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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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  • Aguilar Amplification Announces Chorusaurus Bass Chorus Pedal

    Aguilar Amplification Announces Chorusaurus Bass Chorus Pedal

    Aguilar is expanding their effects lineup with the introduction of the Chorusaurus Bass Chorus. The pedal, which employs analog bucket-brigade technology, offers stereo or mono signal outputs. The Chorusaurus has a four knob layout with Blend, Rate, Intensity, and Width controls to dial in your tone from subtle swirling to extreme chorusing. Other features include... »

  • Cainã Cavalcante and Michael Pipoquinha: Rei Arthur

    Cainã Cavalcante and Michael Pipoquinha: Rei Arthur

    Four years ago, we posted a video of a 13-year old Brazilian bassist named Pipoquinha performing his original song, “Rei Arthur.” His playing blew everyone away, to say the least. We’re once again featuring Michael Pipoquinha, who is now 17, performing the same song but this time accompanied by guitarist Cainã Cavalcante. It’s incredible to... »

  • Orion Guitar Gear Debuts Pink Panther Guitar Strap to Benefit Susan G Komen Foundation

    Orion Guitar Gear Debuts Pink Panther Guitar Strap to Benefit Susan G Komen Foundation

    Orion Guitar Gear has introduced a new guitar strap to raise money for the Susan G Komen Foundation of Greater New York City. The Pink Panther strap is made of pink leather – in honor of the official color for breast cancer awareness – with a another layer of thick black leather on the back... »

  • Bass Review: Fender American Standard Dimension Bass IV HH

    Bass Review: Fender American Standard Dimension Bass IV HH

    Fender took a leap last year by introducing a new model apart from their genre-defining Precision and Jazz basses. The Dimension Bass started as a model in their Modern Player Series before branching into their Deluxe and American Deluxe series. But now the double humbucker model has been cemented into the brand’s lineup with an... »

  • 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... »