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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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  • MBS Effectos Releases Evolution Volume Pedal

    MBS Effectos Releases Evolution Volume Pedal

    Argentinian effects company MBS Effectos has released the Evolution Volume Pedal. The active pedal utilizes a transparent buffer to allow for placement anywhere in your signal chain. It also has a buffered tuner output that’s not affected by any volume changes to allow for quick and easy tuning. The tuner output can be used to... »

  • Carvin Introduces Vanquish Series Bass Guitars

    Carvin Introduces Vanquish Series Bass Guitars

    Carvin has unveiled a new line of basses called the Vanquish Series, which the company calls a “radical departure from traditional bass guitars.” Available in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions, the new model is built with a beveled body for comfort and a 5-bolt neck for increased body/neck contact. Standard features on the series include... »

  • Willy González: 29 Mineros de San Albino

    Willy González: 29 Mineros de San Albino

    Willy González is one of my favorite bassists. His unique approach draws from traditional Latin American folk styles with strumming and fingerstyle techniques on his 6-string bass. Here’s Willy performing the song “29 Mineros de San Albino”: »

  • Book Review: Damian Erskine’s “The Improvisor’s Path”

    Book Review: Damian Erskine’s “The Improvisor’s Path”

    There comes a time for every bassist where they feel they’re in a rut or have hit a plateau in their playing and creativity. It happens to the best of us. Bassist and No Treble contributor Damian Erskine’s new book The Improvisor’s Path is a surefire way to get yourself back into high gear. While... »

  • Bass of the Week: Helios Guitars Evolution 4 Custom

    Bass of the Week: Helios Guitars Evolution 4 Custom

    This week we check out the Evolution 4 Custom by Helios Guitars. Made in Italy, the bass is completely handcrafted to benefit its tonal qualities. “Various instruments benefit the typical industry process of precision (in the cut, calibration, painting etc.),” Helios writes, “but suffer the stress of the prime material through the carving phases: high... »

  • Armin Metz: Infin

    Armin Metz: Infin

    Armin Metz has created a piece of art with his latest video for his song “Infin.” Using harmonics and a long reverb, Metz builds an ethereal soundscape with a minimalist video of just himself and his bass. »

  • Dan Lakin Launches D. Lakin Basses with Two New Models

    Dan Lakin Launches D. Lakin Basses with Two New Models

    Three years after selling Lakland Basses to a private investment group, Dan Lakin is getting back into the bass building business. His new company, D. Lakin Basses, is launching two new models that with his signature artists Joe Osborn and Bob Glaub. The Joe Osborn 4 is defined by a pair of single coil D.... »

  • Derek Frank: All Day Sucker

    Derek Frank: All Day Sucker

    Derek Frank has some serious groove, and he put it to work on this cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All Day Sucker.” Frank shares that his version is “played ala Marcus Miller, with some fun analog synths and vocoder in addition to bass.” Get ready to nod your head. »

  • Rikkers Custom Basses Announces Acoustiline and Acidline Basses

    Rikkers Custom Basses Announces Acoustiline and Acidline Basses

    Dutch luthier Rikkers Custom Basses turns thirty this year, and to celebrate the company has introduced two new bass models: the Acoustiline and the Acidline. As with the rest of their instruments, the basses are hand made in the North of Holland. The Rikkers Acoustiline is a unique hollow body acoustic bass defined by its... »

  • Scott LaFaro’s 1825 Prescott Bass Gifted to International Society of Bassists

    Scott LaFaro’s 1825 Prescott Bass Gifted to International Society of Bassists

    Few musicians can change the way others play their instrument, but Scott LaFaro was one of those special few. LaFaro’s free and floating style was more reminiscent of a saxophonist. His playing, especially with pianist Bill Evans, made people see the bass in a different light. Like too many of our favorite musicians, LaFaro’s life... »