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Reader Spotlight: Michael Hamer
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Michael Hamer

Michael Hamer grew up in a house full of music. That, plus the fact that his parents bought him a bass and amp for Christmas when he was 14 set him off on a life-long musical journey. Nearly five decades later, Michael is still at it, performing regularly with two groups. Michael is this week’s No Treble reader in the...

Reader Spotlight: Mark Hopkins
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Mark Hopkins

Meet Mark Hopkins, who started out on guitar in 1978. In 2012, he saw the light, switched to bass, and wondered what he’d been doing all those years. He’s collected quite a bit of gear since then! Mark is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: Born in 1963 in Spokane, WA, Mark Hopkins moved...

Conversations: An Interview with Darryl Anders
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Conversations: An Interview with Darryl Anders

Agap├ęsoul 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. One listen to the monster...

Reader Spotlight: Jonathan Alvear
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Jonathan Alvear

Meet Jonathan Alvear, a student of bass who also spends his time outside of school as a studio and solo bassist. Jonathan is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I’m currently a bachelor bass performance student at Musicians Institute. I play mostly 6 string bass. My specialty is playing looped solo bass compositions as...

Reader Spotlight: Roey Haviv
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Roey Haviv

Meet Roey Haviv, who keeps busy teaching and playing in Charlotte, NC. Roey has quite the collection of gear, including some basses with both interesting stories and unique features. He’s also a pedal nerd. Roey is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I was born in Israel and moved to the US to continue...

In the Queen’s Service: A Look at Aretha Franklin’s Bassists
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In the Queen’s Service: A Look at Aretha Franklin’s Bassists

Like the rest of the world, we’re in mourning over the passing of the Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul’s incredible vocal talents put a stamp on her generation while also giving her music a timeless quality that continues to be relevant today. Her career had highs and lows, but she was always a staple of the music world. We’re...

Reader Spotlight: Justin Almquist
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Justin Almquist

Justin Almquist got a later start on the bass, but he’s a quick learner. He continued his work through college and got into the gear side of things by working at Mackie. Justin is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I had a lot of interest in music growing up, but never played any...

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Get Low: An Interview with Lucas Warford
Interviews

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 and making his visions come...

Reader Spotlight: Steve Burke
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Steve Burke

Meet Steve Burke, who grew up around lots of musical instruments, taking him on the path from drums to guitar to bass. It was in high school when he started focusing more on bass, which eventually took him to Berklee. Steve is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: Through middle school and high school,...

Reader Spotlight: Lawrence Haber
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Lawrence Haber

Meet Lawrence Haber, a bassist who performs on electric and upright professionally, and studied privately with Joe Macaro, Gerald Veasley, and John JD DeServio. “I consider myself an amalgam of all three who share discipline, focus, and passion,” he shares. Lawrence is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I am professional electric and upright...