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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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  • MBS Effects Releases the Mr. Smith Delay Pedal

    MBS Effects Releases the Mr. Smith Delay Pedal

    MBS Effects has introduced the Mr. Smith, a compact delay pedal that offers up to 1600 ms of delay that can be set via Tap Tempo or rotary knob. It has four types of subdivisions: quarter note, eighth note, triplets, and dual triplets. The Argentinian effects company designed the pedal to have an analog dry-through... »

  • Gheorghe Postoronca: Dreaming of You

    Gheorghe Postoronca: Dreaming of You

    Solo bassist Gheorghe Postoronca sent us this video for his latest song, “Dreaming of You.” Combining fingerstyle, slap and tapping, the song flows through several textures to give a full accompaniment to Postoronca’s catchy melody. »

  • db Instrument Amp Releases 4E Dual Axis Expression Pedal

    db Instrument Amp Releases 4E Dual Axis Expression Pedal

    db Instrument Amp has announced the 4E Dual Axis Expression pedal, a pedal with four expression control mega-potentiometers to control up to four individual expression enabled effects at once. The pedal has a two axis design and moves up and down as well as left to right, allowing for simultaneously and independently adjusting separate effects... »

  • Joshua Young: Dominatus Fugue in C Minor

    Joshua Young: Dominatus Fugue in C Minor

    This is one of the most spectacular Bach-inspired pieces for bass guitar I’ve ever seen. Joshua Young wrote this extremely intricate and beautiful solo bass fugue in the style of the 18th century composer, complete with melody, counterpoint and bass line. If you weren’t looking, you’d think “Dominatus” was being performed by three different people.... »

  • In Memoriam: John Gustafson

    In Memoriam: John Gustafson

    Bassist John Gustafson, who spent time in the Ian Gillan Band and Roxy Music, has passed away of undisclosed causes. He was 72. Gustafson was born in Liverpool and started his early career in the late ’50s and early ’60s. His first group was one of the UK’s first rock trios called The Big Three,... »

  • Bass of the Week: Black Beard Guitars Fahrenheit 4:51 II

    Bass of the Week: Black Beard Guitars Fahrenheit 4:51 II

    This week we check out a stunning bass by Italian company Black Beard Guitars called the Fahrenheit 4:51 II. Inspired by the Fender ’51 Precision bass, Black Beard calls this “the first electric bass… revisited.” Its pine body is finished in a roasted semi-gloss and adorned with a an aluminum pickguard that etched with floral... »

  • Mumpbeak: Oak

    Mumpbeak: Oak

    Ever since Mumpbeak released their debut album, it has stayed in my listening rotation. The group’s dark, progressive and experimental sound is one that gets into your subconscious and stays there. Here’s a clip of the band’s core – featuring keyboardist Roy Powell, drummer Pat Mastelotto, and bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz – performing the song... »

  • Neon Trees Reschedule Tour After Bassist’s Surgery

    Neon Trees Reschedule Tour After Bassist’s Surgery

    Just two weeks after announcing their “First Things First” tour, Neon Trees have decided to reschedule several dates due to Branden Campbell’s health. A statement on the band’s website says the bassist recently underwent open-heart surgery for a valve replacement and was advised to take it easy. “The intense touring schedule has been exhaustive and... »

  • 100 Bass Riffs: A Brief History of Groove on Bass and Drums

    100 Bass Riffs: A Brief History of Groove on Bass and Drums

    I love checking out these groove compilations, and the guys at Chicago Music Exchange hit it out of the park on this one. Bassist Marc Najjar teamed with drummer Nate Bauman to put together 100 of the most iconic bass riffs starting with 1955’s “Ain’t That A Shame” by Fats Domino and winding up the... »

  • Chiodos Announces New Bassist and Drummer

    Chiodos Announces New Bassist and Drummer

    Chiodos has filled out their lineup after announcing that drummer Derrick Frost and founding bassist Matt Goddard left the band to pursue personal interests. The group, who are on tour in support of their latest album DEVIL, have added drummer Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta, Suicidal Tendencies) and bassist Joe Troy (RX Bandits) to the fold.... »