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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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  • Chaos Labyrinth: An Interview with Jeff Hughell

    Chaos Labyrinth: An Interview with Jeff Hughell

    Of the few bassists who play a 7-string bass, no one makes it sound quite like Jeff Hughell. The veteran death metal musician gets a unique sonic fingerprint through his instruments and his unique techniques. He works the entire fretboard with lots of two-handed tapping and sweeping runs. Hughell’s individual sound and dedication have led... »

  • Phil Collins, with Leland Sklar: Sussudio, Live 1990

    Phil Collins, with Leland Sklar: Sussudio, Live 1990

    We’re celebrating Leland Sklar‘s birthday today with a throwback to his 1990 tour with Phil Collins. This clip from Knebworth has the band digging in on “Sussudio” in front of close to 120,000 fans, and you can tell Sklar is getting into it. The session ace gave us the scoop on this bass line during... »

  • Guild Introduces Westerly Collection B-140E Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Guild Introduces Westerly Collection B-140E Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Guild has introduces the Westerly Collection, a series pays homage to the company’s early history of acoustic instruments. The lineup includes the B-140E acoustic bass guitar, which is based on the mid-70’s B-50 model. Utilizing the Guild jumbo body shape, the bass is built with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid African mahogany back and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Stambaugh Designs 6-String Custom Inlayed Bass

    Bass of the Week: Stambaugh Designs 6-String Custom Inlayed Bass

    Chris Stambaugh of Stambaugh Designs posts a “Build of the Month” on his website to show his best work of the month, and it’s incredible to see the range of styles he produces. This week, we check out a custom six-string design he featured in November 2012, with a dramatic fingerboard inlay and breath-taking body... »

  • Felipe Gianei: Charlie Parker’s “Cherokee” Solo on Bass

    Felipe Gianei: Charlie Parker’s “Cherokee” Solo on Bass

    We can learn a lot about our instrument by transcribing other instrumentalists, and Charlie Parker’s recordings are a lifetime of lessons. Bassist Felipe Gianei spent four months transcribing Bird’s solo on “Cherokee” and applying it to bass. “[The] first time I listened to this recording of Cherokee I thought, ‘Man, I want to know what... »

  • MXR Now Shipping the M85 Bass Distortion Pedal

    MXR Now Shipping the M85 Bass Distortion Pedal

    After announcing the pedal at the NAMM Show this year, Dunlop is now shipping the MXR M85 Bass Distortion. The pedal was designed with Fuzzrocious Pedals founder Ryan Ratajski and is described as revamp on a “famously nasty sounding distortion circuit” that’s been retooled for the modern player. The M85 has separate Dry and Wet... »

  • Andrew Gouche: 1968 Fender Jazz Bass Church Flow

    Andrew Gouche: 1968 Fender Jazz Bass Church Flow

    Gospel bass legend Andrew Gouche has started posting videos of his church performances, and this one of his “church flow” with his trusty 1968 Fender Jazz Bass is on point. Gouche accompanies the choir on “Is My Living In Vain” during a recent service. The clip is a treat as a performance, but it also... »

  • Devi Ever FX Reintroduces Silver Rose Fuzz Pedal

    Devi Ever FX Reintroduces Silver Rose Fuzz Pedal

    Devi Ever FX is re-releasing the Silver Rose with some upgrades. The company, which was acquired by the people who run Dwarfcraft Devices in 2013, says that the monster fuzz pedal’s updated circuitry allow for extreme versatility. “[The Silver Rose] covers all the ground of the original with some serious improvements, like swapping out the... »

  • Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Unveils RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish Bass

    Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Unveils RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish Bass

    Nashville bassist and educator Roy Vogt has teamed up with Kiesel/Carvin Guitars to release the RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish Bass. The 6-string bass, which is the first bass to carry the Kiesel badge, is made in the USA in the company’s custom shop and can be ordered with a variety of options. Standard features... »

  • In Memoriam: Louis Johnson

    In Memoriam: Louis Johnson

    Bass legend Louis Johnson, the funk session musician who played on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”, has passed away of undisclosed causes. He was 60 years old. Nicknamed “Thunder Thumbs,” Johnson was born in Los Angeles in 1955 and learned to play bass alongside his brother George. The duo would work alongside each other with Bobby... »