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  • Tedeschi Trucks Band: Bound For Glory (with Jon Batiste)

    Tedeschi Trucks Band: Bound For Glory (with Jon Batiste)

    Tedeschi Trucks Band gets down in this live version of “Bound For Glory,” with Jon Batiste joining Kofi Burbridge for a terrific keyboard jam. Tim Lefebvre anchors it all with a great bass groove. »

  • Hot Tuna Head Out For Fall/Winter Tour

    Hot Tuna Head Out For Fall/Winter Tour

    Hot Tuna is ready to hit the road again! The duo of Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen have announced a winter tour that will include acoustic and electric sets across the United States. The run includes several dates with guest guitarist Steve Kimock as well as a performance at Dark Star’s Jamaican Jam in Runaway... »

  • Groove – Episode #34: Julie Slick

    Groove – Episode #34: Julie Slick

    Many people know Julie Slick as a virtuoso bassist and composer. Some know her best for her work in the progressive rock outfit, Adrian Belew Power Trio (yes, he of King Crimson fame). Her story is much deeper and more astonishing than you might imagine. From her humble beginnings at the genesis of School of... »

  • Ron Blair: Recording The Bass on Tom Petty’s “American Girl”

    Ron Blair: Recording The Bass on Tom Petty’s “American Girl”

    Ever since Tom Petty passed away, I’ve been watching tons of his videos on YouTube. There are tons of great performances, but this Reverb.com interview with Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair stuck out. Blair talks about how they figured out the melodic bass line to “American Girl” from the band’s self-titled debut. “[I started] to play... »

  • 11-String Bassist Jean Baudin Releases Third Solo Album, “2600”

    11-String Bassist Jean Baudin Releases Third Solo Album, “2600”

    Extended range bassist Jean Baudin has released his third solo bass album, entitled 2600. The bassist recorded the entire 27-track album using only his 11-string Kenneth Lawrence bass and a pedalboard. “Having recorded my previous two solo ‘bass’ albums with a strict set of boundaries (no overdubs or edits), I wanted to try something different... »

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  • Suhr Introduces the Alexa Chorus/Vibrato Pedal

    Suhr Introduces the Alexa Chorus/Vibrato Pedal

    Suhr has announced the Alexa, a multi-wave dual channel analog chorus and vibrato pedal. The flexible unit can be used with bass, guitar, or keyboard. Featuring an all-analog signal path, the Alexa offers six selectable waveforms with independent Speed, Depth & Delay controls for each channel. It also has an assignable chorus/vibrato switch for Channel... »

  • How to Get Called Back for the Gig (Or Not)

    How to Get Called Back for the Gig (Or Not)

    So I just came home from a recording session and the conversation I had before I split had me thinking for the entire drive home. We were speaking about a few other bassists that the band had tried to use, and the various issues they encountered. The songwriter chimed in at that point with a... »

  • First Fragment: Le Serment de Tsion

    First Fragment: Le Serment de Tsion

    First Fragment, featuring bass monster Dominic “Forest” Lapointe, has just released a new music video for their song “Le Serment de Tsion”, and it’s brutal. Lapointe kills it with a biting tone and insane chops to add extra fire to the track. »

  • Reader Spotlight: Dave Siff

    Reader Spotlight: Dave Siff

    Meet Dave Siff, a bassist and dad who takes playing bass and gigging seriously while also having a lot of fun. And he gets the role of bassist. Dave is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!) Here’s his story… Bio: I’m pretty much your run-of-the-mill suburban dad who refuses... »

  • Dwarfcraft Devices Unveils The Grazer Pedal

    Dwarfcraft Devices Unveils The Grazer Pedal

    Dwarfcraft Devices has expanded their effect lineup with the Grazer, which they describe as a granular repeater and glitch machine. “[It] builds sounds by continuously taking tiny samples from the input audio,” they explain. “The sounds range from off-kilter echoes to curious “buffer overload” skips, all the way up to harsh machine glitches.” The Grazer... »