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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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  • Orange Amplification Unveils OBC210 Mini Bass Cabinet

    Orange Amplification Unveils OBC210 Mini Bass Cabinet

    Orange Amplification has announced the OBC210 Mini Bass Amp, a 2×10 cab that the company calls their “smallest conventional, non-isobaric cabinet to date.” The new enclosure includes two ten-inch Eminence Legend speakers and has an power rating of 400 watts at 8 ohms. The OBC210 Mini is constructed with birch plywood and features Orange signature... »

  • Things You Can’t See: An Interview with Chris Wyse

    Things You Can’t See: An Interview with Chris Wyse

    Bassist Chris Wyse is having a big year. After a decade-long stint with The Cult, he has left their ranks to lay down the low end for the Ace Frehley Band full-time. If that’s not enough, his trio Owl has just released their third album, entitled . The six-song collection features Wyse’s thick bass tone... »

  • Electro-Harmonix Introduces 22500 Dual Stereo Looper

    Electro-Harmonix Introduces 22500 Dual Stereo Looper

    Electro-Harmonix is expanding their looper lineup with the 22500, a dual stereo looper that combines a compact footprint with an intuitive user interface. The pedal allows each uncompressed audio track to be played in parallel or series to allow for layering harmonies or creating different sections of a song. Each loop has its own footswitch... »

  • Source Audio Introduces Reflex Universal Expression Controller

    Source Audio Introduces Reflex Universal Expression Controller

    Source Audio has released the Reflex Universal Expression Controller, a pedal they call “the stand-alone command center for all of your expression pedal needs.” The Reflex has three 1/4-inch expression outputs, expression control, six LFO wave shapes, MIDI continuous controller messages, 128 user presets, and a USB port. Each of the three expression outs has... »

  • Tim Carey and Amanda Taylor: Fever

    Tim Carey and Amanda Taylor: Fever

    Bassist Tim Carey and vocalist Amanda Taylor teamed up for this awesome version of the classic Peggy Lee song “Fever”. Carey fills the song out with some fantastic two-handed tapping that makes you forget there’s only two people performing. »

  • Bass of the Week: 3G Handmade Instruments Sniper Bass

    Bass of the Week: 3G Handmade Instruments Sniper Bass

    This week we’re taking a look at the Sniper bass by 3G Handmade Instruments. Made in Italy, the bass was designed for portability while keeping a full size bass experience. “[The] Sniper Bass was born to solve transport problems due to the electric bass pack size while maintaining the traditional scale and balance of a... »

  • Korn To Play Debut Album In Entirety On US Tour

    Korn To Play Debut Album In Entirety On US Tour

    Metal mainstays Korn have announced that they will be celebrating their self-titled debut album by performing it in its entirety on an extensive US tour. Focusing on more intimate venues, the trek will begin at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and snake across the entire country over the month of October. The record, which was... »

  • Warwick Announces Rockbass Adam Clayton Artist Line Bass

    Warwick Announces Rockbass Adam Clayton Artist Line Bass

    After introducing the custom shop version in May, Warwick has made good on their promise to bring the Adam Clayton Streamer CV Signature bass to their mid-priced Rockbass Artist Line. The bass, which Warwick describes as the “little brother” of the custom shop model, carries many of the same features while being manufactured in the... »

  • Travis Larson Band with Jennifer Young: Georgia On My Mind

    Travis Larson Band with Jennifer Young: Georgia On My Mind

    The Travis Larson Band recently released a new DVD called , and it’s got some fantastic bass playing on it thanks to Jennifer Young. Here’s a great clip of the power trio laying it down on the classic ballad “Georgia On My Mind.” Young opens things up with a lush two-handed tapping intro before laying... »

  • Judith Owen Announces After Party Tour with Leland Sklar

    Judith Owen Announces After Party Tour with Leland Sklar

    Welsh singer/songwriter Judith Owen is teaming up again with bass legend Leland Sklar for a handful of U.S. tour dates. Dubbed the “After Party” Tour, the trek will see the duo performing at theaters in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, and New York during mid-September. Sklar has been playing with Owen since recording her... »