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  • Tanglewood Introduces Updated TW155-A Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Tanglewood Introduces Updated TW155-A Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Tanglewood Guitars has revamped their Premier series of acoustic instruments including the TW155-A bass. The lineup’s third generation is defined by solid AA Sitka spruce tops, mahogany back and sides, and a natural satin finish. The TW155-A acoustic bass guitar has a rosewood fingerboard and matching bridge. Its body is also bound in rosewood and... »

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  • Jesús Rico Pérez: The Enormous Room

    Jesús Rico Pérez: The Enormous Room

    Bassist Jesús Rico Pérez is back with another superb Michael Manring cover. This time he takes on “The Enormous Room”, which appeared on Manring’s Thonk. The last time we featured one of Jesús’ Manring covers, we reached out to Michael to get his take. He was impressed. I bet he would be with this one... »

  • Rhythm and Swing: Rodney Whitaker Releases “When We Find Ourselves Alone”

    Rhythm and Swing: Rodney Whitaker Releases “When We Find Ourselves Alone”

    It’s all about the rhythm for Rodney Whitaker, the double bassist and head of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University who has released his eighth album, . The record features five originals and six arrangements of others’ work. But in the latter case, even standards become new when a different kind of rhythm is employed,... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Richard Davis

    Bass Players to Know: Richard Davis

    As a college student, I spent many an afternoon roaming the streets of New York City, finding new routes to take me from my hole-in-the-wall apartment to the halls of academia, and creating new musical playlists along the way. I developed a healthy obsession to certain songwriters… Van Morrison, Janis Ian, Paul Simon, and even... »

  • Cory Henry and Michael League: “Yesterday” and “Looking Out For Me”

    Cory Henry and Michael League: “Yesterday” and “Looking Out For Me”

    Soul is pouring over in this video of Snarky Puppy members Cory Henry and Michael League playing a workshop at the Escola de Música Luciano Alf in Rio De Janeiro. The duo doesn’t need a drummer to get a fat groove going on the classic Beatles song “Yesterday,” which they later morph into Kirk Franklin’s... »

  • Billy Sheehan Appears on “Guitars for Wounded Warriors”

    Billy Sheehan Appears on “Guitars for Wounded Warriors”

    Emmy-award winning composer and guitarist Brian Tarquin has gathered some “Heavy Friends” to create the album, , featuring instrumental music inspired by America’s soldiers. For the record, Tarquin, owner of Jungle Room Studios, called upon a host of metal guitarists, including bass player Billy Sheehan. Sheehan’s work is featured on the album’s opening track, “Black... »

  • Adrenaline Mob Switches Bassists, Announces Tour

    Adrenaline Mob Switches Bassists, Announces Tour

    In a strange turn of events, rock supergroup Adrenaline Mob has announced that bassist John Moyer has been replaced by former Tantric bassist Erik Leonhardt. Moyer, who is also a member of Disturbed, left the group after confusion about the band’s recent tour announcement. Adrenaline Mob posted the news about their upcoming tour on social... »

  • Out of the Black: An Interview with Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr

    Out of the Black: An Interview with Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr

    Sometimes great things come in small packages. That’s true in the case of Royal Blood, a British rock duo that gets a gargantuan sound that rivals four or five-piece bands. One of the key ingredients to that sound is the massive bass tone delivered by Mike Kerr. Kerr started Royal Blood with drummer Ben Thatcher... »

  • Zander Zon: “Single-Handed” Solo Bass

    Zander Zon: “Single-Handed” Solo Bass

    Last month, Zander Zon sent me a note with some bad news. The talented bassist injured his left hand and could barely move his thumb. At first, he tried to play through it, but decided to stop and take care. He can’t pick up anything with his left hand now, making playing bass impossible. As... »

  • Wonderlush EP Offers Taste of Funktastic Album to Come

    Wonderlush EP Offers Taste of Funktastic Album to Come

    Wonderlush’s funk sound is in full display on the , which features five versions (the original and four remixes) of the song “Jam” from their upcoming debut album. Propelled by terrific grooves from one half of the duo, bassist Punk Pappa, “Jam” is quite the… jam. With sounds like these, it’s not surprising the group... »