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

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...

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...

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Disappearing Man: An Interview with Byron Isaacs
Interviews

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 to say, he’s been around...

Wide Awake: An Interview with Sean Yeaton
Interviews

Wide Awake: An Interview with Sean Yeaton

The new Parquet Courts album, Wide Awake!, is an amazing listen that displays the band’s continued growth and evolution. That’s especially true for bassist Sean Yeaton, whose hooky bass lines serve as a melodic focal point in the music. Like many of us, Yeaton started as a guitarist. He switched to bass specifically for Parquet Courts and although he’s played...

Reader Spotlight: Paul Rogalski
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Paul Rogalski

Paul Rogalski is a busy bassist and educator living in Longmont, Colorado, which is interesting, considering he made his way to Colorado (after Berklee) to slow things down a bit. Paul is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I headed west from Boston back in 1991 and planted my feet in Boulder Colorado. After...

Where We Stand: An Interview with Adi Meyerson
Interviews

Where We Stand: An Interview with Adi Meyerson

Bassist/composer Adi Meyerson has taken the opportunity of her debut album to take a musical snapshot of her life. Where We Stand is a testament to her time as a working bassist in New York City as well as our times. “Music is a way of telling one’s life story and that’s what I try to do every time I...

In Memoriam: Garry Lowe
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Garry Lowe

Bassist Garry Lowe, who played in Canada’s rock/reggae band Big Sugar, has passed way after a two year battle with cancer. He was 65 years old. The new was shared by Gordie and Alex Johnson on the Big Sugar Facebook page. “We lost our dear brother and sweet friend Garry this morning,” they wrote. “He was my greatest musical collaborator,...