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Kevin JohnsonNo Treble managing editor Kevin Johnson got his start on bass in middle school playing double bass in the orchestra, eventually picking up an electric bass in high school to form a metal band with his best friend. Kevin was introduced to Jazz in college at Shenandoah University, where he graduated with a major in Music Production and Recording Technology.

Since then, he has been a freelance bassist throughout Virginia and has had the pleasure of playing workshops with artists such as clarinetist Eddie Daniels and drummer Ignacio Berroa. He also plays bass for the Ambrose Band.

Though his performances revolve around jazz, Kevin appreciates all genres of music, from R&B to metal and everything in between. A trip to Mali sparked his interest in world music, especially African artists including Toumani Diabate, the Four Brothers, and bassist Bakithi Kumalo.

Kevin is a true bass enthusiast and activist. In addition to writing for No Treble, he is a board member for the Bass Coalition, which seeks to foster community and education through promoting local bass events including workshops, performances, and other events.

Kevin is always happy to hear from No Treble readers. Feel free to contact him with news, events, or just to say hi!

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  • Song Exclusive: “Boomerang” by You Bred Raptors?

    Song Exclusive: “Boomerang” by You Bred Raptors?

    The cello/bass/drums trio You Bred Raptors? is getting ready to release their new album Grant, and we’ve got an exclusive on the first full song from the release. Accompanying the single release of “Boomerang” is a play-through video by bassist Peat Rains, who utilizes the full range of his 8-string Conklin bass. The bassist shares... »

  • Robert “Bubby” Lewis Previews New Album with “Gold Rush”

    Robert “Bubby” Lewis Previews New Album with “Gold Rush”

    Back in May, Robert “Bubby” Lewis discussed his tone with us, and he dropped us a few clues about his upcoming album, 1UP. “It’s got a lot of interesting stuff happening with some cool collaborations,” he said. “I’m trying different stuff and experimenting. If it feels good, then I’m good.” Now he’s released its first... »

  • Evan Brewer Leaves The Faceless

    Evan Brewer Leaves The Faceless

    Things have really shaken up for technical death metal outfit The Faceless with the departure of bassist Evan Brewer and drummer Alex Rudinger. After nearly four years with the band, Brewer took to social media to announce that he was leaving. “After almost four years of good times with The Faceless I’ve decided to leave... »

  • Bass of the Week: Assi Guitars Sciatt Bass

    Bass of the Week: Assi Guitars Sciatt Bass

    This week we check out the Sciatt bass by the new Italian company Assi Guitars. Bringing together modern and retro vibes, the bass is built with an Akatio body finished in a catching green that’s accented with a black pickguard. Its Balkan Maple neck is topped with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard. Assi fitted the bass... »

  • Laurus Introduces Federico Malaman Signature Quasar Bass

    Laurus Introduces Federico Malaman Signature Quasar Bass

    Federico Malaman has been impressing us with his playing for years. Now he’s teamed up with Laurus to create the new Federico Malaman Signature Quasar Bass. Based on the company’s Quasar, the instrument is a 5-string fretless with its tuning machines at the bridge. One of the most striking features of the model is its... »

  • Vox Unveils amPlug G2 Bass Headphone Amplifier

    Vox Unveils amPlug G2 Bass Headphone Amplifier

    Vox has upgraded their amPlug line of headphone amplifiers including a bass-specific version. The amPlug G2 Bass plugs into your bass’s output jack and allows you to plug in headphones for silent practicing. Among the new features, the amPlug G2 Bass has had its analog circuit improved with the company’s Bassilator circuit, which Vox says... »

  • bnd Products Announces bnd/one Stand

    bnd Products Announces bnd/one Stand

    bnd Products has introduced the bnd/one, a flexible bass and guitar stand that bends to fit inside a bass or guitar case. The stand, which can support both basses and guitars, features a three-piece design. Its bendable neck snaps onto the base and neck support. The neck support also bends to cradle your bass’s neck.... »

  • Jonathan Scales Fourchestra: Lone Wolf

    Jonathan Scales Fourchestra: Lone Wolf

    If you haven’t caught on, I’m a big Jonathan Scales Fourchestra fan. The combination of steel drummer Scales, bassist Cody Wright and drummer Phill Bronson gets such a tight yet exploratory sound. Here’s the band performing “Lone Wolf” at a concert in Fairfield, Connecticut earlier this year. Wright kicks things off with some beautiful artificial... »

  • Jackson Steel Guitar Company Introduces SlideKing Bass

    Jackson Steel Guitar Company Introduces SlideKing Bass

    Here’s something you’ve probably never seen. The Jackson Steel Guitar Company has introduced the SlideKing Bass, an instrument that blends a bass guitar with a pedal steel guitar. Introduced at Summer NAMM this year, the bass is set up horizontally with pedals and comes in 4- or 5-string models. It’s built with a solid hard... »

  • Mike Wheeler Band: That’s What Love Will Make You Do

    Mike Wheeler Band: That’s What Love Will Make You Do

    Here’s a video that will get you moving in your seat. Bassist Larry Williams drives the bus in this clip of the Mike Wheeler Band performing “That’s What Love Will Make You Do.” His enormous energy propels the group’s groove, but it’s his ferocious solo at the 4:18 mark that steals the show. After he... »