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  • Two Full 1970 Shows from Frank Zappa Released in “Road Tapes” Series

    Two Full 1970 Shows from Frank Zappa Released in “Road Tapes” Series

    Not many full shows from Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention are available from mid-1970, making the Road Tapes, Venue #3 package a special one. The set includes two complete July 5, 1970 shows from Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the time, Jeff Simmons handled bass for the Mothers, which also included... »

  • Tiger Army Enlists Nashville Bassist Extraordinaire for Latest Album

    Tiger Army Enlists Nashville Bassist Extraordinaire for Latest Album

    Psychobilly band Tiger Army is sporting some serious bass cred. The group’s new album, V •••, features the work of Nashville bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Sturgill Simpson, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn and a host of others). It’s the band’s first studio effort since 2007’s Music from Regions Beyond. The group also added... »

  • The Killers Bassist Mark Stoermer Halts Touring

    The Killers Bassist Mark Stoermer Halts Touring

    The Killers have announced that Mark Stoermer will be taking a break from touring with the band to work on his own projects. The bassist, who has been part of the lineup since 2002, will still be a part of the band and involved in recording the group’s new album. “Mark has decided to take... »

  • Fur Peace Ranch Announces 2016 Bass Workshops

    Fur Peace Ranch Announces 2016 Bass Workshops

    Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch and Arts Center has announced its lineup of bass workshops for 2016, and it’s bound to be a good year. Kaukonen’s Hot Tuna partner and regular FPR educator Jack Casady will return while bassists Kai Eckhardt and Bobby Vega will teach their own workshops this summer and fall. First up... »

  • New Eric Clapton Album Features Old Collaborators

    New Eric Clapton Album Features Old Collaborators

    Bassist Dave Bronze, who appeared on Eric Clapton’s 1994 and 1998 albums From the Cradle and Pilgrim, has re-teamed with the guitar great for Clapton’s latest studio record, I Still Do. The new album featuring Bronze (Robin Trower, Art of Noise, Procol Harum, Dr. Feelgood) sees Clapton working with another old collaborator, producer Glyn Johns,... »

  • Stuart Hamm Announces Solo Bass Songs and Stories Tour 2016

    Stuart Hamm Announces Solo Bass Songs and Stories Tour 2016

    Here’s a tour you won’t want to miss: Stuart Hamm will be hitting the road in June for his “Solo Bass Songs and Stories Tour”. The trek, which focuses on the Northeast and parts of Canada, will have the bass legend performing songs from his latest album, The Book of Lies, plus new music including... »

  • Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch Releases Second Album

    Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch Releases Second Album

    Mudcrutch, Tom Petty’s band before the Heartbreakers, has released its second album, 2, more than 40 years after the band’s 1975 breakup. Mudcrutch can almost be seen as an incubator for Petty’s later band, including future Heartbreakers Mike Campbell (guitar) and Benmont Tench (keyboards). Both men, and Petty, are part of the current incarnation of... »

  • Boris Kozlov Releases Album as Bandleader

    Boris Kozlov Releases Album as Bandleader

    Two-time Grammy Award-winner Boris Kozlov has released his debut album as a bandleader: Conversations At The Well. The New York-based bassist, who originally hails from Russia, performs on the record with guitarist David Gilmore (Steve Coleman and Five Elements) and drummer Rudy Royston. The album was recorded on Feb. 16, 2016, in Brooklyn. Conversations at... »

  • The Damned Documentary Available on DVD/Blu-ray

    The Damned Documentary Available on DVD/Blu-ray

    A documentary film about seminal British punk band The Damned, by the maker of the “Lemmy” documentary about late Motörhead bassist/bandleader Lemmy Kilmister, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead features interviews with Lemmy (who had a brief stint with the group), fans like Guns ’n’... »

  • Piano Trio Album from Cyrus Chestnut Features Jazz Bass Great

    Piano Trio Album from Cyrus Chestnut Features Jazz Bass Great

    Jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s latest album, Natural Essence, features the work of noted jazz bassist Buster Williams (solo artist, Herbie Hancock Sextet, Art Blakey, Ron Carter and many more) and drummer Lenny White. The album features classic piano trio material, distinguished by Chestnut’s pleasure in playing, particularly when supported by such accomplished fellow musicians. The... »