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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... »

  • 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... »

  • 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... »

  • Superette: An Interview with Chris Lightcap

    Superette: An Interview with Chris Lightcap

    Chris Lightcap has an exquisite new album called Superette that takes his jazz-oriented music in a new direction. The album is named after his new all-electric ensemble featuring Jonathan Goldberger and Curtis Hasselbring on guitars and Dan Rieser on drums. An experiment in sounds, the group is described as exploring “the nexus of of harmolodics,... »

  • Conversations: An Interview with Darryl Anders

    Conversations: An Interview with Darryl Anders

    Agapésoul has just released their sophomore album, Conversations, featuring a host of guest artists supported by a core group of musicians. In the center of that core is bassist and bandleader Darryl Anders. Originally from Florida, Anders grew up in a musical family and picked up the bass after starting on trumpet in third grade.... »

  • Get Low: An Interview with Lucas Warford

    Get Low: An Interview with Lucas Warford

    I’m always interested in unique characters that play the bass, so when I read that Lucas Warford was described as “the acid baby of Tom Waits and Les Claypool,” I was sold. One listen to his band Three for Silver backs up that portrayal. Warford’s unique style isn’t just an act. He thrives on creativity... »

  • Disappearing Man: An Interview with Byron Isaacs

    Disappearing Man: An Interview with Byron Isaacs

    Over his career, Byron Isaacs has worked with some of the greatest songwriters of our time: Levon Helm, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Roseanne Cash, and more. He co-founded the bands Ollabelle and Lost Leaders, plus he’s spent the past few years recording and touring the world with The Lumineers. Suffice it... »