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Himalayas: An Interview with Scott Mulvahill
Interviews

Himalayas: An Interview with Scott Mulvahill

Scott Mulvahill is not your average bassist. He’s also not your average singer-songwriter. His latest album, “Himalayas,” is proof of that. We caught up with Mulvahill to learn about his background, lessons learned on the road, and songwriting.

Reader Spotlight: Drue Williams, Jr.
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Drue Williams, Jr.

Meet Drue Williams, Jr., a bassist who got his start thanks to his dad, who was a great Gospel singer and inspired him to take up the instrument. Drue not only performs, but he also started his own bass cabinet company. Here’s his story...

Reader Spotlight: Arnaud Court
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Arnaud Court

Meet Arnaud Court, a bassist from France who got his start thanks to the inspiration of Steve Harris and Cliff Burton. He later expanded his list to Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, and many others. Here’s his story…

Down to the River: An Interview with Berry Duane Oakley
Interviews

Down to the River: An Interview with Berry Duane Oakley

The Allman Betts Band has just released their debut album, “Down To The River.” As you might expect, the group is tied to the Allman Brothers, with Berry Duane Oakley, son of Berry Oakley, on bass. We caught up with Berry Jr. to get the scoop.

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Reader Spotlight: Brian Haringa
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Brian Haringa

READER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Brian Haringa, a bassist from California who got his start on bass thanks to demand, and now relies on his 1969 Fender Jazz (for 20 years and counting). Here’s his story...

Reader Spotlight: Tom Martin
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Tom Martin

Meet Tom Martin, a bassist from California who had some great answers to our “Why I Play the Bass” and “Superpower/claim to fame” questions. Here’s his story...

End to End: An Interview with Barre Phillips
Interviews

End to End: An Interview with Barre Phillips

Barre Phillips has been playing bass for nearly all of his 84 years, and his 1968 album “Journal Violone” is credited as the first ever solo bass record. 51 years later he’s released what he says is his final solo album, “End to End.”

Reader Spotlight: Pedro Zappa
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Pedro Zappa

Last year, we shared what turned out to be a very popular video of ZYkR performing “Only Human,” with Pedro Zappa on bass. Now we get to learn more about him in this edition of Reader Spotlight.

Reader Spotlight: Pete Szaszfai
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Pete Szaszfai

Meet Pete Szaszfai, a bass player from Phoenix who got his musical start on clarinet before switching to bass. Like many of the readers in the spotlight here, Pete said: “Guitar and drums were already taken in the neighborhood band when I started, so I picked up the bass.” Here’s his story...

Stories Behind the Songs: Harvey Brooks
Stories Behind the Songs

Stories Behind the Songs: Harvey Brooks

STORIES BEHIND THE SONGS: The ’60s and ’70s were full of pivotal moments in music with albums that helped spawn new genres and reflect the quickly changing culture. Harvey Brooks played on many of them. Here are 11 of his favorite tracks, in his own words.

Reader Spotlight: Vince Pileggi
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Vince Pileggi

Meet bassist Vince Pileggi, who got his start early on thanks to his grandfather and a baritone guitar. He was drawn to the lower strings, which set him on the path to bass. Here’s his story.

Reader Spotlight: Federico Pecoraro
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Federico Pecoraro

Meet Federico Pecoraro, a busy bassist living in Brussels who once played drums in support of his bass playing dad before switching to bass himself.