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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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  • DOD Announces The Boneshaker Distortion Pedal

    DOD Announces The Boneshaker Distortion Pedal

    DOD is getting heavy with the new Boneshaker, a distortion pedal aimed at bass, baritone, and extended-range guitars. The circuit was designed by Black Arts Toneworks to focus on anything “heavy, loud and low.” The Boneshaker has Distortion, Depth and Level controls for dialing in the type of distortion. Its twist is a 3-band parametric... »

  • Katie Thiroux: “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” & “Ray’s Kicks”

    Katie Thiroux: “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” & “Ray’s Kicks”

    There’s a new name in the world of double bass we think you’ll be hearing a lot: Katie Thiroux. A student of John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton, Thiroux has an essence on the double bass that recalls the bluesy, soulful, straight-ahead style of Ray Brown while expressing her own voice. Here’s a great clip from... »

  • G&L Guitars Introduces Detroit Muscle Series R/T Collection LB-100 Bass

    G&L Guitars Introduces Detroit Muscle Series R/T Collection LB-100 Bass

    Continuing on last year’s Detroit Muscle Series, G&L Guitars has unveiled the R/T Collection, including an LB-100 model. The new instruments pay homage to classic muscle cars with four historic Mopar colors: Sublime Green, Go Mango, Plum Crazy, and Panther Pink. Each of the colors, which were honed for the instruments by Mitch Lanzini of... »

  • Harry Connick, Jr. and Ben Wolfe: Fly Me to the Moon

    Harry Connick, Jr. and Ben Wolfe: Fly Me to the Moon

    Here’s a great clip of bassist Ben Wolfe swinging hard with Harry Connick, Jr. on the jazz standard “Fly Me to the Moon” from a 1989 appearance on Night Music. Connick and Wolfe keep things light by drawing out the melody and playing off of each other. The duo start with just bass and vocals... »

  • Q-Tuner Introduces Q2.0 J-Bass Pickups

    Q-Tuner Introduces Q2.0 J-Bass Pickups

    Q-Tuner has expanded their line of neodymium pickups with the Q2.0 J-bass model. Designed for use with roundwound strings, the new pickup utilizes the company’s humbucker sidewinder technology fit into a standard J-style pickup size. The pickups uses a neodymium blade for passive, noiseless operation. Q-Tuner describes their output as dynamic and exceptionally clean, with... »

  • Bass of the Week: Healy Guitars Healer Bass

    Bass of the Week: Healy Guitars Healer Bass

    This week we check out the Healy Guitars Healer Bass. Based in Easthampton, Massachusetts, the company is headed by luthier Trevor Healy, who spent years honing his craft under the legendary Roger Sadowsky, Joe Zon, and others. The Healer is a take on a classic bass and features a curvy, offset mahogany body. Its set-neck... »

  • Zon Introduces Billy Gould Signature BG4 Bass

    Zon Introduces Billy Gould Signature BG4 Bass

    Zon’s booth at NAMM this year was highlighted by the release of the Billy Gould Signature BG4 Bass. The instrument has several unique features, including a tulip wood boy, a black satin finish, and a Hipshot D-tuner, but its electronics push the envelope. The BG4 is fitted with a pair of Bartolini pickups which seemingly... »

  • Ibanez Introduces BTB33 Volo Bass

    Ibanez Introduces BTB33 Volo Bass

    Ibanez has introduced the BTB Volo to their conceptual Bass Workshop Series. The Volo is a fresh take on the company’s BTB model that is aimed at players looking to explore the higher registers. The five-string bass features a shorter 33-inch scale and comes factory tuned from E to C, which Ibanez points out is... »

  • Aguilar Unveils Super Double Pickups

    Aguilar Unveils Super Double Pickups

    Aguilar introduced the Super Double Pickups at NAMM this year. The pickups feature dual rows of Alnico 5 pole pieces that the company says dishes out a “thick yet articulate tone” as well as hum-canceling performance. The pickups come in versions for four, five, and six-string basses. Aguilar builds them in their New York City... »

  • Truth Be Told: An Interview with Chip Shearin

    Truth Be Told: An Interview with Chip Shearin

    Chip Shearin is one of the most well rounded musicians in the world. He’s a top tier bassist who has worked with artists including Donald Byrd, Marion Meadows, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Ceelo, and many more. He produces commercial music for advertisements, television shows, and even composes film music. Millions have heard his... »