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  • Snarky Puppy, Featuring Susana Baca and Charlie Hunter: Molino Molero

    Snarky Puppy, Featuring Susana Baca and Charlie Hunter: Molino Molero

    Snarky Puppy recorded their upcoming release, Family Dinner Volume Two in February, 2015. Among the tracks was this one, featuring vocalist Susana Baca and guitarist Charlie Hunter. The tune is “Molino Molero”, which was written by Baca and arranged by Snarky Puppy bassist/bandleader Michael League and the band. “The [Family Dinner – Volume Two] project... »

  • Tim Carey and Amanda Taylor: Warm Coat

    Tim Carey and Amanda Taylor: Warm Coat

    Tim Carey shared his latest video with us – one that he and vocalist Amanda Taylor created as a submission to NPR’s “Tiny Desk” contest. This is an original song by the duo. “I tune my low E up to an F# to get the open A, D, and F# throughout the tune,” Tim told... »

  • Tanya O’Callaghan and Carolyn Cahill: Reason

    Tanya O’Callaghan and Carolyn Cahill: Reason

    During the 2016 Winter NAMM Show, my friend Steve Lawson introduced me to bassist Tanya O’Callaghan, and I’m glad he did. Tanya sent me a few of her videos, and we plan to feature them all over time. This one is from Tanya’s “Gold Blend,” a bi-monthly web series featuring different known and unknown Irish... »

  • Craig Butterfield and Jesse Jones: Pisces

    Craig Butterfield and Jesse Jones: Pisces

    The amazing Craig Butterfield is back with another jaw-dropping video. He’s once again teamed up with mandolinist Jesse Jones for an upcoming album, entitled Pisces. Here’s the duo tearing through the title track, with Butterfield burning up the fingerboard. The bassist gets creative during the breakdown with a pizzicato line punctuated by hand percussion on... »

  • Ray Riendeau: Black Or White

    Ray Riendeau: Black Or White

    At first, Ray Riendeau produced a bass arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Black Or White”. After that, he wanted to see how the vocals fit with it. He said after only a few edits, it all came together. “I’m jamming’ with the king of pop…well not really but pretty cool nonetheless,” he shared. We thought it... »

  • Project RnL: Moves Like Jagger (Live)

    Project RnL: Moves Like Jagger (Live)

    We got to check out Project RnL performing at NAMM, and it was a real thrill. Here they are in a recent live, pre-NAMM performance of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”, Project RnL-style. Bassist Or Lubianiker brings it! »

  • Gabrielle Walter-Clay & Common Thread: That Groove

    Gabrielle Walter-Clay & Common Thread: That Groove

    It was thrilling to see Alissia Benveniste perform with her group at this year’s Bass Bash at the Winter NAMM Show. Here’s Alissia laying it down with Common Thread in a 2013 video. The self-described “all-girl band” is performing the aptly named song “That Groove” – one the band says is “an original song we... »

  • Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles: Live at NAMM ’16

    Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles: Live at NAMM ’16

    Videos from this year’s Winter NAMM show are starting to roll in, and this one really caught my ear. Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy performed at the ROLI event with his band The Funk Apostles, including bassist MonoNeon. The band spins out their own jaw-dropping versions of The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” and... »

  • Me and Maria: Wintertime in My Heart

    Me and Maria: Wintertime in My Heart

    Bassist Johannes Pehrson shared this video by his duo with Maria Rosenberg, known as Me and Maria. This is their new single, “Wintertime in My Heart.” Johannes told me that the chords are played on his 4-string MusicMan bass, and the melodies and solos are played on his 4-string piccolo bass. In other words, outside... »

  • Slave: Slide, Live 1981

    Slave: Slide, Live 1981

    Slave’s “Slide” was one of those songs that created a wave of new bass players, thanks to the down and dirty groove pinned down by the late Mark Adams. Get a dose of some old school funk with this performance from a 1981 episode of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. »