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  • In Memoriam: Buell Neidlinger

    In Memoriam: Buell Neidlinger

    Sad news to report today: bassist Buell Neidlinger has passed away after a heart attack. He was 82 years old. Born in New York City, Neidlinger’s family moved to Westport, Connecticut when he was two years old. He was a prodigy on the cello, switching to bass at 13. He was a student of Count... »

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  • Bass To Infinity: An Interview with Buster Williams

    Bass To Infinity: An Interview with Buster Williams

    With nearly six decades in the business, Buster Williams has just about seen it all. He’s worked with some of the world’s best instrumentalists (Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, and Gene Ammons to name a few) and the world’s best vocalists (Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Dakota Staton, and Carmen McRae, to name a few).... »

  • The Perfect Setup: An Interview with Jason Brown

    The Perfect Setup: An Interview with Jason Brown

    A proper setup on your bass can make a world of difference in the way it responds to your playing. That’s why it’s so important to have gurus like Jason Brown around to figure out exactly what every bass needs. Brown is not only a luthier that specializes in the double bass, he’s a seasoned... »

  • In Memoriam: Craig MacGregor

    In Memoriam: Craig MacGregor

    Sad news to report today: longtime Foghat bassist Craig MacGregor has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 68 years old. Foghat announced the news on their Facebook page. “On behalf of Craig MacGregor’s family and the Foghat family, it is with great sadness that we are letting you know that we... »

  • Fuzzrocious Pedals Unveils the Octave Jawn Pedal

    Fuzzrocious Pedals Unveils the Octave Jawn Pedal

    One of the cooler effects we got to check out at NAMM this year was the Fuzzrocious Pedals Octave Jawn. (Jawn is Philly slang for “thing”.) Builder Ryan Ratajski says the new digital octaver will be a drop-in mod for his pedals. “Octave Jawn is a digital octaver specifically made to track faster than many... »

  • In Memoriam: Jim Rodford

    In Memoriam: Jim Rodford

    Sad news to report: Jim Rodford, who played bass with The Kinks and The Zombies, has passed away after falling down stairs. He was 76 years old. Rodford was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England in 1941. He began his musical career in a Skiffle band called Bluetones. He helped his cousin Rod Argent form... »

  • Dawn of the Dregs: An Interview With Andy West

    Dawn of the Dregs: An Interview With Andy West

    Last year one of the biggest surprises for music lovers was the announcement that the original members of the Dixie Dregs would be reuniting for a tour. That lineup includes guitarist Steve Morse, violinist Allen Sloan, drummer Rod Morgenstein, keyboardist Steve Davidowski, and – of course – bassist Andy West. West co-founded the band with... »

  • Pawn and Prophecy: An Interview with Mike LePond

    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... »

  • In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2017

    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... »

  • In Memoriam: Lenny Stallworth

    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’... »