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  • Bass Players to Know: Willie Weeks

    Bass Players to Know: Willie Weeks

    Time and time again, I must pay homage to the movie that sparked the flame of my musical obsession… the one that introduced me to a style with more passion and groove than I had ever experienced, with an eclectic history and diverse idioms, and with more influence than any other American genre: Blues Brothers…... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Check This Out

    The Lightbulb Moment: Check This Out

    It’s the year 2015. Hours are spent each day scrolling though videos on Facebook, clicking links to YouTube, or listening to preset Pandora, Spotify, and Amazon stations. We experience music on television commercials or reality TV shows, with hashtags and at symbols telling us where to go if we happen to like the song that... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Michael Rhodes

    Bass Players To Know: Michael Rhodes

    There’s nothing like setting foot in a new city. You open the door to an unchartered group of restaurants, find yourself meeting tons of new people, and most importantly, get the opportunity to discover a new music scene. Once you check off the touristy spots, it’s time to talk to some locals… it’s the fastest... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Toil And Trouble

    The Lightbulb Moment: Toil And Trouble

    It’s finally jacket weather. The leaves are falling, the sun is setting earlier every day, and the pumpkin spice latte has returned. Halloween is just around the corner, which means that my friends will search for the creepiest haunted houses and hayrides, only to force me to join them on an adventure that will make... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: It’s All in Your Head(space)

    The Lightbulb Moment: It’s All in Your Head(space)

    “Um, hey guys… excuse me… guys?!… Can you turn it down a little?” I glance behind me at the drummer and our eyes meet with the same surprised expression. He can’t be serious, right? We’re not playing rock and roll here… the drummer has yet to play with sticks instead of brushes, the keyboard player... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Erik Scott

    Bass Players to Know: Erik Scott

    I’m always surprised when I discover bass players who manage to go under the radar despite a diverse and truly impressive resume. They are the players who can’t be stopped… they’ve had all kinds of gigs, taken on the role of writer and producer, and even have a few solo projects to their name. We... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Never Have I Ever…

    The Lightbulb Moment: Never Have I Ever…

    Ah, there’s nothing like a 4:30 load in for a 7pm show. At a local club. With backline. That means that you arrive at the gig, hope that all of the other band members show up, watch the soundman set up the stage, and do a quick check before the doors open. In other words,... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Colin Greenwood

    Bass Players To Know: Colin Greenwood

    I must admit, writing the “Bass Player To Know” series can be somewhat self indulgent… I selfishly spend hours listening to and researching some of my favorite players, expanding both my knowledge base and musical collection. Every column rekindles my fascination with a particular player and sparks the desire to investigate others of a similar... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: It Takes One To Know One

    The Lightbulb Moment: It Takes One To Know One

    How do I play that bass line? Why do I have to use my pinky? Can’t we skip all the theory stuff? These are just some of the questions raised by a student in a recent lesson. Some of these are easy to answer… like the usefulness of the pinky finger (two heads are better... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Leroy Hodges

    Bass Players to Know: Leroy Hodges

    The Funk Brothers, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Booker T and The MGs — most of us have heard of these incredible studio groups. James Jamerson and Bob Babbit at Motown Studios, David Hood at Fame and Muscle Shoals Sound, and Duck Dunn at Stax… these session players (and their respective studio affiliations) have defined... »