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  • Brad Russell: Van Halen’s Spanish Fly on Bass

    Brad Russell: Van Halen’s Spanish Fly on Bass

    Brad Russell loves taking tunes written for guitar and turning them into solo bass pieces. He shared his latest effort with us, tackling Van Halen’s “Spanish Fly.” “I feel when a piece of music like Bach or Miles Davis is played it can be played on ANY instrument and sound good that’s a true sign... »

  • Brad Russell: Steve Vai’s “The Attitude Song” on Bass

    Brad Russell: Steve Vai’s “The Attitude Song” on Bass

    Guitarist Steve Vai is known for his insane playing and fireworks on the instrument. Brad Russell decided to tackle Vai’s style by playing the guitar part to “The Attitude Song” on his four-string bass. From the pinch harmonics to the crazy whammy bar work, Russell brings the fire from the low end. »

  • Brad Russell Releases New EP

    Brad Russell Releases New EP

    Prolific bassist Brad Russell (Pat Travers, Ric Derringer, Peter Cetera) has released a new EP, Daily Shred. The six-track, 20-minute instrumental EP also features drummers Gregg Bissonette and Jason Furman and includes a take on the pop classic, “Wichita Lineman,” made famous by Glen Campbell. Daily Shred is available as a digital download ( and... »

  • Brad Russell and Aquiles Priester: Metal Improved

    Brad Russell and Aquiles Priester: Metal Improved

    Brad Russell sent in this killer duo with Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester for the bassist’s song “Metal Improved,” and it’s a bombshell. Russell has an absolutely gnarly tone to complement his face-melting licks, while Priester adds his own flair to the metal groove. If you’re a fan of heavy grooves and bass fireworks, you’re sure... »

  • Detroit Bass Day Returns for 2015

    Detroit Bass Day Returns for 2015

    If you hear a rumble coming from the Midwest, don’t worry. It’s just the buildup to Detroit Bass Day on August 8th, 2015. This year’s event will take place at the Detroit Institute of Music Education and promises to be the biggest one yet. Detroit Bass Day 2015 will be hosted by Lola George with... »

  • Brad Russell: Cult of Personality

    Brad Russell: Cult of Personality

    Here’s something you wouldn’t expect: a cover of Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality” on bass, drums and 7-string electric violin. The entire arrangement was put together by bassist Brad Russell, who absolutely tears the song up with a gnarly distortion and blazing licks. He then trades solos with violinist Earl Maneein while Jason Furman holds... »

  • Brad Russell: Zattack

    Brad Russell: Zattack

    Get ready for some nasty bass distortion. Bassist Brad Russell sent us this video of his song “Zattack” from his album Let’s Hear It! »

  • Brad Russell & Steve Smith: Spain

    Today’s featured vid showcases the great bass work of Brad Russell, playing Chick Corea’s “Spain” to a recording with drummer Steve Smith. Brad is a freelance bassist who has worked with Clarence Clemmons, Pat Travers, Ric Derringer and Peter Cetera. »