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  • Oceans of Love: Chuck Rainey’s Life in Music

    Oceans of Love: Chuck Rainey’s Life in Music

    “I wouldn’t be the musician I am today without Chuck Rainey,” said Victor Wooten. “If there was a musical soundtrack put to my childhood, Chuck would have played bass on most of it.” We should have taken Wooten’s adulation as fact, but we weren’t sure. Was Rainey some sort of musical superhero? As bass players,... »

  • Victor Wooten’s VixCamps Open For Registration

    Victor Wooten’s VixCamps Open For Registration

    Registration is now open for Victor Wooten’s 2016 Music and Nature Camps. This season includes five main programs at Wooten Woods outside of Nashville, Tennessee plus three additional programs that branch out the educational offerings. VixCamps kicks off with the original Bass/Nature Camp from July 18th to the 24th. “Following the outline set in motion... »

  • Ninth Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam Announced

    Ninth Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam Announced

    The Rocky Mountains will be shaking once again at the 9th Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam on May 15th, 2016. This year the Slam, held in Denver, will be headlined by bass legend Chuck Rainey and funkmeister Doug Johns along with local performers. “The Bass Slam will showcase the Colorado Bass Talent via several different... »

  • Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, David T. Walker and More: Tighten Up

    Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, David T. Walker and More: Tighten Up

    Today is bass legend Chuck Rainey’s birthday, and we’re celebrating with a jam of epic proportions. Here’s Rainey jamming the 1968 Archie Bell and the Drells song “Tighten Up,” from the 1993 “Coolin’ ’N Groovin’” performance in Japan. The session includes a who’s who of R&B session players, including drummer Bernard Purdie, guitarist David T.... »

  • 2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #10: Chuck Rainey

    2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #10: Chuck Rainey

    For a period of about a year, between late 2011 and late 2012, bassist Chuck Rainey was met with some major events. In late 2011, the bass legend suffered a stroke. Twelve months later, he lost his home in a fire. Thankfully, 2013 closed with better news. Rainey was able to release his new album,... »

  • Xotic Unveils Chuck Rainey Signature Bass

    Xotic Unveils Chuck Rainey Signature Bass

    Bass legend Chuck Rainey has a new signature model from Xotic called the XPJ-1T, a bass designed with versatility in mind. Rainey collaborated with Xotic on the bass which features a P/J pickup configuration with elements of the company’s XP and XJ models. The XPJ-1T starts with a ash body and a bolt-on maple neck... »

  • Track by Track: Chuck Rainey Talks “Interpretations of a Groove”

    Track by Track: Chuck Rainey Talks “Interpretations of a Groove”

    Let’s face it, if you call yourself a bass player and don’t know and speak the name Chuck Rainey with reverence, then you would be in the minority. The bulk of us have long admired and emulated this pioneer of the bass guitar from the moment we began playing anything that grooved. Indeed, for most... »

  • Chuck Rainey Loses Home to Fire

    Chuck Rainey Loses Home to Fire

    Chuck Rainey has been dealt another tragedy just 12 months after suffering a stroke, as the 72-year old bassist and family have lost their home to a fire on November 15th. Luckily, the Rainey family is unharmed, but the local fired department described the amount of loss as “quite a lot.” The family has set... »

  • Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Rainey

    Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Rainey

    Chuck Rainey’s bass lines have laid the foundation for many of the most popular songs in pop, rock, jazz and fusion that emerged from the ’60s and ’70s. From Aretha Franklin to Marvin Gaye to Steely Dan, he’s played an integral part in the music of at least five Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame... »

  • Donation Fund Set Up for Chuck Rainey’s Recovery

    Donation Fund Set Up for Chuck Rainey’s Recovery

    A Medical and Well Health Fund has been set up for bass legend Chuck Rainey, who suffered a major stroke last year. Though his family is hopeful for a full recovery, Rainey has not been able to work during his treatment. As his medical bills increase, his income has decreased, according to the message on... »