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  • David Hood and The Swampers Release New Muscle Shoals Album

    David Hood and The Swampers Release New Muscle Shoals Album

    The Muscle Shoals sound was the key to some America’s most popular music of the ’60s and ’70s. The secret weapon, of course, was the group of musicians, dubbed The Swampers, who made up the legendary rhythm section for so many hits. They crafted hits for Aretha Franklin, Big Joe Turner, the Staple Singes, Paul... »

  • Crazy Tube Circuits Unveils the Locomotive Tube Bass Overdrive Pedal

    Crazy Tube Circuits Unveils the Locomotive Tube Bass Overdrive Pedal

    Crazy Tube Circuits is expanding their bass effects line with the Locomotive. Debuting at the Winter NAMM Show, the pedal will offer real tube overdrive to players. “[The Locomotive features] a 12AY7 tube for warm organic tube grind with excellent touch sensitivity and dynamic response,” Crazy Tube writes. “We provided a wide range of gain... »

  • Bass of the Week: Moonshine Custom Guitars Rat Rod J Bass

    Bass of the Week: Moonshine Custom Guitars Rat Rod J Bass

    The Daily Funk Club’s Andy Irvine is a guy who knows what he wants in a bass. That’s why he reached out to Rick Wilson of Moonshine Guitars with some specifics in mind. “He contacted me after seeing pics of my bass, he was looking for the feel of a well-played early 60’s Jazz as... »

  • Erik Arkö: The 12 Types of Metal Bass Players, Part 3

    Erik Arkö: The 12 Types of Metal Bass Players, Part 3

    Last year Erik Arkö made a pair of videos parodying the “12 types of metal bass players.” Now he’s back with part three, and it’s just as great. From “Les is More” to “The Folk Metal Guy,” Arkö has some fun with the genre. As with all good parodies, there’s a decent amount of truth... »

  • Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls Reveals Album Details, New Song

    Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls Reveals Album Details, New Song

    Back in June, we reported that Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls (portrayed by actor/bassist Harry Shearer) would be releasing a solo album. Now we have more details and the title track from Smalls Change. The album, which is a contemplation on an aging rocker, is packed with guest artists including Peter Frampton, Donald Fagen, Dweezil... »

  • Electro-Harmonix Releases Their Most Powerful Loop Station with the 95000

    Electro-Harmonix Releases Their Most Powerful Loop Station with the 95000

    Electro-Harmonix has pushed their looping pedals to the max with the new 95000 Performance Loop Laboratory. Featuring six mono tracks with one stereo mixdown track per loop, the unit can record up to 375 minutes and 100 loops with a 16GB Micro SD card. The 95000 has MIDI capabilities, and the company says nearly every... »

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  • Roosevelt Collier: Exit 16

    Roosevelt Collier: Exit 16

    GroundUP Music continues to put up some incredible music. Here’s a new single from pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier, who is releasing his upcoming album, Exit 16 in March. Michael League is both the producer and the bassist on the album. It also features Jason “JT” Thomas on drums and Bobby Sparks on keys. We... »

  • In Memoriam: Jim Rodford

    In Memoriam: Jim Rodford

    Sad news to report: Jim Rodford, who played bass with The Kinks and The Zombies, has passed away after falling down stairs. He was 76 years old. Rodford was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England in 1941. He began his musical career in a Skiffle band called Bluetones. He helped his cousin Rod Argent form... »

  • Yamaha Introduces Flame Maple Models To TRBX Series

    Yamaha Introduces Flame Maple Models To TRBX Series

    Yamaha’s TRBX bass series will get two models this year. The company will be unveiling the TRBX604FM and TRBX605FM at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Four and five-string basses, respectively, the TRBX604FM and TRBX605FM upgrade the bass’s looks with flame maple tops with matching headstocks. They carry many of the same features... »

  • Lake Street Dive: Godawful Things

    Lake Street Dive: Godawful Things

    Here’s another great clip from Lake Street Dive’s 2016 Bose Better Sound Session. The tune, “Godawful Things,” starts with some lyrical bass playing by Bridget Kearney before the band kicks it into gear. »