bass line by the one and only James Jamerson. This time around, the tune is the performance of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The song, written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson and recorded... »

  • “A Hard Day’s Night” Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Theaters and New Release

    “A Hard Day’s Night” Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Theaters and New Release

    You just have to smile when you watch this: It’s for the restored version of A Hard Day’s Night that’s hitting U.S. theaters on 4th of July weekend, in honor of the film’s 50th anniversary. But you can see the print, and a whole bunch more in the Criterion Collection’s of the film that helped... »

  • Bass of the Week: Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars “Diana” Bass

    Bass of the Week: Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars “Diana” Bass

    The best basses come together through a mixture of inspiration, art, and technology. This week we check out a one-of-a-kind instrument that was born of all three ingredients: the Diana Bass by Ribbecke Guitars. In late 2012, bass legend Jack Casady lost his wife Diana after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Casady pondered ways he... »

  • 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... »

  • Aaron Gibson: See The World

    Aaron Gibson: See The World

    Aaron Gibson is back with another single in his “Demos” series, “See The World.” Aaron said his “Demos” series “are solo bass renditions of songs in preparation for my next produced album.” The video work is terrific as usual, and Aaron shared a note about that too: “I wanted to do more with this video... »

  • Ginger Baker Releases “Why?” with Alec Dankworth

    Ginger Baker Releases “Why?” with Alec Dankworth

    Legendary drummer Ginger Baker has returned with the release of , his first album in 16 years. The record showcases his new bandmates in his group, Jazz Confusion, including jazz bassist/composer Alec Dankworth (Van Morrison, Stephane Grappelli, Alan Barnes, Million Dollar Band.) Check out the title song “Why?” performed live: Why? is available on and... »

  • TSA Not So Bassist Friendly

    TSA Not So Bassist Friendly

    Apparently when traveling, no one is safe from the TSA. Jazz bass superstar Christian McBride took to Facebook to express his outrage after his bow was taken from his case on the way to a gig in Canada. “Now that it’s confirmed, I can tell you that good ol’ TSA confiscated (aka STOLE) my brand... »

  • Saving Your Ears: A Discussion for Gigging Bass Players

    Saving Your Ears: A Discussion for Gigging Bass Players

    Q: I regularly gig in a blues-rock power trio, and I have to solo over one or two tunes. Every time, the lead guitarist asks me to crank up the volume because he plays at a really high volume… too loud in my humble opinion. I don’t want to crank up the volume because I... »