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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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  • Ashdown Engineering Unveils AAA EVO Bass Amplification Series

    Ashdown Engineering Unveils AAA EVO Bass Amplification Series

    Ashdown’s AAA combo amps have evolved. Introduced at the Winter NAMM show, the AAA EVO collection includes four combo amps as well as a 1×15″ cabinet. Each of the combos comes with the company’s App Tek socket, allowing bassists to access amp simulators, effects, and other apps from their smartphones. Other common features include a... »

  • Boss Introduces BC-1X Bass Comp Pedal

    Boss Introduces BC-1X Bass Comp Pedal

    Following up on last year’s bass driver, Boss introduced the BC-1X Bass Comp at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show. The pedal is a multi-band compressor optimized for bass that the company says offers a wide range of compression without altering a bass’s fundamental tone. The BC-1X has the familiar compressor controls of Level, Release, Ratio,... »

  • Alberto Rigoni and Remco Hendrix: FutureFunk

    Alberto Rigoni and Remco Hendrix: FutureFunk

    Bassist Alberto Rigoni is gearing up a new album called Bassorama for an April release, and to hype it up he’s published this video of the track “FutureFunk” featuring Remco Hendrix. The duo blends their own styles and don some creepy masks to really get into it. Bassorama will be released April 15th. »

  • Schecter Teams Up With Michael Anthony for Signature Bass

    Schecter Teams Up With Michael Anthony for Signature Bass

    Ex-Van Halen and current The Circle bassist Michael Anthony has a brand new signature bass from Schecter Guitars. Available in production and custom shop versions, the bass is a take on their Model T with updates to suit Anthony’s playing style. The Diamond Series Michael Anthony Bass is built in South Korea with an Alder... »

  • Armin Metz: Swifty

    Armin Metz: Swifty

    Armin Metz is back with another beautiful bass song set in nature. “Swifty” is a solo bass piece with swirling rhythms and harmonic twists. Metz gets a sweet tone out of his ’77 Fender Jazz, which completes the theme with a custom floral pickguard. »

  • Bass of the Week: PRS Guitars Private Stock Hollowbody Bass 4

    Bass of the Week: PRS Guitars Private Stock Hollowbody Bass 4

    PRS Guitars began their Private Stock series 20 years ago, and to celebrate they’ve brought back their guitar of the month showcase. They kicked it off with a jaw-dropping Private Stock Hollowbody Bass 4, which is our bass of the week. The short scale bass features a solid center block with hollow body wings. The... »

  • The Who Announces Tour with Tal Wilkenfeld Band

    The Who Announces Tour with Tal Wilkenfeld Band

    2016 is turning out to have some incredible tours for bassists. The Who will be continuing their “The Who Hits 50!” tour with a new North American leg, and they’ve tapped Australian bass phenom Tal Wilkenfeld to open the shows. Between Pino Palladino in the The Who and Wilkenfeld’s band, these shows are going to... »

  • Ibanez Introduces SR Cerro Singlecut Bass

    Ibanez Introduces SR Cerro Singlecut Bass

    Ibanez has expanded their Bass Workshop and Soundgear models with the SR Cerro, a singlecut bass available in Natural and Deep Twilight finishes. The Cerro’s body connects to the neck from the 24th fret all the way to 13th fret for increased stability and sustain. Built with neck-through construction, it’s built with a mahogany body,... »

  • Tech 21 Unveils Bass Fly Rig at NAMM 2016

    Tech 21 Unveils Bass Fly Rig at NAMM 2016

    Tech 21 introduced a Bass version of the Fly Rig 5 at NAMM this year, fitting five of their famed pedals into one. The Bass Fly Rig includes a SansAmp, Octafilter, Chorus, Compressor, and a Boost rolled into one pedal with extra connectivity for versatility. Each effect has its own controls. The SansAmp is complete... »

  • Journey Instruments Introduces Collapsible Carbon Fiber Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Journey Instruments Introduces Collapsible Carbon Fiber Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Journey Instruments has expanded their line of collapsible carbon fiber instruments with its first bass, called the OB660 Overhead Carbon Fiber Acoustic Bass. The bass has a compact design with a removable neck that allows for it to be folded up and fitted into an airplane’s overhead compartment. “The TSA-approved travel case safely encloses the... »