2017 Reader Favorites – #1: Joe Dart

Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of the top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls, or anything else. Just having some fun.

Joe Dart

Outside of his incredible bass playing, no one knew much about Joe Dart. That changed in August when he sat down with Mitch to record episode #32 of Groove – the No Treble podcast. (That episode was the most popular of 2017 too.)

And as always, Vulfpeck shared a healthy dose of videos over the year featuring Dart’s solid grooves.

We’ve been featuring Dart and Vulfpeck since 2011. We were thrilled to see him hit the reader favorites list in the past (2013 and 2016) – and to see him hit #1 this year for the first time.

Groove – Episode #32: Joe Dart

1. Groove – Episode #32: Joe Dart

Let’s just call it a “mutual admiration society.” Vulfpeck bassist, Joe Dart, has always been very kind to the No Treble community. And all of us – here at No Treble – can’t get enough of his funky grooves that often dominate and lead the band’s music. What’s most interesting is how “in the shadows” Dart’s life has been. It’s time for his story to shine through…

The Other Brothers: Joe Dart’s Isolated Bass on “Boogie On Reggae Woman”

2. The Other Brothers: Joe Dart’s Isolated Bass on “Boogie On Reggae Woman”

The Other Brothers guitarist John Morrison shared this clip with us after having Vulfpeck’s Joe Dart sit in with them on a performance of Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman.” They recorded the performance and isolated Dart’s bass from the rest of the band…

Vulfpeck with Bernard Purdie: Kid Charlemagne

3. Vulfpeck with Bernard Purdie: Kid Charlemagne

This must be what living the dream looks like. Vulfpeck performed with drum legend Bernard Purdie at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York last year, which included this cover of Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne,” a tune that originally featured Purdie. And it is obvious bassist Joe Dart was loving life…

Vulfpeck: Live at Red Rocks

4. Vulfpeck: Live at Red Rocks

This is a longer video than we normally share, but hey, it’s Saturday… and it’s Vulfpeck and Joe Dart. Vulfpeck joined Trey Anastasio Band at Red Rocks back in May. Thankfully, they filmed it…

Vulfpeck: Cory Wong

5. Vulfpeck: Cory Wong

What better way to end a week than with some funky goodness from Vulfpeck? Joe Dart gets down on this one. And “Woody smiles. A common reaction to a great bass fill”…

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