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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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  • OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

    OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

    OZZtosh unveiled their latest creation, the LUMA Bass, at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee last week. The bass follows suit with the rest of their LUMA series and is CNC machined from a 6061 solid aluminum billet. The instrument is then hand polished and assembled in the U.S. Weighing in at 8.7 pounds,… »

  • PreSonus Introduces Capture for iPad and Capture Duo

    PreSonus Introduces Capture for iPad and Capture Duo

    PreSonus has ported their Capture audio-recording software to the iPad with two new apps: Capture for iPad and Capture Duo. Capture for iPad allows for recording up to 32 tracks simultaneously with 24-bit, 96 kHz fidelity, while Capture Duo is a free version that lets you record and play two stereo tracks. Both… »

  • ValveTrain Amplification Announces Brandywine All-Tube Bass Amp

    ValveTrain Amplification Announces Brandywine All-Tube Bass Amp

    Amp company ValveTrain has announced the Brandywine amplifier, a 50-watt all-tube bass amp inspired by the bass amps for the early ‘60s. The amp is described as marrying vintage tone with modern features and was designed primarily for studio use. Instead of a simple pad, the amp starts with a variable pad on the input… »

  • Mastodon Announces North American Fall Tour

    Mastodon Announces North American Fall Tour

    Three weeks after releasing their sixth studio album Once More ’Round the Sun, Mastodon is set to take their show once more ’round North America this fall. The tour kicks off on October 15 at Revolution in Boise, Idaho before criss crossing the U.S. with a stop in Montreal for good measure. The fall outing… »

  • Rick Turner Teams Up with Michael Kelly Guitars to Release Licensed Renaissance Bass

    Rick Turner Teams Up with Michael Kelly Guitars to Release Licensed Renaissance Bass

    Luthier Rick Turner has teamed up with Michael Kelly Guitars to release a licensed line of his Renaissance instruments, including the Renaissance Bass. Turner, who co-founded Alembic in 1970, has been making the series by hand up until now. The Michael Kelly MKB4SB Renaissance Bass is a chambered acoustic 4-string bass built with an okumé… »

  • Deep Purple Announces North American Tour Dates

    Deep Purple Announces North American Tour Dates

    After touring Europe this year, Deep Purple will be bringing their NOW What?! tour to North America, starting August 4th. The outing is in support of their 19th studio album of the same name that was released last year. The band, anchored by bass powerhouse Roger Glover, will start their journey in Arizona before snaking… »

  • Davie504: 100 Bass Line Medley

    Davie504: 100 Bass Line Medley

    This video has been making the rounds, and for good reason. Bassist Davie504 made this incredible medley of 100 of the most popular bass lines of all time. “I chose and played 100 Great and Famous Bass Lines which, in my opinion, every bass player should know!” the bassist writes. “These bass lines helped me… »

  • Bass of the Week: James Colby’s Homemade “Glitzy” Bass

    Bass of the Week: James Colby’s Homemade “Glitzy” Bass

    Sometimes if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. We love it when bassists take building their instrument into their own hands, and Jim Colby nailed it with his bass that he calls “Glitzy.” ”‘Glitzy’ came about due to my love of 60’s Fender basses, and a meager paycheck,” the bassist… »

  • Digital Dream Sequence: An Interview with Dan Briggs

    Digital Dream Sequence: An Interview with Dan Briggs

    Musical diversity is a beautiful thing, and Dan Briggs has it in spades. Besides laying down the low end for the popular prog-metal outfit Between the Buried and Me, the bassist has several projects to express different sides of his playing including ORBS and Trioscapes, the latter of which is gearing up for their sophomore… »

  • Ella Basses Introduces Isaac Singlecut Bass

    Ella Basses Introduces Isaac Singlecut Bass

    Ella Basses has introduced a new singlecut model called the Isaac. Named after luthier Jeff Power’s son, the bass is handmade and can be ordered to suit. The Isaac has been made in 4- and 5-string versions with standard features including set-neck construction, Bartolini pickups and electronics, and Hipshot hardware. The first 4-string Isaac is… »