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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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  • Fodera Adds New Models to Standard Series

    Fodera Adds New Models to Standard Series

    Fodera is ramping up their Standard series with two new additions, two new combinations of existing models, and the return of two artist standard models. As part of the Standard series, all of the basses are built in small batches with a single configuration with no options to keep wait time and prices down. First... »

  • Acme Sound Introduces Low B-212 Bass Cabinets

    Acme Sound Introduces Low B-212 Bass Cabinets

    Acme Sound has expanded their bass cabinet offering with the Low B-212 cabinet. Available in standard and composite versions, the cabs carry dual 12-inch custom woofer that are mounted back to back. Each model has a recommended power rating between 1200 and 2000 watts. The models also include a 1×1-inch shallow horn and a proprietary... »

  • Project RnL ft. Jack Conte: Expiration Date (Pomplamoose)

    Project RnL ft. Jack Conte: Expiration Date (Pomplamoose)

    Project RnL is such a fun group, and their latest video is just more proof. Of course it helps that the group is anchored by the phenomenal Or Lubianiker. “Expiration Date (Pomplamoose)” continues their upbeat prog riffs and dynamic style. Lubianiker, who helped arrange the tune, lays down a magnificent groove. Check out the bassist’s... »

  • Fender Introduces Adam Clayton Signature Jazz Bass

    Fender Introduces Adam Clayton Signature Jazz Bass

    U2 bassist Adam Clayton has teamed up with Fender to create a new signature bass. The veteran rocker’s new axe is take on his 1965 Jazz with a few tweaks. “I played (my Sherwood Green 1965 Jazz Bass) a lot on the ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ tour and I really love it,” Clayton... »

  • Bass of the Week: Tomisic Guitars MIA Fretless Bass

    Bass of the Week: Tomisic Guitars MIA Fretless Bass

    This we take a look at the MIA, a custom fretless P-style bass built by Serbian luthier Milos Tomisic. The design is the brainchild of bassist Marko Cvetkovic, who put his work talents to use for his musical endeavors. “After some planning, [Tomisic] decided to start his own model line and that’s where we started... »

  • Keeley Electronics Releasing Bassist Compressor Pedal

    Keeley Electronics Releasing Bassist Compressor Pedal

    After introducing it at the NAMM show this year, Keeley Electronics is now readying to ship the Bassist Compressor. Described as an affordable studio-grade dbx compressor in stompbox format, the pedal is built around the THAT Corporation 4320 integrated circuit that utilizes voltage controlled amplifiers, an on-board true-RMS detector, and high performance op-amps. The Bassist... »

  • Höfner Unveils Limited Edition Eco Violin Basses

    Höfner Unveils Limited Edition Eco Violin Basses

    A classic bass is getting a limited edition contemporary makeover. Höfner has announced two new versions of their German-built Violin Bass featuring composite material in place of their typically rosewood fingerboards. “Traditionally most fingerboards have been faced with Rosewood or Ebony, but these are becoming restricted in use in some countries as world wood resources... »

  • Renaud Garcia-Fons: Bajo de Guia

    Renaud Garcia-Fons: Bajo de Guia

    Renaud Garcia-Fons never ceases to amaze me. Here’s another fantastic performance of his song “Bajo de Guia,” taken from his DVD The Marcevol Concert. Garcia-Fons has an insane amount of facility on the bass, especially in thumb position. His gypsy/flamenco style proves his rhythmic mastery, which is taken even further with his foot-tapping pattern. »

  • 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... »