Evan Kepner was born and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He started on the piano at age 8, and at the age of 14 began playing the electric bass in a punk-rock band (spikes and bright colored hair included). Three years later after dabbling with a multitude of high-school bands and styles he began playing consistently in the Jim McRedmond Trio, a Lemoyne PA based jazz group. He continued to play with the trio after moving to Pittsburgh to study neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, and started playing in “Once by the Pacific,” a slow-groove indie band working the local Pittsburgh scene. After graduation he served for two years in South Africa as a member of the Peace Corps, which “… is where I put in the time and fell in love with the bass… I spent a full year playing an old fretless bass guitar with no amplifier in a village, dedicated to learning jazz theory, harmonic structure and function, as well as playing techniques.” When he came back, he rekindled playing jazz at a whole new level with guitarist Tony Grigonis playing restaurant gigs and open jams.
Currently Evan lives in Lakewood OH where he plays regularly with Randy Martin in the “Lost Classics” all over Cleveland and studies classical upright bass under Dr. Kathleen Horvath of Case Western Reserve University. He has traded in the bright hair color for bright tattoos, is an all-around computer geek, seeker of eclectic and unusual music, and is working on original compositions using both the upright bass and bass guitar. While he pulls inspiration from almost any source, he considers himself to be heavily influenced by Victor Wooten, Les Claypool, Andrew Burashko, Stanley Clarke and Justin Chancellor. His car currently has “Fungi and Foe” “Eat me Drink me” “Moon Germs” “Evil Empire” “Extraction” and “A Healthy Distrust” in the CD-changer.
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After parting ways with Uriah Duffy in June, Whitesnake has announced that Michael Devin will be the joining the band. Devin previously played in Lynch Mob along with Brian Tichy, Whitesnake’s new drummer. “It’s an honor to be welcomed into the Whitesnake family. I’m a big fan," Devin said "Whitesnake is notorious for exciting musicianship,… »
Tom Jenkinson, the iconic electronic music bassist also known as Squarepusher, has announced a new project in the works with the French label Ed Banger. The album, Shobaleader One, will be released August 30, 2010. Squarepusher is going to release a new single titled "Cryptic Motion" at the end of the month. The new album… »
Esperanza Spalding has a released a video performance of “Little Fly”, from her upcoming album Chamber Music Society, to be released on August 17th. “Little Fly” is the first track on the album. Be sure to check out our review of Chamber Music Society (and a few other surprises) starting next week. »
Current Guns N’ Roses and former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson recently made a trip to Haiti, and USA Today's Pop Candy blog covered the trip with pictures. Stinson is there to help raise money and awareness for Haiti schools, including Timkatec. Stinson attended a graduation ceremony for the Port-au-Prince school, who educates students in mechanics,… »
Avenged Sevenfold recently released “Nightmare” (July 27th) and have since topped the Billboard charts. In an interview with MTV, bassist Johnny Christ shared his reaction. “I got the call from my manager last night. Unfortunately, Matt and Zack were doing press in L.A., but me and… »
Tony Campos, the bassist for Prong who also previously working with Static-X, has announced his intentions to move forward with some new projects. Campos admits that he's been working hard to line up ideas since he left Static-X and pouring energy into Prong. He announced on his MySpace blog that we can expect a new… »
Stanley Clarke's tour in support of his latest album, The Stanley Clarke Band, just wrapped up in North America and continues with stops in Russia, Turkey, Belgium, Holland, Czech Republic, England, Italy, France and Spain. The tour returns to the US in August. Don't miss the Heads Up/No Treble contest: 10 lucky winners will receive… »
Victor Wooten has just started a new tour with his band for the summer. The lineup includes Victor's brothers, Regi Wooten on guitar and Joseph Wooten on keyboards, as well as Derico Watson on drums. The tour will include dates throughout the southern USA and Australia from now through September 26th: July 8, 2010 -… »
Bassist Harold Cowart died on June 27th in his home. He was 66. Cowart had an impressive musical history. He created one of the most memorable bass lines around, playing on “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” with John Fred and His Playboy Band. The song was a Number 1 hit for 1968 in the USA… »
Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus has revealed that the band is working on a new album. From a post on his blog himynameismark.com: "...we’ll be in the studio recording the new blink-182 album. Until it is finished. I cannot be more clear on this: new Blink-182 music is on the way... All of us have ideas… »