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Pawn and Prophecy: An Interview with Mike LePond
Interviews

Pawn and Prophecy: An Interview with Mike LePond

Symphony X bassist Mike LePond is gearing up to release his second album with his solo project, Silent Assassins, and it’s a beast of an album. Pawn and Prophecy is an eight-song adventure leading listeners through the bassist’s favorite literature. Songs vary in story from Greek mythology to literature like H.P. Lovecraft. The masterpiece of the album is a 20-minute...

In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2017
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2017

It’s the end of the year and once again time to reflect on 2017. The world lost some incredible members of the bass community this year from prog-rock legends to luthiers to bass amp innovators. As always, they may be gone but their memories will live on through their work. Join us as we remember the lives and legacies of...

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In Memoriam: Lenny Stallworth
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Lenny Stallworth

David “Lenny” Stallworth, who anchored Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor and toured with Maceo Parker, has passed away. Raised in Moss Point, Mississippi, Stallworth started playing bass at 11 years old and one year later joined his first band: The Super Soul Movement. At eighteen he joined the show band Poo Nanny and toured the Chitlin’ Circuit where he got the...

In Memoriam: Richard Ruse
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Richard Ruse

Sad news to report today: Trickfish Amplification founder Richard Ruse has passed away. The company announced his death on social media. “It is with great sadness and loss that we announce the passing of our founder and visionary, Richard Ruse,” they wrote on Facebook. “Richard passed away from complications due to an infection he was battling for several weeks. Richard...

Elevator Man: An Interview with Lorenzo Feliciati
Interviews

Elevator Man: An Interview with Lorenzo Feliciati

Like much of his music, Italian bassist and composer Lorenzo Feliciati’s new album, , blends his loves of jazz and rock together in an amazing and eclectic way. However, the new release has a decidedly prog-rock flavor that evokes the likes of King Crimson and Allan Holdsworth while remaining entirely fresh. That’s not an accident. “While a varied stylistic approach...

Reader Spotlight: Guillaume Couture
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Guillaume Couture

Meet Guillaume Couture, a bassist from Canada who had the good fortune of growing up around a P-bass (his dad’s). Guillaume started experimenting with it, kicking off a 12-year (and counting) run on the bass. Guillaume is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!) Here’s his story… Bio: For as long as I can remember,...

In Memoriam: Robert “Pops” Popwell
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Robert “Pops” Popwell

Robert “Pops” Popwell, who played with The Young Rascals and The Crusaders, has passed away. He was 70 years old. Born in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1946, Popwell started his career in the ’60s. He quickly got work in the jazz and R&B worlds. In 1970 alone, he recorded with Doris Duke, Hubert Laws, Deryll Inman, The Atlanta Disco Band,...

Stories Behind the Songs: Kenny Passarelli
Stories Behind the Songs

Stories Behind the Songs: Kenny Passarelli

Kenny Passarelli’s place in music history was cemented when he co-wrote Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” but that just scratches the surface of his career. He also worked with Elton John, Hall and Oates, Stephen Stills, Tommy Bolin, Dan Fogelberg, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), and more. Naturally, he has more than a few stories to tell. The bassist grew up...

In Memoriam: Chad Hanks
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Chad Hanks

American Head Charge bassist Chad Hanks has died after fighting a terminal disease. He was 46 years old. Hanks co-founded the Minneapolis-based band in 1997 and, along with frontman Cameron Heacock, was one of only two consistent members throughout the group’s history. He’s featured on the band’s self-released debut, Trepanation, as well as The War of Art, The Feeding, and...

Back To The Start: An Interview With Bruce Thomas
Interviews

Back To The Start: An Interview With Bruce Thomas

We know that many No Treble readers are big fans of Bruce Thomas of The Attractions, as the recent transcriptions of his bass lines have been popular features. So it’s good to hear that he’s been in the studio again. He has recorded a new album called in collaboration with singer-songwriter Spencer Brown, with ten new tracks and a cover...