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  • James Jamerson’s Family Starts GoFundMe to Raise New Headstone, Scholarship Fund

    James Jamerson’s Family Starts GoFundMe to Raise New Headstone, Scholarship Fund

    Without a doubt, James Jamerson is a huge figure in the history of the electric bass. His work on countless Motown hits inspired scores of bassists while creating the groove that made a generation dance. Now his family wants his burial site to have a headstone to match his legacy. Jamerson’s cousin Anthony McKnight has... »

  • The Stray Cats Reunite For 2018 Concert

    The Stray Cats Reunite For 2018 Concert

    Rockabilly fans rejoice: The Stray Cats are reuniting to perform their first North American performance in 10 years. The original trio of Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom, and Lee Rocker will be performing at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend on Saturday, April 21st. The band, known for hits like “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock... »

  • Earthquaker Devices Introduces Westwood Translucent Drive Manipulator

    Earthquaker Devices Introduces Westwood Translucent Drive Manipulator

    Earthquaker Devices has introduced the Westwood, a pedal they describe as “a mild mannered light-to medium-gain translucent overdrive manipulator.” Its EQ section includes Treble and Bass controls with up to 20 dB of cut/boost while its drive section offers a host of tones. “The Westwood’s Drive control sets the level of gain for a near-clean... »

  • Pawn and Prophecy: An Interview with Mike LePond

    Pawn and Prophecy: An Interview with Mike LePond

    Symphony X bassist Mike LePond is gearing up to release his second album with his solo project, Silent Assassins, and it’s a beast of an album. Pawn and Prophecy is an eight-song adventure leading listeners through the bassist’s favorite literature. Songs vary in story from Greek mythology to literature like H.P. Lovecraft. The masterpiece of... »

  • Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Wheels of Soul Tour 2018

    Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Wheels of Soul Tour 2018

    Each summer the Tedeschi Trucks Band puts on their Wheels of Soul Tour with a killer lineup. This year is no different as the band has tapped Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band to join them on the 19-date trek. “We all draw from some of the same roots,” co-bandleader Derek Trucks explains. “But... »

  • Mike Gordon Adds New 2018 Tour Dates

    Mike Gordon Adds New 2018 Tour Dates

    Mike Gordon has announced a new string of tour dates in support of his latest album, OGOGO, that will take the bassist and his band through the Northeast. The extra dates which land in March and April, are added to his current 2018 schedule that focuses on the West Coast and South. Gordon’s band consists... »

  • Genzler Amplification Unveils the BA12-3 SLT Cabinet

    Genzler Amplification Unveils the BA12-3 SLT Cabinet

    Two years after introducing their Bass Array design, Genzler Amplification has unveiled a slanted model called the BA12-3 SLT. The new cab fits a 12-inch woofer in a vented bass reflex design and a 4 x 3-inch neodymium cone-driver line array into a slanted cab. “The slanted version further enhances all benefits of the BA... »

  • Levy’s Leathers Releases Utopia Magnolia and Lawless Guitar Straps

    Levy’s Leathers Releases Utopia Magnolia and Lawless Guitar Straps

    Levy’s Leathers has launched two new guitar straps: the Utopia Magnolia and the Lawless. Designed by Danica Levy, the new straps are inspired by the magnolia and the Navajo tribe. “I wanted to design a more gentle and feminine counterpart to the wild rose [for the Utopia Magnolia],” she wrote. ” The pinks, purples and... »

  • Bass of the Week: Adam Clayton’s Wild Customs H. Moser & Cie Bass

    Bass of the Week: Adam Clayton’s Wild Customs H. Moser & Cie Bass

    Adam Clayton is a bassist with style. He’s an avid collector of fine watches, and now he has just the instrument to match. H. Moser & Cie teamed up with Wild Customs to gift the U2 bassist with a gorgeous custom bass that brings his passions together. “A founder member of U2 who writes about... »

  • Janek Gwizdala Publishes “All The Better Stuff” Instructional Book

    Janek Gwizdala Publishes “All The Better Stuff” Instructional Book

    Janek Gwizdala has just published the follow up to 2014’s All The Good Stuff instructional book with a release called All The Better Stuff. Crammed with exercises and lessons for electric bass, the new book is a continuation of the bassist’s dive into his approach to practice. “The entire purpose of this and all of... »