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  • Gov’t Mule Returns with “Revolution Come… Revolution Go”

    Gov’t Mule Returns with “Revolution Come… Revolution Go”

    After 15 studio and live albums, Gov’t Mule has returned with Revolution Come… Revolution Go. The band, anchored by Jorgen Carlsson, proves their staying power in the release, which blends several genres to create their unique sound. “The main thing for us is to always have our personalities shining through,” frontman Warren Haynes explains. “When... »

  • Mark King Joins Stewart Copeland’s Gizmodrome

    Mark King Joins Stewart Copeland’s Gizmodrome

    Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland has put together a new group called Gizmodrome, and he picked some heavy hitters to join him. The band is rounded out by Italian keyboardist Vittorio Cosma, guitarist Adrian Belew, and Level 42 bassist Mark King. The project will release their self-titled debut album on September 15th, 2017. Gizmodrome started... »

  • James Jamerson Bass Sold at Auction

    James Jamerson Bass Sold at Auction

    If you’ve been online recently, you’ll know the most talked about story in the bass community in the last month has been the auction for a bass previously owned by James Jamerson. Owned by the Motown genius from 1962 until approximately 1968, the 1961 Fender Precision was reportedly given to fellow Detroit bassist Billy Hayes... »

  • Rancid Returns with “Trouble Maker”

    Rancid Returns with “Trouble Maker”

    Legendary punk band Rancid has returned with their ninth album, Trouble Maker. Anchored by bass freak Matt Freeman, the 19-song collection runs from blistering riffs to ska-infused jams. Freeman’s lines continue to be rooted in driving the song while bringing a melodic element to the grooves. For proof, check out the band playing the album... »

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  • Bakithi Kumalo Anchors New Paul Simon “The Concert in Hyde Park” DVD

    Bakithi Kumalo Anchors New Paul Simon “The Concert in Hyde Park” DVD

    In 2012, Paul Simon reunited with his Graceland musicians to perform special concert at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London. Held at Hyde Park, the concert also featured special appearances by Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Jimmy Cliff. The whole cast was anchored by the unshakeable bass grooves of Bakithi Kumalo. Luckily, it’s... »

  • Victor Wooten to Record Bass for Revived Nitro Glam Metal Band

    Victor Wooten to Record Bass for Revived Nitro Glam Metal Band

    Founding members Michael Angelo Batio and frontman Jim Gillette announced last year that they’d be reforming their ’80s glam metal band Nitro for a new album. They also announced that Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler would be filling the group out, though the question of who would play bass on the record has been... »

  • Peter Dominguez Releases “Groove Dreams”

    Peter Dominguez Releases “Groove Dreams”

    Peter Dominguez has released Groove Dreams, an intimate and jaw-droppingly beautiful new solo double bass album. While the 10-song collection varies in content from jazz standards to new compositions to pop ballads, there is one common thread throughout: the late, great jazz legend Milt Hinton. Dominguez, who is a professor of jazz studies and double... »

  • Simon Sammut Returns With “Crossing”

    Simon Sammut Returns With “Crossing”

    Bassist Simon Sammut has released his sophomore solo album called Crossing. Following up on 2011’s Bassic Attitude, the effort is an evolution of his sound, which he describes as “fluid in texture and inspiration.” “The musical score and complimentary paintings are based on a common theme of ‘crossing,'” he writes. “Essentially it is about crossing... »

  • Phil Lesh Weighs In On New Grateful Dead Documentary

    Phil Lesh Weighs In On New Grateful Dead Documentary

    Grateful Dead fans are ecstatic about Long Strange Trip, the new four-hour documentary that tells the legendary band’s tale. It is showing in select theaters and now streaming on Amazon Prime. As in-depth as the film is, bassist Phil Lesh says it doesn’t cover the whole story. “It’s only telling part of the story,” he... »

  • Harry Shearer To Release Spinal Tap Bassist Derek Smalls Solo Album

    Harry Shearer To Release Spinal Tap Bassist Derek Smalls Solo Album

    Thirty-three years after the mockumentary that put Spinal Tap on the map, Derek Smalls is making a solo album. The “Big Bottom” bassist, a character played by Harry Shearer, is reportedly in the process of recording his solo debut, tentatively entitled Smalls Change. Shearer talked about the project with GQ, saying it will “shed light... »