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Kevin Johnson

No Treble managing editor Kevin Johnson is a freelance bassist in the Northern Virginia area. 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.

He regularly performs with the Caleb Nei Jazz Trio and singer-songwriter Kipyn Martin. He has also had the pleasure of playing workshops with artists such as clarinetist Eddie Daniels and drummer Ignacio Berroa.

Kevin is a true bass enthusiast and activist. In addition to writing for No Treble, he is Jazz Division Head 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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  • Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Summer Tour with Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna

    Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Summer Tour with Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna

    The Tedeschi Trucks Band has been going hard on the road this year, and now they’ve announced the biggest “Wheel of Soul” tour to date. The third annual summer tour will include support from The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna, meaning bass lovers will be treated to Timothy Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks), Chris Wood (The Wood... »

  • Bass of the Week: Stradi Symphony Stone Bass

    Bass of the Week: Stradi Symphony Stone Bass

    A lot of times, basses with exotic burl tops look like they are made out of marble. The Stradi Symphony Stone Bass is a step in that direction. In addition to its unique singlecut body shape, this particular bass is built with a cedar body topped with a thin layer of natural stone. The result... »

  • In Memoriam: Pete Overend Watts

    In Memoriam: Pete Overend Watts

    Pete Overend Watts, who founded and played bass for Mott the Hoople, has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. Born in Yardley, Birmingham, Watts started on guitar while at Ross Grammar School. He switched to bass when he was 18 and eventually started playing professionally with guitarist Mick Ralphs... »

  • Aguilar Amplification Unveils AG 700 Bass Amplifier

    Aguilar Amplification Unveils AG 700 Bass Amplifier

    Aguilar Amplification has announced the expansion of their AG amplifier series with the AG 700. The company describes their latest creation as having the clarity, dynamic range and fast transient response of their AG 500 with a larger low end and headroom. It offers 700 continuous watts at four ohms while weighing just 4.9 pounds.... »

  • The Killers Reissue “Hot Fuss” on Vinyl

    The Killers Reissue “Hot Fuss” on Vinyl

    In 2004, The Killers took the pop and rock worlds by storm with their debut album Hot Fuss. Propelled by bassist Mark Stoermer’s catchy bass lines, the release garnered hits with “Mr. Brightside”, “Somebody Told Me”, “Smile Like You Mean It,” and “All These Things That I’ve Done.” Now the band has reissued their breakout... »

  • Reverend Guitars Unveils Mike Watt Signature Wattplower Bass

    Reverend Guitars Unveils Mike Watt Signature Wattplower Bass

    Bass legend Mike Watt has teamed up with Reverend Guitars for a special signature bass called the Wattplower. The short-scale bass also features a smaller body and is reminiscent of vintage basses that Watt gravitated towards. “He was always modifying the vintage basses,” Reverend writes, “so Joe Naylor built the Wattplower with all of his... »

  • The Wood Brothers Release Live Album, Announce Tour Dates

    The Wood Brothers Release Live Album, Announce Tour Dates

    The Wood Brothers are back with a new live album and tour for 2017. The trio of guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood, and drummer Jano Rix have just released Live At The Barn, which sees the band performing at a beautiful and bittersweet venue. Late drummer/vocalist Levon Helm regularly featured the Wood Brothers at... »

  • Aidan Hampson Releases Red Hot Chili Peppers “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” Bass Transcription Book

    Aidan Hampson Releases Red Hot Chili Peppers “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” Bass Transcription Book

    Aidan Hampson has once again expanded his library of bass transcriptions, this time focusing on the funk rock work of Flea. More specifically, the book has the bass parts written out for the entire Red Hot Chili Peppers album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. “There are some absolute classics in here, including ‘Give It Away’, ‘Under... »

  • Geddy Lee Teams with Tech 21 for Signature SansAmp GED-2112

    Geddy Lee Teams with Tech 21 for Signature SansAmp GED-2112

    If you got to catch Rush in the past twenty years, you would have seen Geddy Lee on stage with household appliances in lieu of a bass amp. Going direct means relying on preamps for his sound, and now he’s helped to create a signature SansAmp with Tech 21. The Tech 21 Geddy Lee Signature... »

  • Nathan East Returns with “Reverence”

    Nathan East Returns with “Reverence”

    Two years ago and after forty years as first call bassist to the world’s top artists, Nathan East released his debut solo album. Now he’s back with Reverence. The 12-song album features many of the same artists he’s worked with over the years, including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Kirk Whalum, Yolanda Adams, Chick Corea, and... »