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  • More Beauty and Desolation: An Interview with Steve Lawson, Part 2

    More Beauty and Desolation: An Interview with Steve Lawson, Part 2

    In our last interview with solo bass whiz Steve Lawson, he gave us the scoop on his latest album, Beauty and Desolation. The gorgeous seven-song collection continues the bassist’s constant sonic exploration and artistic growth. Our chat included his ideas on the album’s concept, his improvisational style, and how he uses symbolism in music. In... »

  • In Memoriam: Josh Fauver

    In Memoriam: Josh Fauver

    Former Deerhunter bassist Josh Fauver has passed away at the age of 39. A cause of death was not reported, but a band representative confirmed the sad news. Fauver first joined the Atlanta-based indie rock band in 2004 after founding bassist Justin Bosworth died. He recorded on their debut self-titled album that same year and... »

  • In Memoriam: George Hawkins, Jr.

    In Memoriam: George Hawkins, Jr.

    Sad news to report today: George Hawkins, Jr. has passed away after battling cancer for the past year. The bassist and vocalist was a seasoned member of the music community and worked with artists ranging from Jimmy Reed to Roger Waters to Michael McDonald, who shared his grief on Facebook. “Today I’m wrestling with the... »

  • Purple House: An Interview with Ryan Madora

    Purple House: An Interview with Ryan Madora

    If you’ve been reading No Treble at all for the past seven years, you’ve probably read the work of Ryan Madora. Her popular columns run the gamut from mastering the blues to understanding your instrument to bass players you should know. If you haven’t heard her play yet, you need to check out Robben Ford’s... »

  • Neospectric: An Interview with Max Moran

    Neospectric: An Interview with Max Moran

    As artists, we try to combine all of our influences to create something new. Bassist Max Moran has achieved that with his new album, . The forward-thinking jazz album, which is anchored by his band of the same name, blends styles and genres for a beautiful flow over tight grooves. His unique sound came naturally... »

  • Witherfall: An Interview with Anthony Crawford

    Witherfall: An Interview with Anthony Crawford

    Witherfall is gearing up to release their second album, A Prelude to Sorrow, on November 2nd. The metal band draws from a lot of influences for an incredible sound, which is why it’s perfect that bassist Anthony Crawford is holding down the low end. His background in heavy music mixed with jazz and progressive rock... »

  • Head Cage: An Interview with John Jarvis

    Head Cage: An Interview with John Jarvis

    John Jarvis has been tearing it up on the bass in Pig Destroyer for five years, but Head Cage is the first album to feature his bass playing. That’s no big deal for some bands, but Jarvis is also the only bassist they’ve ever had. Fitting his sound into the already intense band was tricky... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Hernan Gordon

    Reader Spotlight: Hernan Gordon

    Meet Hernan Gordon, a bassist living in Argentina who first caught the bug thanks to Sid Vicious, and later started following the work of Jaco Pastorius. Hernan not only plays, he also teaches and even builds basses. Hernan is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I was born in... »

  • Beauty and Desolation: An Interview with Steve Lawson

    Beauty and Desolation: An Interview with Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson’s new album, Beauty and Desolation, could not have a better title. The completely improvised album teeters between delicate melodies and ominous soundscapes that seem to be a perfect picture of our times. He takes us on this sonic journey with just his bass – and a boatload of gear. Improvisation and being in... »

  • In Memoriam: Max Bennett

    In Memoriam: Max Bennett

    Sad news to report today: session bass legend Max Bennett, who worked with artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to The Beach Boys to Frank Zappa, has passed away. He was 90 years old. Bennett grew up between Kansas City and Oskaloosa, Iowa. He had his first professional gig with Herbie Fields in 1949, after which... »